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1999 Volvo V70 Wagon Won't Start

For the last 4 years the check engine light has been on. The timing belt was replaced in 2005. A mechanic up the street that I know replaced all the coils and the spark plugs, things were fine for about a month. Before that I got the recall and Volvo serviced it twice. A private mechanice out a $90 cap on the oxygen sensor and the light stayed off for 3 months. The light came back on. It never goes out. Since I live in PA the car would not pass inspection with the check engine light on. I ended up paying fines of $500 for having invalid inspection stickers.
It is a manual transmission that had seem to have lost it's pick up. In Novemver it ran OK. I went out to start it and it would not turn over. The battery is good because the radio came on. I checked every possible thing out and don't know what it could be. I lost my job so my car has been sitting outside for a month and a half. If I knew what it was I cold get my dad or brother to help me. Does anyone know what to do?

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  • carrier245 Jan 09, 2009

    While I am not an expert on cars, the battery seemed fine. There were no signs of anything the day before. The car sat for a day and then the next day I went to start it an nothing, just would not turn over. Since the car has sat for so long, while I was away the battery is dead. I am going to have to have someone help me jumpstart it and then go from there. I don't think it is the alternator because I have had 2 of those go on me and there were signs such as no radio and very dim headlights at night. Am just wondering if anyone has had the same problem on their Volvo.



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It could be the Oxygen sensor.  As for how many there are or where they are located...I don't know but go to and look at their free online repair manuals.  As for it not starting...could be a loose battery cable or bad starter or the connections on the starter.  Could also have a short in the wiring to the Oxygen sensor.

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Wow! I think u have some sort of record-4 years w/ check engine light on! Ok, 1st u need to have the battery checked. If u take it out u can bring it to an auto parts store where they will check it for free. Your radio may work, and your lights may go on, but u still can have a dead battery (not enough power to turn the engine over). So 1st thing to check is the battery and all the connections to and from it. Let me know how the battery checks out, then we can proceed to get your car running again.

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