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Actually, I think it's a Volvo 840, 1988.....Sometimes (not always), I turn the key to start. The dashboard emergency light all come on. The motor doesn't catch and start....The second time I turn the key, the lights do not come on, and the car starts ok. This happens in hot or cold weather. What can be causing this? How much (estimate) should the repair cost?

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  • asiafilm Nov 06, 2010

    I will try your suggestions the next time the problem happens. If they don't help, I'll ask again. Thanks for your quick help!

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Hi, check the charging system making sure all is working well and the battery will past the test. Replace and repair any questionable parts. Next try to wiggle the ignition key to see if that turns off the lights. Some ignition cylinders can show their age by doing some goofy things, one of them being that the dash lights are on. Wiggle the key and see if they go out. The electrical portion of the switch wears out after time. If in doubt replace and retest.
Replacing the ignition cylinder should be less than $100...

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