Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Won't start, added starting fluid 1994 Volvo 960

asked by on

My car was in my garage for a year and had not been started or driven. I tried starting it but the battery was dead. So I bought a new battery and tried starting it again. But the car wouldn’t start. I put some new gas in my tank and sprayed the air intake with starting fluid. I tried to start it and almost got it, but it died. I tried this for 3 days but it didn’t help. What should I do now and how can I get my car running?

A: Hi there. Thanks for writing in about your ...

Hi there. Thanks for writing in about your 1994 Volvo 960. The most common cause of this is a failed fuel pump. When this kind of car sits for a while, the fuel gums up the fuel pump keeping it from functioning when you try and restart it. Some of the time as it sits in new fuel it can free up, but most of the time, the fuel pump needs to be replaced.

I usually test the pump for voltage first. If it is not getting power, then it is a circuit issue. If it is, then the pump is bad. If you are going to have it repaired, consider YourMechanic, as a certified mechanic can come to your home or office to diagnose the starting issue and perform the appropriate repairs.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Issues starting car

The battery is basically a storage device that must be regularly charged by the alternator. If a battery is allowed to sit dormant for a long time, it will become discharged. Eventually, it will become discharged to the point it...

Q: Do I have to break in my new vehicle?

If you’ve recently purchased a vehicle, you’re in luck. This vehicle doesn’t require any elaborate or tedious “breaking in” activities. However, your new vehicle will last longer and run more efficiently if you follow these guidelines when you first begin...

Q: Advice on buying a used European car

Unfortunately, "used" and "reliable" are two words that typically don't go well together with European cars. They are expensive cars to repair and fix. A long time ago, the Volvos were good cars and a '93 240 wasn't a bad...

Related articles

Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.