Volvo 240 Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Volvo 240

Volvo 240 Problems

Transmission Overdrive Inoperative, Upshift Arrow On All the Time

The transmission overdrive relay often fails, preventing the transmission from shifting into overdrive. In some cases the Overdrive light may stay all the time or not come on at all. The relay is located behind the center console, just left of the glove box. Before replacing the relay it is crucial that the wire leading to the overdrive solenoid is inspected to ensure it isn't shorting out on the transmission case. Failure to check this may lead to a failure of a newly installed relay.

Driveability Issues Due to Failed Mass Air Flow Sensor

Engine drivability problems can be caused by a failing mass air flow sensor.

"No start" Due to Failed Fuel Pump Relay

Very common issue. Seems to occur more often when the vehicle has been driven then parked for less than a half hour. Then you try to start the engine and it cranks over fine but doesn't start. The fuel pump relay fails to provide power to the fuel pump due to a crack in the relay circuit board.
If you look on the relay there's a date code. If the date is older than 1991, replace it no matter what. Volvo came out with a newer relay after 1990-91 and the later relays are better made.

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Volvo 240 Questions

Heater core bypassed,new water pump and thermostat,coolant clean but overheating (2 answers)

The radiator hoses when squeezed and car is off they put make the reservoir gurgle. The car is over heating and spilling coolant from the reservoir once its heating up. No leaks anywhere.

Replaced battery and alternator and car still dies. (1 answer)

I made sure the connection on the alternator are secure. Some were loose and one broke because it was corroded.

Fuse box under hood (1 answer)

Car won't start replaced fuel filter,line pump, coil, rotor and distributor cap and fuel pump relay motor turns and wants to start its seems no fuel is reaching engin help

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Volvo 240 Reviews

My1990 Volvo 240 I have owned this car for seven years. It has now reached 140,000 and and has many more miles in her. All it has had is routine maintenance, Brakes oil changes a new radiator, and still starts first time every time. A brilliant car will go on and on.
great car will last for ever
I purchased this car for $1 and it has been running for 4 years. New brakes, fuel pump, radiator, water pump, alternator, battery, and frequent oil changes... all done by myself. This car is so solid. They sure don't make'em like this anymore.

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