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My 850 volvo won't run on idle, it keeps coughing and shutting down

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Check fuel system.replace fuel filter.if it has not been changed recently.

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Idle speed for my volvo 850 too low. needs turning up slightly? when i start the car the idle revs are too low and car cuts out. but when its warmed up idling is fine.


Idol is controled by the computer. You need to run a diagnostic on the vehicle to determine what sensor is going bad. My best guess at this point is throttle position sensor or erg.

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My Volvo 850 won't run on idle, it keeps coughing and shutting down. it's not running smoothly but once it starts moving it runs well


sounds like a locked up torque converter
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if not... could be the IAC

However, without diagnoses we are just guessing and you are throwing parts... easy... but not cheap

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If you have not already replaced the idle control valve then remove it and soak it in brake cleaner for about 30 minutes to remove any oil residue which may prevent it from operating correctly.Before you refit it dry it fully with a clean lint free cloth.

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I Would Suggest That You Complete A Engine Cylinder Leak Down Test.....(not A Compression Test But A Leak Down Test) this will tell you if you have internal problems....possible worn rings or a burnt valve(s) I would use a smoke machine to check for vacuum leaks also. Good Luck

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