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1994 AUTOMATIC SALOON VOLVO 850 JUST WENT DEAD AFTER A NIGHT

HAVE TRIED STARTING THE CAR BUT ABSOLUTELY NO SOUND.
THE ENGINE DOES NOT CRANK AT ALL. GEAR SHIFT IN "p"

HAVE ALSO TRIED REMOTE KEY FIVE OR SIX TIMES TO CLOSE / OPEN THE CAR AND THE ENGINE STILL WON'T TURN...NO SIGN OF SELF STARTER ACTIVATING...

CAN ANYONE PLEASE HELP...AS THIS IS FRUSTRATIING FOR A 78 YEAR OLD SICK OWNER...

WITH THANKS AND REGARDS TO ANYONE WHO CAN SHED SOME ADVICE.

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    Jay Glendenning May 11, 2010

    Try starting it in neutral .. Also be sure that the battery is good and all contacts are good, clean and tight at the battery.

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Hey Magestan!
Sounds like you've got an issue with your alarm module, causing the immobilizer to activate (also known as a "start inhibitor"). I'm not sure what type of alarm you've got, but this will probably help you find out if there is something wrong with it:

There is a panel with relays on it behind the dash. At the bottom of the steering column, by the drivers feet, there is a panel. Remove it to get access to the relay panel (just a couple of torx screws, no breakable clips as far as I can remember). Remove the "double size" relay (probably marked 210-211). Put a wire between the terminals 50E and 50F. This will hotwire the immobilizer and make sure that it always activates when turning the key.

Drive around with the wire in place instead of the relay for a while to see if this helps. If it does you'll know that the problem is related to the alarm system. Keep in mind that you will be without alarm and therefore probably also without remote central locking while doing this.
Make sure that the wire is connected firmly enough so it doesn't come loose. You can also put a fuse on it if it makes you sleep better at night ;)

It might be preferable for you to go to the dealer and tell them that your immobilizer is acting up instead of doing it yourself.
Either that or your starter is simply broken or has bad wiring.
Good luck!

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I would check your battery.

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