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Volvo S40 Problems With Starter Control Modules

Volvo S40 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Average Mileage: 82,045 mi (27,000 mi - 145,000 mi)


The engine may not start due to a failed starter control module. If the module has indeed failed, it will require replacement.

  • Visitor, , 72,500 mi

    Dash lights came on, but would not crank. Key error message came on.
    DTCS codes CEM DD11 1A41 fault traced to start control unit.
    Ignition switch=$195

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  • Cmo63, , 104,000 mi

    Car may start fine you turn it off to go in store get back in go to start nothing. All lights come on but nothing. Changed pnp switch fine for 3 days then did it again. Found video on youtube where you turn ignition to start and back 3 or 4 times then will start. This works sometimes but video gave no explanation of what is happening. Any ideas.

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  •  Rookie

    Car would not start after several tries. Battery and lights ok. Mechanic replaced starter assembly. Worked fine for two weeks. Then would not start again. After about two hours, went back to car and it started fine. Drove it back to the mechanic. Still at the shop. Mechanic waiting for it to stall for him.

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  • Visitor, , 27,000 mi

    Car stalled on a parking lot, jump start did not help, towed it to the dealer, found out the starter control module had to be replaced. Quoted $475.00+tax (this quote includes diagnostic fee of $98.00).

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  • Visitor, , 70,000 mi

    "Key error". Problem arose suddenly. Could lock and unlock car but wouldn't start. None of the temporary fixes that you read about online (e.g., lock and unlock the care several times, put "key" in the ignition and bang on it with a hammer) worked for me. Delay in getting it fixed after it was at the dealership because car wasn't initially towed INTO the shop. Also, took them a long time to run through the diagnostics. Final bill will be around $600 plus towing (which also cost more than usual because it's AWD and the car was in a parking structure when the problem arose).

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  • Visitor, , 100,000 mi

    Two service charges and tow, repair $1000.00 and wait for parts ...out of town left with another Volvo...which had horrid services from dealers
    dealers....yes engine mount issue currently.

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  • Visitor, , 120,000 mi

    Car would not start. After numerous tries, key locked in ignition. Car was dead. Got boost and car started on first try. Happened twic, where I needed a boost. This am car would not turn over, but did on second try.

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  • Visitor, , 93,000 mi

    key error please try again ughhh...

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  • Visitor, , 50,000 mi

    It sucked! Needed to be towed... warranty was just up on the 3 yrs owning car, and this was extremely expensive.

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  • Visitor, , 52,000 mi

    key stuck in ignition with car on

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