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My Car Won't Start

My 86 Volvo 240 DL Wagon, turns over some but won't start. Feels like it's either flooded or cold. I haven't tried it in a few days and maybe that's it.

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  • joshua_stack Jan 03, 2009

    turns over quite normally. at first glance you would think there's no problem. just not igniting, i guess.

  • cindyeasley May 11, 2010

    Does it turn over normally or is it struggeling?

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Check the #7 fuse,even if it looks good pull it out and check it

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