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Weak engine turnover / shaking engine

Went to turn on 98 Volvo S-90 and engine was very slow to crank, it finally turned over but the engine was shaking so hard the entire car was shaking. I've checked everything from the fluids to the fuses, but I don't have any idea what it could be. Any help is appreciated.

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  • madcams May 11, 2010

    Can you give me more information? What was done before this happened? a Tune up? removing the intake manifold? if neither of these 2 had been done right before, then I would suggest removing the vacuum line from the fuel pressure regulator. If you notice ANY fuel in the vacuum line then the diaphragm has ruptured, and you are burning wayyyy tooo much fuel.


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There could be a few possibilities:
1. Air Mass Sensor
2. Ignition Circuit Units
3. Dirty Idle Valve
4. Dirty Throttle Body
4. Voltage Regulator

Check the above one after another.

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