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Stalling of 85 volvo GL

I have an 85 Volvo GL with 76,000 miles on it. Just recently, it didn't pass the smog, so I had the catayltic converter fixed and it passed, but now the car is having problems. While driving, especially at low speeds or coming to a stop, the car will just turn off. Sometimes I can restart, and sometimes I cannot. I will have a wait a few minutes for the gauges to go down, and then restart. It's been a hit or miss. I can tell when the car is about to stall, it starts to get jerky so I've been lucky to pull over. I've taken it to mechanic shop and they have had a hard time locating the problem. First, they replaced the ignition coil, and thought it was fine. I took it out of the shop, and it still stalled. Then they found the distributer didn't have sparks, so I've had that replaced. I took it out and it still stalled. Seems to only stall when I'm driving. The shop suggested that I take it to the dealer, and they haven't found a problem either. They said that what I've described sounds like the fuel pumps may be going out. Is it worth replacing if isn't a guarantee? Also, they suggest to replace the fuel relay as well. The dealership has had it for the last week, and they've been driving it on and off hoping to catch it dying, but haven't. I'm trying to figure out if I should replace it or just give up on the car. Any advice.
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  • Manda_69 Jul 20, 2008

    I have a similar problem with my 1984 240 gl volvo, but mine will stall even while going at 110 km/h. I have replaced the fuel filter

  • Anonymous Oct 04, 2008

    I have this problem too while driving. Mine acts up after the car is warm, it's like a loss of power first then a stall out. Sometime I can pull over and restart the car and it will be fine, usually it will start and only let me go about 20 mph so I can limp it into a safe parking area. I'm checking my vacuum hoses. I already replaced both the in tank and booster fuel pumps and the fuel relay. I have a sneaky suspicion it's my ignition wiring harness but I have not found a replacement yet.

  • grrtdd May 11, 2010

    A overlooked problem with 240 older models rough running,cracked inner rubber insulators on spark plug leads with metal caps. They seem to act up after engine is warmed up. they could lead to miss firing but may not a complete stall.



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Check for broken, damaged or stiff wires between the ECU to coil & ECU to hall effect in dissy.
If your not technical get Auto Electrician to wiggle the wiring looms while engine is running & maybe you will find it.

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