engine stalls on 1997 Volvo 850

stalls out after a few minutes on run time. runs smooth while at idle and high idle, then stalls again. fule gauge works and there is enough gas in tank.

by in Wyoming, MI on December 30, 2010
3 answers 3 comments
ANSWER by on December 30, 2010
Fuel pumps are the main cause of a no start on this model, but these symptoms sound a little different then what you'd normally see when the pump fails. Is the Check Engine Light on and have you checked for diagnostic trouble codes?
COMMENT by on December 30, 2010
the service light comes and goes. my dad inlaw was driving the care when it just stalled. after we put more gas ( to check if gauge was operating correctly, which it is) it started right up then stalled after a couple minutes. i've had the codes read recently and the mass air flow sensor was the only one. recently had turbo worked on and this gentlemen also found many issues with the pcv and and other items of the same and straightened that out. he was thinking that maybe the mass air flow sensor was affected by that and had said that it may be ok at that piont. this was only a couple weeks ago. i'm in michigan and the temp is ranging aroung 30-40 degrees F.
COMMENT by on December 30, 2010
Thanks for the updated info. When you add that someone recently worked on this, that adds some complexity. When that person uses words like "thinks" or "might be" means that they don't really know. You want a technician who can tell you "this is what is wrong". There's a chance you have an intake hose that is bad or a cracked turbo intercooler. Check all the big intake hoses to make sure they are OK. I'm not sure how far Community Auto Repair is from you, but perhaps you can have them look at it, it sounds like they know what they are talking about. One thing, even though it may be due for service, there's no regular service on this vehicle that if not performed will cause this problem. So get the problem fixed before performing any regular maintenance. Good Luck
ANSWER by on December 30, 2010
Hi, hope this gets fixed
ANSWER by on December 30, 2010
It would be best to have the car in for testing and diagnosis, esp. if the check engine light was on previously. If the SERVICE light is coming on for the first 2 min. of running, that means the vehicle is due for routine service. Normally air flow meters do not cause a no-start condition, just poor running & poor fuel economy & yes sometimes a stalling condition. A few questions: Will the car idle by itself? Will it stay running if the gas pedal is pressed on? Is there smoke from the tail pipe or foul odors when running? Call Todd or Dave @ 616.774.7048 www.communityautomotive.com
COMMENT by on December 30, 2010
no oders and stays running while pedal is pressed then stalls after a minute or so of running at a higher idle. unsure if it will idle on it's own. i will check that and get back to you. thanks for the help thus far. joe
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