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      '87 240dl Runs great most of the time

      I recently purchased a 1987 Volvo 240dl. I literally found it as a couple was pushing it out of the road and I offered to buy it from them. The couple pulled it home and I went to their house later that evening and purchased the car. When I got in it, I turned the key, it cranked but didn't start. I did that twice and then it stated on the third time. It sounded great. I drove it home, (about 10 miles) with no problems. The next day it started just fine and I drove it around a little. Then a couple of more days venturing further from the house each time. No problems. I went ahead and got it licensed and drove it to work. Halfway to work I started up a big hill and it started to sputter. By the time I got to the top it died and wouldn't restart. I took the day off and replaced the main fuel pump and filter. Started fine, and I drove it home. Next day: went to work, almost made it to the big hill and it sputtered and died. wouldn't start. After work I replaced the main fuel pump relay and it still wouldn't start. I jumpered the main fuel pump and the in tank fuel pump at the fuse box, (Number 4 to number 6). It started and I drove it home.

      Now I'm trying to figure out how to trouble shoot this further. How do I read codes on this car? What is the best way to proceed with trouble shooting this problem?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Bdub240 View Post
      I recently purchased a 1987 Volvo 240dl. I literally found it as a couple was pushing it out of the road and I offered to buy it from them. The couple pulled it home and I went to their house later that evening and purchased the car. When I got in it, I turned the key, it cranked but didn't start. I did that twice and then it stated on the third time. It sounded great. I drove it home, (about 10 miles) with no problems. The next day it started just fine and I drove it around a little. Then a couple of more days venturing further from the house each time. No problems. I went ahead and got it licensed and drove it to work. Halfway to work I started up a big hill and it started to sputter. By the time I got to the top it died and wouldn't restart. I took the day off and replaced the main fuel pump and filter. Started fine, and I drove it home. Next day: went to work, almost made it to the big hill and it sputtered and died. wouldn't start. After work I replaced the main fuel pump relay and it still wouldn't start. I jumpered the main fuel pump and the in tank fuel pump at the fuse box, (Number 4 to number 6). It started and I drove it home.

      Now I'm trying to figure out how to trouble shoot this further. How do I read codes on this car? What is the best way to proceed with trouble shooting this problem?
      Welcome to Swedespeed, Brandon.

      No OBD on the '87 240.

      Here is all you will need to get the car reliable...

      http://www.k-jet.org/

      George Dill

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      Just a thought, but how much gas was in the tank when it died on the steep hill? You may have a dead in-tank pump.
      '88 244 auto (parts car), '89 244 5 spd. (daily driver), '92 245 5 spd. (my car) '80 Holiday Rambler/Ford E350 (tow vehicle and track crash pad), '95 GMC K2500 (local hauler/back-up tow vehicle), '83 Mazda RX7 (race car when I have the funds), '99 Miska 20' car hauler.

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      This is the best tutorial out there with great pics.

      http://cleanflametrap.com/transferPump.htm

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