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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 1997 Volvo 850

1997 Volvo 850

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1997 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.

1997 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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Electrical & Lights, September 15, 1999

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. OPERATION OF THE HEADLIGHT SWITCH, OVER AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, CAN RESULT IN INCONSISTENT OPERATION OF THE SWITCH.

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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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1997 Volvo 850 Questions and Answers

sandblasting101, 1997 Volvo 850, Turbo, Salinas, CA

Just replaced the head and need to get smogged. I can't seem to find anyone who will tell me drive cycle needed to reset readiness monitor. Even Volvo dealers just tell me to drive it or pay...

mindyjensen, 1997 Volvo 850, Turbo, Salt Lake City, UT

I just recently let my friend start working on my car and it seems one thing after another went wrong. He fixed one thing then another thing needed to be fixed. Do you know where I can get a listin...

mindyjensen, 1997 Volvo 850, Turbo, Salt Lake City, UT

the 2 error codes that i am currently getting are p0141 i think is the 02 sensor and the other is p0132. and i have had a lot of work done on it already but i will see what i can do about getting y...

mindyjensen, 1997 Volvo 850, Turbo, Salt Lake City, UT

i would like to know if you could give me a breif description on how to fix the oil pressure leak that i have now? And if i need to do anything else?

berniesRN, 1997 Volvo 850, w/o Turbo, Sylacauga, AL

the defrost fogs the windows faster when the heater is on to the point you can not see & all the windows are fogged.

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1997 Volvo 850 Reviews

Have owned it 4 years now with minor repairs needed, strut bushing, PNP switch, and ABS module. The car gets 30 MPG on the freeway, and with 161,000 miles it's gonna last me a while.

I've owned this car for a few years and it has had some of the typical problems associated with this vehicle, ABS control module failed, broken shock mount, broken upper motor mount, leaking turbo return line seals etc. The vehicle is a good daily driver but requires regular maintenance and repairs to keep it in good condition.

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