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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1996 Volvo 850

1996 Volvo 850

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1996 Volvo 850 Problems

Engine -- Verified

It's quite common for the the fuel pump to fail, causing a no start condition. The engine will crank over but it will not start.
To verify this the fuel pressure and electrical power to the fuel pump should be checked. If the pump is getting power and there's no pressure, replace the pump. If it isn't getting power, check the fuel pump relay circuit.

Heating & Air Conditioning -- Verified

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The AC evaporator can develop a leak resulting in insufficient AC cooling. Our technicians recommend when replacing the evaporator, have a pollen filter kit installed to help with air quality in the cabin.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

If you hear a loud knocking noise from the rear of the car while driving then there's a good chance the rear upper shock mounting plate is broken. We suggest replacing both rear upper shock plates at the same time because the other one is likely ready to fail as well.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

The electronic portion of the ignition switch may malfunction, causing some dash lights to stay on. When this happens, a wiggle of the ignition key should temporarily return everything to normal.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

A knocking noise over bumps from the front end can be caused by a worn out sway bar link rod. Replacement of the rod will be necessary to fix this issue.

1996 Volvo 850 Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., February 19, 2003

Summary: ON SOME SEDANS AND STATION WAGONS EQUIPPED WITH SEAT HEATERS, IT IS POSSIBLE THAT EXCESSIVE COMPRESSION OF THE SEAT CUSHION COULD CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE ELECTRICAL WIRING OF THE SEAT HEATER.

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Engine, October 28, 1996

Summary: ENGINE BLOCK HEATERS INSTALLED AS ACCESSORIES. THE BLOCK HEATER CONTACT SURFACE DOES NOT MATCH CORRECTLY WITH THE ENGINE BLOCK AS INTENDED. THE BLOCK HEATER COULD COME LOOSE FROM THE ENGINE BLOCK, AND IF BEING USED, COULD POSSIBLY OVERHEAT CAUSING DAMAGE IF IT COMES IN CONTACT WITH OTHER ENGINE COMPARTMENT COMPONENTS.

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Engine, September 24, 2004

Summary: ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, AFTER PROLONGED EXPOSURE TO HEAT, THE FUEL TANK MAY SEEP OR LEAK FUEL AT THE POINTS WHERE THE HEAT SHIELD IS ATTACHED.

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1996 Volvo 850 Questions and Answers

jaksprat, 1996 Volvo 850, Peabody, MA

what is radio code thank you

Visitor, 1996 Volvo 850, Jeffersonville, IN

Not having problems, don't have the car yet.I'm trying to find a good dependable used car for my son..I know buying used you shoulde expect to need to do repairs I just trying to find out...

weather, 1996 Volvo 850, w/o Turbo, San Jose, CA

air cond. leak told upper lower hoses plus possible compressor leak price to repair?

Teandra, 1996 Volvo 850, w/o Turbo, Baltimore, MD

The check engine light comes on at least every six months for no apparent reason. How much does it cost to replace a leaking radiator in a volvo GLT850, 1996?

lmjua, 1996 Volvo 850, Columbus, GA

blower fan in an 850 GLT will not turn off. Seem to be stuck on high and blowing hot air. Happen all of a sudden. It slowed down some then started blowing strong again. A/C light and Rec light will...

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1996 Volvo 850 Reviews

I bought this car new in 1996. It is my last new car. I have always enjoyed the vehicle. The 5 speed transmission adds a little zip to the drive and the rear spoiler puts just the right angle to the body. The car handles impeccably with the compressible linkage in the rear helping in the handling. I expect to keep this car forever. The brakes are excellent and easy to maintain. The clutch wore out at about 195,000 miles and was replaced. The 5 speed is crisp and precise. The engine is still strong at 225,000 miles and burns no oil and has no leaks. I still have the original exhaust system except for a new muffler at 150,000 miles. It seems that with reasonable service (pretty much by the manual) this car will be with me for quite a while.

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