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My 92 volvo 940 cranks but wont start, it has fire and fuel but wont ignite. What else could I look for that im missing? The car has been in are family since it was brand new and never had a problem like this before, in fact I just drove it last night. The car has 212000 miles on it.

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  • racecarboy20 Sep 27, 2009

    No it dosnt turn over farter than normal, and the car has plenty of compressor. I did pullout the plugs and cleaned them off, and I also checked to make sure that each cyilinder had fire.

  • racecarboy20 Sep 28, 2009

    No, The car turns over same as usuall. I took the plugs out and cleaned them and checked each of them for spark but, stll nothing. Have you seen a problem like this before or have any idea what it could be?

  • racecarboy20 Sep 28, 2009

    I havnt done anything else to the car and, got in it this morning to try to start it. When I first started cranking it over it acted like it wanted to start and then nothing. Is it posible that the cyilinder walls could of been washed out from cranking on it so much? I have managed to kill the battery and , I had to jump start it this morning. Is there any more advice that I could be given? Its a 92 volvo 940gl non turbo with 215000 miles on it. If it is the cylinder walls that are washed out then what causes this to happen in these motors?

  • racecarboy20 Sep 28, 2009

    One other thing I dont beleave there is a problem with the timing I installed a new timing belt and water pump 15000 miles ago, but ive heard people say that the non turbo motors have proplem with the cyilinder walls being washed out. why dose that happen and, is that a posobility?

  • racecarboy20 Sep 28, 2009

    Thank you! Im going to check that next and see if there is gas in the oil, and if so let the cyilinders dry out! Thanks again ill keep you posted on how its going!

  • racecarboy20 Sep 28, 2009

    Alright here's an update. I checked the dip stick and it did smell like gas so I pulled out all the spark plugs and cleaned them again. However this time I injected alittle bit of oil in each cyilinder and turned it over by hand to get the oil on the walls. I put the plugs back in and the car started rite up. The only problem is I have no idea what caused the problem in the first place? The third spark plug did have gas on it. Could that be an indication of a bad injector? Have you ever seen this before or what could of caused this?

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    Ronald Park May 11, 2010

    Does it sound like it is turning over faster than normal?



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Check your timing. Sounds like you know what you are doing and if you have spark, fuel, and comptression it should run unless it jumped time. It could be off a tooth or two and still have compression. With high milage that would be something to consider.

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    Ronald Park Sep 28, 2009

    Yes the cylinders may be washed down. The easy way to check is pull out the dip stick and see if you smell gas in the oil. If so the cylinders are gas washed. Pull out the plugs and leave cylinders air out and change the oil. The cause could partly be all the cranking, but check the injectors you may have a stuck one. If it is stuck open it will dump gas into the cylinder all the time needed or not. Let me know and we'll take the next steps to get you running again. I won't abandon you.

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    Ronald Park Sep 28, 2009

    No problem, I'll get back to you as soon as I can when you let me know. Good Luck!!!!

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    Ronald Park Sep 28, 2009

    Yes if the third plug was the main one with gas on it the injector went bad. What happens is thru age the internal seals wear out and the injector won't stop dripping gas causing exactly what you just went thru. I'm glad you found the problem and got the car running again. Now just replace the injector and your done. Good Luck!! Glad I could give you some help.


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