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1983 volvo no spark replaced engine computer

Fuel pump clicks no start or spark

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Check the fuel pump relay it's behind the glove box. They are known for weak solder joints and the ignition coil won't get current if the relay is bad. Also check the VSS (vehical speed sensor) it hard to get at you'll should buy a repair manual. Check out this forum http://www.automotiveforums.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=708847

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Had 2 of them great cars, there is a relay pasenger sdei on wheel well or relay under radio drivers side cant remrmber which, good luck,dc

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