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Volvo 240 Problems

Drive Train -- Verified

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 le...

Engine -- Verified

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

Engine -- Verified

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A faulty RPM sensor can cause the Check Engine Light to come on and cause a "No Start" condition.

Engine -- Verified

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 1990-9...

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

A clunking feel from the rear of the car when accelerating from a stop can be caused by worn rear trailing arm bushings and/or torque rod bushings

Volvo 240 Questions and Answers

angellfce, 1990 Volvo 240, Bay Shore, NY

Since I have had this car the air conditioner never was cool enough, it just is horrible to drive this car in the summer. It feels like you are driving without any air conditioner. I was told that ...

denko, 1990 Volvo 240, 2.3L 4 Cylinder, Chester, NY

it's my sons car and the sparkplug wire on the plug nearest the fan belt is always melting and exposing the actual wire and spark to the metal around it making for a very dangerous situation. ...

big maniac, 1990 Volvo 240, 2.3L 4 Cylinder, Accokeek, MD

I rinsed my 1986 volvo 240 dl enigine while the car was running with a high pressure water hose trying to find a transmission leak. I replaced spark plugs, distributor cap and rotor and my car will...

Visitor, 1990 Volvo 240, 2.3L 4 Cylinder, Auburn, CA

My son's 90 Volvo 240 is making a loud clacking sound. It will start and the overhead cam turns but the clacking is deafening. I pulled the cam cover and the lifters are moving. Broken rod or ...

Visitor, 1990 Volvo 240, 2.3L 4 Cylinder, Sarasota, FL

car won't start after adding gas,replaced cpu & fuel pump relay. Tried starting fluid in air intake. checked spark plu,-very dry,not flooded. Did not replace fuel pump(s or filter yet, or ...

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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.

i used to think volvos were shoe boxes with wheels well i still think that about the 240's but i love this car i drove it to canada a few years back with not a problem it wasent the fastest car on the road but it did maake it there and back with ease .the new volvos do look alot better but i cant aford that so for now im good with what i got

one of the best cars i have ever owned. i hope to keep it going for years to come. if you like reliability you would love this car. this car can take some abuse. the only downfall i have to note for this car is that the a/c isn't quite up to par for texas heat.

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