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My 88' Volvo 240 gl won't start.

When I turn the key it makes a feeble attempt to spark and then just stops. I recently had the alternator replaced and the battery seems to be fine. I tried putting a bit of gas in it, seeing how it was low before it died, but it doesn't seem to make a difference. Any idea's on what could be causing this?

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  • kirstenlea Dec 03, 2008

    I just bought the car a couple months ago, but the receipts for all repairs says that it was replaced in 06.

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Hi,
The problem can be because of the any of the following situations

  • The air intake might be clogged, so there is fuel but not enough air.
  • The fuel system might be supplying too much or too little fuel to the mix, meaning that combustion does not occur properly.
  • If your spark plug or the wire leading to it is worn out, the spark will be weak.
  • If the wire is cut or missing, or if the system that sends a spark down the wire is not working properly, there will be no spark.
  • If the spark occurs either too early or too late in the cycle (i.e. if the ignition timing is off), the fuel will not ignite at the right time, and this can cause all sorts of problems.
  • Troubleshooting Procedure
    Kindly visit the following link to pin point the problem
    http://www.samarins.com/diagnose/index.html


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    Proton

    Posted on Dec 03, 2008

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    Make sure there is a minimum of a quarter tank in it. If you have Digital Multimeter, check the battery voltage before cranking, if the battery is good, it should be anywhere fro 12-13volts. If its bad, it will be below 9 volts while its cranking. If it cranks fine check your fule pressure. There is a possibility that since the gas was low you overheated the fuel pump.

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      Casey Dec 03, 2008

      Even though the battery was replaced in 06 it can still be bad, it does not take a long time to cause a battery to go bad in a vehicle.

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      Casey Dec 03, 2008

      Like I stated above, check your voltages while vehicle is off, and while attempting to start the vehicle.

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    How old is this battery ?

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