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Old 05-31-2006, 07:29 PM   #1
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I have a 1993ish Volvo station wagon and every time I turn it on it stalls out on me. I can get it to stay on by pressing on the gas as I turn it on. Someone told me that I should put fuel injector cleaner (like STP I think) the next time I fill up my gas tank. Does this sound like what I need to do?
It seems to be worse the warmer it is and if my car has been sitting for longer, like overnight or at the end of a work day. And I checked and I do have oil and coolant in it, beyond that I’m lost in my engine.
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just bang your head against the wheel! haven't you seen back to the future?
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^ I'll give it a try. I'm up for trying anything that means I don't have to take it into the mechanic
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hey pattip, thanks for the popmart dvd by the way...you may try a fuel injector cleaner. that would help with gas efficiency (I've experimented and it surprisingly worked). I used Prestone brand...I don't really think that would completely solve your problem though. Have a local mechanic look at it (make sure you know how much they'll charge for looking).
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Re: A car question

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I have a 1993ish Volvo station wagon and every time I turn it on it stalls out on me. I can get it to stay on by pressing on the gas as I turn it on. Someone told me that I should put fuel injector cleaner (like STP I think) the next time I fill up my gas tank. Does this sound like what I need to do?
It seems to be worse the warmer it is and if my car has been sitting for longer, like overnight or at the end of a work day. And I checked and I do have oil and coolant in it, beyond that I’m lost in my engine.
Could be an ignition problem. Try resetting the computer by unhooking the battery for a moment.
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throttle position sensor?
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vaccum hose?
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Could be an ignition problem. Try resetting the computer by unhooking the battery for a moment.
I will try that



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vaccum hose?




I’m really hoping for something I can fix myself or a problem that will just magically go away. Thanks for the ideas, I’ll try the battery thing and the fuel injector cleaner. If those don’t work than I guess I’m going to have to check with a professional.
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It's a tough one. My car was stalling out last month. A length of vaccum hose was leaking. Cost me $.65 to replace it. Car fixed.

But what's happening to you could be so many things, from $.65 cent repairs to $1,000+ repairs.

Are you getting a "Check Engine" light? If so, go to an auto parts store and have them read the code. It'll help you isolate the problem. But it sounds like a mechanic is in your future.
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my Check Engine light has been on for three years!
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