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1994 Volvo 850 wagon dies without warning and then won't start...

Mechanic said he checked the fuel pump and it seemed ok but noticed a loose wire on the battery. Tightened that up and the car was fine for a day then died in the middle of traffic. Would not start..Turns over but won't start. Was on the phone with AAA to send a tow truck and tried one more time, it started! Drove it right back to the mechanic and he took out the fuel pump relay. It was really hot and he thought he noticed a spot that looked like a short so he replaced that. Car drove fine for a week and then today would not start when my husband was trying to drive home from work (it worked fine in the morning). Could it be bad crank sensor? bad cam angle sensor? distributor cap? or a clogged fuel filter? What should a repair for the above cost? Does my husband have any hope of fixing any of the above himself? Thanks for your help?

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  • mstony7194 Feb 09, 2009

    i have a 1994 volvo 850 its not a wagon but it wont start battery is charged it cranks over what should i do

  • Anonymous Feb 10, 2009

    i have the same problem i just got mine saturday and it wont start you should check if it is getting fuel and spark check the battery and the timing

  • mstony7194 Feb 10, 2009

    i have a 1994 volvo 850 it wont start it is getting spark and fuel lights horn and radio work so battery is charged what else could it be

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I have a 96 850 turbo wagon for 16 years now and they all get their own little glitches, i found that alot of my cars issues were the ignition tumbler was worn, that darn part is so easy to replace and controls so many different things its nuts! i got mine from euro parts for 50 bucks changed it myslf and all the little things worked beautifully again!! dash lights, head lights, alot of little things, try that!! couldnt hurt

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With all the things you've listed that could be wrong, always start with the most obvious and least expensive....fuel filter would be my first shot..a clogged, or partially clogged fuel filter would allow enugh fuel to pass through it until the demand was to great...in effect..you'd be emptying the filter of all available fuel..then whenhte car sits..fuel would accumulate again.


Good guesses on the other parts though...you should grab a wrench and go at it...sound slike you know what yu're doing.

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