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1992 Volvo would not start using the ignition switch

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I own a 1992 240 Volvo the car runs perfectly but just this week I'm unable to start the car using the ignition switch when the key is turned on, all other electronic stuff works fine. But the engine would not turn over to start. the only way i can get the engine started is to bridge the starting motor terminals once it starts it runs perfectly the ignition key is used to turn it off but it would not start it up on it's own using the key.
 
I recently installed a new ignition switch and it is still not starting with the key. 
 
I await for your reply
 
Thank you,
 
Lee

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  • imageprint50 Mar 04, 2009

    Hello,

    I own a 1992 240 Volvo the car runs perfectly but just this week I'm unable to start the car using the ignition switch when the key is turned on, all other electronic stuff works fine. But the engine would not turn over to start. the only way i can get the engine started is to bridge the starting motor terminals once it starts it runs perfectly the ignition key is used to turn it off but it would not start it up on it's own using the key.

    I recently installed a new ignition switch and it is still not starting with the key.

    I await for your reply

    Thank you,

    Lee

  • imageprint50 Mar 04, 2009

    Hello,

    I own a 1992 240 Volvo the car runs perfectly but just this week I'm unable to start the car using the ignition switch when the key is turned on, all other electronic stuff works fine. But the engine would not turn over to start. the only way i can get the engine started is to bridge the starting motor terminals once it starts it runs perfectly the ignition key is used to turn it off but it would not start it up on it's own using the key.

    I recently installed a new ignition switch and it is still not starting with the key.

    I await for your reply

    Thank you,

    Lee

  • imageprint50 Mar 05, 2009

    Hello,

    " I own a 1992 240 Volvo the car runs perfectly but just this week I'm unable to start the car using the ignition switch when the key is turned on, all other electronic stuff works fine. But the engine would not turn over to start. the only way i can get the engine started is to bridge the starting motor terminals once it starts it runs perfectly the ignition key is used to turn it off but it would not start it up on it's own using the key."

    (1) I recently installed a new ignition switch and it is still not starting with the key.

    (2) I replace starter cylinoid, it is still not starting with the key i checked the wire that is plugged in to the cylinoid at top of the starter it does not seem to have any electrical power coming from this line. How many voltage should be coming to this wire?

    I await for your reply

    Thank you,

    Lee

  • imageprint50 Mar 05, 2009

    Hello,

    (2) I replace starter cylinoid, it is still not starting with the key i checked the wire that is plugged in to the cylinoid at top of the starter it does not seem to have any electrical power coming from this line. How many voltage should be coming to this wire?

    " I own a 1992 240 Volvo the car runs perfectly but just this week I'm unable to start the car using the ignition switch when the key is turned on, all other electronic stuff works fine. But the engine would not turn over to start. the only way i can get the engine started is to bridge the starting motor terminals once it starts it runs perfectly the ignition key is used to turn it off but it would not start it up on it's own using the key."

    (1) I recently installed a new ignition switch and it is still not starting with the key.

    (2) I replace starter cylinoid, it is still not starting with the key i checked the wire that is plugged in to the cylinoid at top of the starter it does not seem to have any electrical power coming from this line. How many voltage should be coming to this wire?

    I await for your reply

    Thank you,

    Lee

  • imageprint50 Mar 05, 2009

    Hello,

    the electrical wire going to the selonoid it has been tested and not producing any electricity , therefore the selenoid is not getting any power to activate the starter.

    I have already replaced my ignition starting switch and the selenoid on top of the starter.

    Lee

  • imageprint50 Mar 05, 2009

    Hello,

    Unplug the small control circuit wire at the solenoid terminal. Ask your assistant to turn the key to start. Using a voltmeter, test for voltage at the control circuit wire. If the meter reads 0 volts, there is an open in that part of the circuit preventing the solenoid from operating the starter. Locate and fix the open

    My voltage meter is reading 00.3 What do you mean by aopen in that part of the circuit?

    Lee

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This vechile may be equipped with a starter motor relay which will feed the starter soleniod.failing this the you say fitted new ignition switch.was this the part you put ur key in or the black box with wires which fits to the back of the ignition barrel?if its the barrel u have replaced then the fault will likely be in the black box ign switch fitted to the barrel.

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Hello, you seem to be having a neutral safety switch problem. If you can't start it in park try putting in neutral sometimes it may work. If it still dosen't you may try to move the shifter a little while holding key over to start, this will tell you if it is just out of adjustment. If this doesn't work you will need to have a neutral safety switch installed.Thank you, Please rate my answer.

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    Hello, its going more than likly be the neutral safety switch.

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    Hello, The manual lever position switch is what you are giong to be having a problem with. It thinks you are in a gear and will not let the ignition power go to the solenoid on the starter.You will have to replace it on the side of the transmission.

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Did u have the anti theft system re-programmed for the new key and cylinder, if not that is the problem, if it was doing the same thing with the old key it was either the key or the sensor for the key code, but u must have the system re programmed by the dealer.

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Hi

You should be getting 12 volts down the selenoid wire, on turning the ignition key.

This is where your problem lies, check back feed, to the new ignition switch you fitted.

Good Luck !

John.

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Hi there, i suggest checking the operational value of the solenoid before going out and replacing it. here is a step by step method on how to do this procedure.



Step1 Check that your car battery1992 Volvo would not start using the ignition swit - mag-glass_10x10.gif is fully charged before beginning these tests. Step2 Move the gear to neutral if you are diagnosing a car with a standard transmission or park if you are diagnosing a car with an automatic transmission. Step3 Apply the parking brake and make sure to stay away from moving engine partsmag-glass_10x10.gif as you proceed with these tests. Step4 Disconnect the coil high tension cable form the distributor cap and ground it using a short jumper wire. Step5 Ask your assistant to turn the ignition key to start while you listen for a click at the starter solenoid. If you hear a firm click, go to step 9 if you have an on-starter solenoid; go to steps 10 and 11 if you have a remote-mounted solenoid. If you hear a weak click or repeated click sounds, go to the next step. Step6 Unplug the small control circuit wire at the solenoid terminal. If there are two small wires, disconnect the one marked with an S, otherwise check the wiring diagram for your particular vehicle to locate this wire. Step7 Connect a jumper wire to the battery positive terminal. As you bring the other jumper wire’s end in touch with the solenoid’s control circuit terminal you should hear a solid click; if you do not hear any sounds or hear a weak or chattering sound, make sure the solenoid is properly grounded and there is no corrosion or other substance preventing a good ground. Repeat the test. If you still don’t hear a solid click, replace the solenoid. Step8 Unplug the small control circuit wire at the solenoid terminal. Ask your assistant to turn the key to start. Using a voltmeter, test for voltage at the control circuit wire. If the meter reads 0 volts, there is an open in that part of the circuit preventing the solenoid from operating the starter. Locate and fix the open. Step9 Ask your assistant to turn the key to start. Check for a voltage drop between the solenoid's battery terminal and the starter motor strap. The voltage drop should be no more than 0.2 volts, otherwise replace the solenoid. Make sure the battery cable is well connected to the solenoid. Remember, this step is only for an on-starter solenoid. Step10 Ask your assistant to turn the key to start. Check for a voltage drop across the two cable connections on the solenoid. The voltage drop should not exceed 0.2 volts. If it does, make sure the cable connections are completely clean and well connected. If you still read over 0.2 volts, replace the solenoid. Remember, this step and the next one are only for remote-mounted solenoids. Step11 Unplug the small control circuit wire at the solenoid’s terminal. Using your multimeter, measure the resistance between the control circuit terminal and the solenoid’s ground bracket. If the resistance is above 5 ohms, replace the solenoid. Remember, this step is only for remote-mounted solenoids.



Without it, your car cannot go anywhere. Yet, a starter solenoid’s only job is to complete the circuit between the battery and the starter when you turn the key to start. However, not every start goes as smooth as it should, and the solenoid might refuse to crank the engine, disengage the pinion gear or might keep the starter motor running. Fortunately, with very little knowledge of electricity you can learn to troubleshoot a problematic solenoid. Here we will gain the skills to test both on-starter and remote-mounted solenoids. For these tests, it is better if you have the help of an assistant.

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Ounds like one of the engine sensors. Either the crank shaft sensor or the cam shaft sensor.as the sensor is not working manually .you have to connect the two terminals manually and get the car started.
Check all of the battery terminals and cables and check the wires on the starter/selonoid, start from the battery and follow the cable out and check all conections , clean and tighten them and if it still does it the starter/selonoid is bad and needs replacement.

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Assuming the battery is fully charged, when the ignition key is turned to the start position two things happen. One, 12 volts is sent to the solenoid, which is a piston moved by electrical energy. A gear on the end of the meshes with the flywheel and the starter motor starts turning. As it turns it turns the crankshaft which in turn causes the pistons to move up and down in their cylinders. The starter demands a great deal of energy from the battery to do its job, which means there is less energy available to other parts of the vehicle, including the dash indicators. The second the ignition key does is it closes an electrical ciruit to the ignition coil, which converts low voltages into extremely high voltage needed for the spark plugs. If the starter is spinning the engine and the spark plugs are firing, then you will need to look for failure in another part of the engine, such as fuel or air supply.

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This problem arises due to two things: either a  ignition switch or a  starter solenoid .you said ignition switch is replaced so its definately a starter solenoid problem.replace it to solve the problem  thanks.

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You need to replace starter cylinoid.

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You need to replace the starter. the solonoid is going bad. after replacing this will fix your problem.

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You need to replace the starter solenoid, possibly replace also the starter motor, it use to fail shhortly after the magnet.

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    If you jumped the starter motor, and it is working, then check and eventually replace ignition coil, switch and cylinder.

    If you have already replaced ignition, check wiring harness to ignition switch in steering column.

    Also ensure it is not your anti theft system kicking in and blocking the motor.


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