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Thread: Intermittent starting problem - 2000 V70XC

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    I don't know if I'm having the same problem.
    I got it passed down by a girlfriend and she was having this issue too..
    It will intermittently not want to start. The engine will spin but you rarely hear a sputter. Right now it is like that and and hence the reason for me on this post.
    The last time it occurred I had it towed to a mechanic and he told me it was totally flooded.
    I'm going to try to find the wire described here on this post and see if I can start it before I touch the wire and then wiggle the wire and try to crank it again. I'll post the results...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikesco3 View Post
    The engine will spin but you rarely hear a sputter. The last time it occurred I had it towed to a mechanic and he told me it was totally flooded...
    Dont waste your time checking the starter, as you said -"the engine will spin". Possibly the clue is "you rarely hear a sputter" and "told me it was flooded".

    Does the engine sound like it is spinning over faster than normal? (higher pitched sound) If so what can happen is somehow the engine "looses it's compression". I know this seems impossible but it happens on the Volvo engines that have hydraulic lifters. (didn't see a car listed in your profile) I used to have at least a car a month towed in for that reason, - won't start, spins over ok but won't catch.

    Many different theories have been given for this condition occuring - gas washed cylinder walls, sticking valves in the guides - but 90% of the time to get the car started simply (with a fully charged battery/charger attached) - spin the engine over with the gas pedal completely depressed until it catches - this may take a minute or two - as the engine is spinning you will hear it start to fire on 1, then2, then 3, then 4 - eventually it will run on all. Do not let up on the key until it starts - (yes you will be afraid the starter will melt)

    What seems to cause this to occur is people start their car and only let it run for a few seconds before turning it off. (say to move a car in the driveway to get out of the way of another) The next time the car wont start, it spins over and won't catch with a higher pitched sound coming from the engine (due to the lack of compression)

    The cure is to never run the engine for less than a few minutes, but - make sure the temp sending unit is operating correctly and the oil is not contaminated with gasoline. (and other obvious things like the spark plugs have been replaced on a reasonable interval)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Volvo Gal View Post
    We have a 2003 Volvo XC70 Cross Country that randomly doesn't start. After letting it sit for a day or so we would try again and somehow it would start again. We finally found that there is a wire that is part of (or right next to) the starter. It has a white plastic clip on the end that slides onto a piece of flat metal. It can slip off very easily but usually just wiggles loose so that you get the intermittent problem. Every time our Volvo won't start I go straight for the wire, push it back on, and the car starts again. We aren't 100% sure, but we think it may be the ground wire for the starter. Hope this helps!
    Thank you, for your advice. It works for me. But, I was not sure which wire, I did play the wire connected to the starter solenoid. If that is not the one, please attach a picture If you don'the mind. BTW, what is the permanent fix will be for this problem? Thank you

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    Had similar problems with a relatives 2000xc. Spent many $ with an indy in Cols OH trying to fix it. The problem was related to an ECU communication issue cured by a software download by the dealer in that city in less than 24 hours. It has been running flawlessly since.

    Good luck!

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    Mine was doping the same issue... I even tried holy water... turns out iot was the neutral switch... This worked every time. quickly run the shift up and down about 20 tiomes or so with the key in the on posiotion... I had changed relays,key rings ... but this was the fix....

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    Had an intermittent crank problem on my MY04 over the weekend - I pulled off the white spade clip at the solenoid and cleaned up both sides with sandpaper, and it seems to be OK now. I removed the 'over the engine' air pipe to get better access, and now have picked up a 'hunting idle' - i think I caused a vacuum leak.
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    Have you checked out the youtube on checking for a vacuum leak using smoke?
    I just built a smoke machine using a old fashion metal cartridge oil filter housing and some smouldering cardboard. I have an electric vacuum/pressure pump and used it to push the air into the "smoke machine"
    I hooked a hose into the master cylinder brake vacuum hose less than a minute later I spotted smoke coming from 3 hoses
    good luck
    Hank

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mellion View Post
    Thank you, for your advice. It works for me. But, I was not sure which wire, I did play the wire connected to the starter solenoid. If that is not the one, please attach a picture If you don'the mind. BTW, what is the permanent fix will be for this problem? Thank you
    Quote Originally Posted by Volvo Gal View Post
    We have a 2003 Volvo XC70 Cross Country that randomly doesn't start. After letting it sit for a day or so we would try again and somehow it would start again. We finally found that there is a wire that is part of (or right next to) the starter. It has a white plastic clip on the end that slides onto a piece of flat metal. It can slip off very easily but usually just wiggles loose so that you get the intermittent problem. Every time our Volvo won't start I go straight for the wire, push it back on, and the car starts again. We aren't 100% sure, but we think it may be the ground wire for the starter. Hope this helps!
    Volvo Gal: THANK YOU. I have had this intermittent problem on repeated, randomly space occasions over the course of the past year. Your solution worked! I have literally just signed up for this forum only to thank you!!

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