1999 Volvo S80 Car Starter

Tiny
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  • 1999 VOLVO S80
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 100,900 MILES
My car just receintly had its whole exaust replaced. Since getting it back, I have had problems starting the car. It always starts, but it turns over a few times when the engine is cold (the first time I start it in 8 hours). I am wondering if it is a battery poblem or if spark plugs might need to be changed. Or is the starter going? Thank you for your help
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Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 AT 8:51 AM

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Tiny
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Do you have a good strong crank whe it is cranking over or is it a very slow crank? Do any warning messages come on the instrument cluster when it wont start? Why did you have the exhaust system replaced?
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Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 AT 11:13 AM
Tiny
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The car has started every time. But it turns over, and yes it has a strong crank. The reason the exaust was replaced was due to many years living in boston and it just was rusted and done. I just don't want to take it to the volvo specialists if all I need is a battery.
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Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 AT 9:02 PM
Tiny
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No there are warning lights.
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Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 AT 9:08 PM
Tiny
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I dont blame you, those guys can be pretty expensive =O! And a strong cranking engine indicates the battery is working properly. Now I need to know if your problem happens only with one key or do you notice it with both keys? If it is only with the one key then the transponder chip in the key is failling and the only fix for that is to replace and program a new key. If the problem is with both key, then for some basics you need to make sure there are no other keys with transponders on them attached to the same key ring. If you have something like a fast track pass near the ignition switch like on top near the instrument cluster then move it somewhere else. Those things will interfere with antenna ring and key communication. Now a couple of things I forgot to ask? When you are cranking whether it starts or does not start, does the RPM needle fluctuate on you? Also has the check engine light come on or was it on before and then it went out? If the light was on or curently on, have you had it scanned for trouble codes? If not, can you get it scanned and post the codes on here? Some place like AutoZone may be able to scan it for you at no charge? Let me know please.
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Friday, June 25th, 2010 AT 2:22 AM
Tiny
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Thank you for your help so far. Due to the fact I can't be with out a car, I have taken it in to a local mechanic that specializes in volvos. So I am unable to check the second key, but that makes sense (the car is over 10 years old). There is a fast lane responder in the car but it is up by the top center of the windshild. The RPM need IS fluctuating. The check engine light does come on and go off after 2 minutes. The last time we had it hooked up to the computer is was due to wiring of the rear licence plate light. Which is fine, but the sensor doesn't recognize it is working. Since it is at the mechanic I will make sure he has scanned the car computer to see what it says is wrong and I will ask if it could be the key. Thank you again. You have been very informative
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Friday, June 25th, 2010 AT 7:51 AM
Tiny
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If the needle soes fluctuate and jumps around. Have him look at TNN# 28-0011 for rerouting battery cable away from the RPM sensor. It is an old TNN but see what he finds first during his diagnosis.
Good luck and keep me posted.
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Friday, June 25th, 2010 AT 5:12 PM

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