1981 Volvo DL, GL and GLT
Loose or corroded battery cable terminals.
Check battery terminals and clamps. Clean or
replace if necessary. Check that the starter cable is
secure at its terminals.
The ground strap, which connects the body to the
rear of the engine, should also be checked for
corrosion or looseness.
Open circuit between ignition/starter switch and
ignition terminal on starter.
The circuit is closed if a clicking sound is heard
from the starter when it is engaged. If no clicking
sound is heard, check that the blue wire at the starter
is secure. If still no clicking sound is heard, the
ignition switch or the wire is defective.
Starter motor defective.
If the above checks have been performed, and no
fault is evident, the starter may be defective.
pg. 84 Service diagnosis
Condition: Starter motor operates but engine does not start
Intake system leaking.
Check vacuum hose connections at manifold and
auxiliary air valve.
No fuel reaching engine.
Check for fuel in the tank.
Check fuses No 5, 7 and 13
Remove one spark plug wire and unscrew the radio
interference suppressor. Hold the wire approx.
3/8" (10 mm) from the valve cover and run the starter.
If there is no spark, check that the high tension lead
from the coil to the distributor cap is connected and
that the wires to the distributor and coil are connected.
Spark plugs, high tension leads or distributor
cap wet or defective.
Clean the parts with a dry cloth or spray with a
moisture remover. Replace defective or worn parts.
Cold start injector defective.
Test the cold start injector function with cold and hot
Rest pressure incorrect.
Test rest pressure and the fuel system for leaks.*
If no fault is found following the above steps, contact
your Volvo dealer.
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