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No Start do to Failed Starter Control Module on Volvo S40

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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

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Average mileage: 93,662 (27,000–273,238)
9 model years affected: 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, more2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
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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.
Was out running errands when I got back to my car it suddenly would not start. Battery was fine, fuses all okay, the display kept giving the message "turn steering, try again." Steering wheel would rotate completely in both directions although the message was in reference to an "immobilizer" feature that locks the steering wheel - since the wheel was not locked it was impossible to "unlock" it so it would accept the startup. Tried for over an hour, and could not get the car to start, so had it towed back to my house ... tow truck driver incidentally mentioned he'd seen this issue with numerous Volvo in the 2002-2010 range, and the only solution of which he knew was to have either the steering control and/or the ignition replaced ...

Seems to me as if this is a design flaw, and should be subject to a recall ...
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.
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
Labor=$238
The switch will g thru the first 2 turns but 3 & 4 to start the engine it just clicks as if dead battery. It is the starter though. After serveral attempts it may or may not start. This has happened several times as recent as today. It took about 45 minutes working with the starter before it finally started.
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.
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.
It sucked! Needed to be towed... warranty was just up on the 3 yrs owning car, and this was extremely expensive.
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).
"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).
Car died and had battery replaced. Car died again and having it towed tomorrow. Seems like it may be the starter problem.
2006 S40 2 litre diesel UK car

Cleaned intake manifold as it was almost completely full of carbon deposits. Upon trying to start the car afterwards it took a few tries before it eventually turned over and started. it then ran fine for 5 minutes. Tried it the next day and it wouldn't start. turned key to position 2 and all lights/electrics work. turned to position 3 and nothing except notice on dash, Immobiliser see manual. Checked any relays related to starting. recharged the battery, disconnected it and reconnected it. waited 24hrs.

In the end had the car towed, they ran a diagnostic check and cleaned some connecters which got it started. It now starts but not always on first turn of the key. Might buy and fit a new ignition switch as I don't fancy being stranded. Considering getting rid of the car as not many people seem to solve the issue with a new ignition switch