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Lambda Sensor or Air Mass Meter?

Engine starts very difficult and runs really bad. I think it's ether the Lamda Sonde sensor or the Air Mass Meter. The other strange thing is that the cooling fan starts to run straight away after you start the car and keeps running after the engine has stopt like the engine is hot. Does that mean it is probably the Lambda Sonde?

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  • volvoforlife Sep 19, 2008

    THANKS 1 Volvoman! I finally got to changing the temperature sensor. And yep, all problems solved! Runs like a beauty again. Thanks again I'm a new member but I think this site is great!

  • mick838 Dec 06, 2008

    We have a 1998 Volvo V70 T (250,000kms). Engine stumbled to a stop whilst driving. Attempted restarting with no success, ocassionally starts but runs rough - rich, then stalls. Initially suspected a faulty M.A.P sensor - (if there is one fitted??) but could be related to the temp switch fault as mentioned here. Some advise will be greatly appreciated.


  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    the car turns on, then shuts off. then wait a while. then it will start and do the same thing. a mechanic had a meter on it, and it diagnosed , bad o2 you think if i had them both changed that would do the trick?



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Replace the temp sensor in the thermostat housing behind alt(2 wires)

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