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Sometimes the motor won't turn over; just a click when I turn the

Sometimes when I try to crank my 1984 Volvo DL I only get a click and no engine start. My dash lights work, radio works, headlamps work, etc., just no motor start. But if I continue to turn the ignition about a dozen times or so, the motor will finally turn over and start. This does not happen everytime I try to crank my car; it happens sporatically, which is the worst part because I never know where I'll be when it happens. Very annoying. My theory is that I need to replace the starter, but I do not know for sure. Can I do this myself? My mechanic is great, but always expensive.
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Is this a diesle? I had one of the Volvo Diesles year ago, and had this problem. If its a diesle, you can start with the starter and solenoid, but you are probably going to have to take it in. They are great engines but need a specialist. not a back yard mechanic.

If it is the starter yes, you can do this your self. There is no real skill to putting in a starter. Clean the area and the starter to be removed as well as you can. Go out and buy a couple cans of carberator cleaner and a stiff brush that you can use to remove any excess debree. there are basicaly 2 ways a starter goes in. Meaning lateraly or horizontaly. There are a couple of wires that go to a starter. If your not sure do what I do. Take a picture after its all cleaned. Print it off and use it as a referance. Also use some tape and mark them in a way so you cant mess it up. Next, there are usually 3-4 bolts that hold in the starter. Remove them. _rember there are gears on a starter. So pull it gentaly so not to break anything and remember did you have to do any angles to get it out. You will probably have to angle it back in. Starters typicaly have 2 parts a starter and a solenoid. They can come together or separate. Take this in mind when removing. Now the tricky part. Did your starter have a shim. this is a thin premeasured piece of metal that makes your starter farther away than it would be from the fly wheal. Its causes a gap. Some need it some don't. Ask your parts sales person if they come with them. Usually they are free. Also, you may need to remove the starter after all your hard work is done. because you may need to put in take out or change the shim size they gave you. So don't get mad at litle details. Its not a hard job to do. Once you have done this it will seam very easy. After getting the new one in place, put the bolts back on. make sure its tight. check on the torque before you start, so you don't break your starter mounts or under tighten. Now put your wires back on and start it up. If you get this really lowd SCREACH. Then you know you need to play with the shims some. Thats why I said pay very careful attention to whats up there when you take it out.

good luck and Buy a Chilton for your car. This will actually give you pictures and step by step directions for this and many many simple jobs.

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It might be the starter, but it could be ignition switch, i can't tell you exactly where its at but on most cars its under dash on steering colume. now does starter click and don't turn engine over? or does it do nothing when you turn the key ? if it clicks then i would say its the starter, if it does nothing no click then i would say its switch. you can do it yourself but unless you have done something like this before its probaly left to someone thats done one. or at least have someone there to guide you if you decide to do it yourself.

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