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Car will not start when Mass Air Flow sensor is plugged in; when it is unplugged the car will idle and gradually idle up if you give it very little fuel at a time. Installed a used Mass Air Flow sensor and nothing changed. Any ideas.

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  • mcloughli234 Sep 04, 2008

    car is slow to start , when it does , it will fire on chamber 4 first , then 3 then 1 and later , about 30 mins 2. on a long drive it will run smooth, but I really am scared of the damage I will do turning a stsrter for 30 mins and then running on half an engine for 20 mins. have replaced middle pump ,the one under left rear wheel . The model is a volvo 240 gl first reg march1989 1986cc .Thanks ,regards Adrian

  • Jgarcia3032 Jan 23, 2009

    Hello I'am working on a 1989 volvo 240 it was working fine and one day it started to idle ruff and then it die stared up one more time and same idel and would die, now it will not start changed fuel pump relay,crnak sensor, cold crank sensor and fuel pressure regualotr and won't start. Checked all fuses, jump fuse 4 anmd 6 to fire up fuel pumps, cleaned out 25 amp fuse by power streeing box and checked for spark everything appears to work need help !

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    the car want stay started

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    Can I run with it unplug for a week or two??

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    Car starts for a few seconds then stalls

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Hi there, when air flow unplugged, ecu goes into limp home mode ,a back up if something dies whilst driving. it sounds as if your used mass air flow sensor is faulty , they are more fragile than they look, one knock and these early fine wire models are gone. i replaced many when i worked at a volvo dealership a few years ago. hope this helps, and good luck.

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It dont do it for me , maybe someone out there can helpmcloughli234

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DTC P0121: Throttle Position (TP) Sensor 1 Performance
Circuit/System Description
The engine control module (ECM) uses the following information to calculate an expected airflow rate:
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The throttle position (TP)


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The barometric pressure (BARO)


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The manifold absolute pressure (MAP)


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The intake air temperature (IAT)


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The engine RPM


P0121 The predicted air flow and the predicted MAP combined are outside a calibrated range for more than 3 seconds.
Circuit/System Testing

  1. Inspect for the following conditions:
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    Vacuum hoses for splits, kinks, and proper connections as shown on Vehicle Emission Control Information label


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    Inspect thoroughly for any type of leak or restriction


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    Air leaks at throttle body mounting area and intake manifold sealing surfaces


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    Throttle body for dirt, debris, and coking--Refer to Throttle Body Cleaning.

  3. Allow the engine to reach operating temperature. Observe the MAP Sensor Voltage parameter with a scan tool. Voltage should be more than 0.8 volt and less than 4 volts.
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    If more than 4 volts or less than 0.8 volt, refer to DTC P0106.

  5. Idle the engine. Observe the MAP Sensor kPa parameter with a scan tool. Increase the engine speed slowly and then back to idle. The MAP sensor kPa should change smoothly and gradually as engine speed is increased and returned to idle.
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    If the MAP sensor kPa does not change, refer to DTC P0106.

  7. Take a snapshot of the engine data list while performing the actions listed below. The mass air flow (MAF) sensor g/s should change smoothly and gradually as the engine speed is increased and is returned to idle.
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    Idle the engine.


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    Increase the engine speed slowly to 3,000 RPM, then back to idle.


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    Exit from the snapshot and review the data.


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    Observe the Mass Air Flow (MAF) Sensor parameter frame by frame with a scan tool. The MAF sensor g/s should change smoothly and gradually as the engine speed is increased and is returned to idle.


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    If the MAF sensor g/s does not change smoothly and gradually as the engine speed is increased and is returned to idle, refer to DTC P0101 or P1101.

  9. Inspect the throttle body for the following conditions:
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Loose or damaged throttle blade


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Broken throttle shaft


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Any throttle body damage


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If any of these conditions exist, replace the throttle body assembly.

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Running rough?? If i took a guess I'd say there's a faulty injector. Does it smoke like hell ?? Does it also miss at idle?- If so get a line wrench and a rag handy. Start the car and while idling wrap the rag around the base of the fuel line connector on injector 1 and crack it just a bit until fuel comes out. It might spray, thus the rag. If the miss gets worse, that ain't the injector to blame. Continue with the other 3. If you crack a line and there is no or very little change in the miss then you found the guilty party.

On a long shot it could also be a stuck valve.

Did that get it?? It sounds like an issue other than MAF but.... get a multimeter and try probing the connecter to the MAF. When you find out what it is , please let me know. I'm curious

*The key must be on*

pin 1- ignore it
pin 2- gnd = 12-14v
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Possible Symptoms

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Possible Causes
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  • Intake Air Filter dirty/faulty
  • Ground Spots corroded or Paint Residue
  • Wiring and/or Connections from/to Mass Air Flow Sensor (G70) faulty
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I suspect you have an idle circuit issue. When the thottle is closed, the throttle valve is almost closed (like 95%). The linkage on the throttle body is against the hard stop.
SO, when idling you need a way to let enough air into the engine to maintain an idle speed. The IAC, Idle Air Control valve is the way you do that and the engine computer controls the rate of air flow.
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I assume you 2.0L SPI engine & not Zetec.


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  1. Disconnect the idle air control (IAC) valve electrical connector (air cleaner outlet tube removed for clarity).
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  1. Remove the IAC valve.
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  1. Remove and discard the IAC valve gasket.
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  1. Remove the air cleaner outlet pipe.
  1. Disconnect the mass air flow (MAF) sensor electrical connector.
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  1. Remove the MAF sensor.
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clean element inside carefully


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