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1996 Volvo 850 wagon sputtered @ intersection smell of antifreeze

Tonight driving home approaching a stop sign felt a little loss of power and then car went completely off. Tried to restart all light on dash lit up, cranked but wouldn't start. Got out popped hood, puddle under car. Smell of antifreeze. Then battery died from flashers on for 5 min (battery is only 2 yrs old) jumped battery tried to restart car started and then sputtered out & so did battery. Would it be head gasket?? Alternator?? Thanks

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  • dannbuff Dec 03, 2008

    Hello again we had the car looked at and were told it was the airflow mass sensor. Anyone familiar with this? Is it an easy fix? We were told the part is $270. I did find one cheaper on ebay..should I go w/the Bosch over the replacement? I still don't know why the battery drained..we were having an electrical light show about a month ago it happened twice within that month something was making a noise in the dash & the headlights were flickering off and on. It looked like the hazards were on when they weren't. Hasn't done it since.

  • dannbuff Feb 11, 2009

    Thanks.. it was the mass air flow sensor.



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I would check that the auxilliary drive belt that runs the alternator and probably the water pump hasn't just broken, causing the engine to overheat and the battery to run flat. Just a suggestion, hope it helps.

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