"Hard start" Due to Leaking Fuel Pressure Regulator on Volvo S40

The fuel pressure regulator can leak and cause a hard start condition, without any faults recorded in the engine computer.

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Average mileage: 118,169 (35,000–220,000)
7 model years affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2005, 2008
35 people reported this problem
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Hard start due to leaking fuel pressure regulator. Misdiagnosed as starter problem.
My wife hads trouble starting the car this morning. I tried when I got home it took some time but when I gave it some gas and had kept it cranking for a few extra seconds it started but wanted to die. Kept the idle at 1500-2000 for about 30 seconds then took it for a drive. Drove fine plenty of power and no hesitation. Gas milage has been normal I guess she has not complained. Could this be this similar problem with the fuel pressure regulator or something different.
2003 Volvo S4085,000
The car would occaisionally stall when coming to a stop. Occaisionally would hesitate when going at a green light. Progressively taking longer to start; first it took half a second longer then it took a second longer than usual (noticeable to all in the car). Check the vacuum hose to the fuel pressure regulator to see if yours is cracked. If it is cracked and you find any fuel in there its the fuel pressure regulator. If there is no fuel, just replace the vaccum line. This is a common issue so you can search the enthusiast forums for details. Misdiagnosed as the fuel filter and changing it did help but did not solve it. Try fixing the vacuum line first as it's a lot cheaper than getting the entire fuel pressure regulator ($230 from Volvo). The entire replacement of the unit involved 1 bold and takes 10 minutes if you have no idea what you are doing.
Cold morning car was turn over then stall. Tried several times same thing happened. Just recently replaced (within last 10K miles) spark plugs, fuel filter, ignition coils, and the idle air control. Also the car was not throwing any codes during this process.
It take a while to start when cold and one can small gas in the vehicle after it starts
Same problem. Replaced fuel regulator. problem solved
2003 Volvo S40123,000
car spines over a long time be for it cranks when it is cold. cranks fine after you crank it one time.
2002 Volvo S40156,000
The vehicle has the same problems but does not have a leaking fuel regulator. Not sure if i should replace it because of the known issues or if i should take it to volvo. It also has cam and crank sensor codes. this is not my car so i am working on it after they already replaced cam and crank sensors thinking it would resolve the issue. I took apart the valve timing solenoid, cleaned inspected and tested. It seems to be fine after testing. Inspected the teeth on the cam gear and made sure cam and crank sensor were free of sludge and debris. The internal of the engine is really clean, no sludge or dirt. The fuel regulator hose is in good shape. Volvo dealers will give me no info on the car and give the "you need to just bring it in". I was a service writer at a dealership and i know they can look up service bulletins and could give me a couple common causes since i am 150 miles from the nearest dealer and the car will not start and stay running. Both sensors have been tested and work. I have tested and inspected timing solenoid, fuel pressure regulator and hoses, cam sensor cap and rotor on cam. Volvo of Kansas city will get no business from me. Fingers crossed on tracking this monster down.
Service overdue
2002 Volvo S40114,000
hard to start when the car has been sitting on a warm day
2002 Volvo S40105,000
my2002 Volvo will act like it want to start but it will idle back off it takes about 5 min to get it started. it may be low in oil will that have any thing to do with it.
2004 Volvo S40176,600
Just bought an 04 Volvo S40 LSE. Have the same problem with taking a while to start-up. Brought it to Southwest Auto in Dallas who told me it was the fuel pressure regulator.
2003 Volvo S4075,000
hard to start
2004 Volvo S40140,000
hard starts, have to press gas pedal down to get it to start.
2008 Volvo S4050,600
car didn't start at 50 degrees Fahrenheit tried again and it worked fine does it time to time when its cold out
2008 Volvo S4068,000
On Cold Nights/Mornings, the car would like stall on a startup ignition. It sounds like a low skipping air noise and would fail. Second attempt always fine though. Other than that I love this car haha
2000 Volvo S40150,000
Fpr leaks when I try to start it
2002 Volvo S40220,000
Dealership Volvo S40 diagnosed fuel Pressure Regulator. Going to fix it myself.
2004 Volvo S40163,000
Hard to start in the morning hours.
If you turn the key quickly to start it will fire and then stall. You have to completely turn the key off and then try again to start the S40. On the second try it turns over a long time before it finally starts.
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