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Shuts off while driving

I have the same problem as far as the season with the flashing arrow but my car will shut off first then the arrow flashes,usually while in drive or it wont start at all.After anywhere from minutes to hours to days before she starts again.

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  • kl3tus Jan 15, 2009

    I failed to mention that I had already ad this problem a year ago and the PNP switch was replaced then.

  • IfixedYAmom Jan 24, 2009

    My wagon shut off randomly too, but it stopped after I replaced the plugs and wires. a few months after that the arrow started flashing. Moving the gear lever didn't seem to help, but after a few days it stopped. Now it dies every once in a while - usually while I am in a turn, going downhill, or about to go over train tracks when a train is coming. Sheesh!

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Check the fuel relay. There are two of them one nearthe radiator and one near the fuse box, it is the fuse box one thatcauses the problem. Some people have said you can knock on it to get ittemporarily working again, I replaced mine and the problem has notreappeared.
This is the part http://www.drivewire.com/products/volvo-850/fuel-pump-relay/843/

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If it is the flashing arrow on the gearbox, then the problem is most likely the Park-Neutral-Park switch. Rattle the gear lever back and forward a few times and see if it clears. If it does, then it's the switch.

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