volvo dl runs great but feels like it's having a "hiccup" what it this?

Asked by Aug 30, 2012 at 08:20 PM about the 1982 Volvo 240

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

first let me say thanks! i've been on car gurus before and you guys were just right on the money with your answers! hopefully i have the same luck twice...
i have an 82 volvo dl 4speed.  it has a relatively new engine, new hoses, belts, plugs, etc..and i'll be honest, i don't much about the internals of my car, or any car for that matter, i'm just repeating what i've been told.  she drives great but recently i've noticed that the car seems to be having a slight sputter in power as i drive in any gear.  the stutter is so slight i mostly can feel it through the gas pedal but it is notable.  i've also noticed that before i experience this slight hiccup, i hear a slight clicking noise.  i've been told that it could be because i have after-market electrical boots that aren't fitting properly, creating an electrical arc, but i'd really appreciate some other thoughts on what this could be..

1 Answer


Doubt it has anything to do with aftermarket electrical boots. Sounds like either a fuel system issue or ignition issue. Fuel system it depends on whether it is carbureted or fuel injection, you can have the same symptom with both. Best way is to take it to a reputable shop and have them put it on a scope, then you know for sure what you are dealing with...

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • why does my 2009 cobalt hiccup when im driving 2 answers

    My car will hiccup when im driving it. Its like a jerking hesation. Like the motor isnt getting fuel for a split second. Then it drives fine for a bit then does it again.

    2009 Chevrolet Cobalt


    Maintenance & Repair

  • 05 ford f250 5.4l v8 bucks and hiccups

    The 05 ford bucks and hiccups and it turns off but doesn't completely. we changed the fuel filter and the oil in the truck and we ran it down the street worked perfectly fine then we go to leave and w...

    2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty


    Maintenance & Repair

  • Strange hiccup on Mercedes 320 SLK clutch. 2 answers

    Bought used. 35K miles. Manual transmission. Have driven car for one week. Great response. This evening, pressed in clutch to engage 1st gear at take off from stop light. Heard a clunking noise and cl...

    2001 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class SLK 320


    Maintenance & Repair

  • Lurching in 3rd&4th when I give it gas 1 answer

    My Saturn 98 DL GOT A tune up, & now it shimmys in a lurching fast slow hiccup when I have foot on gas pedal...?

    1998 Saturn S-Series


    Maintenance & Repair

Search Volvo 240 Questions

Volvo 240 Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 270
#2 ytlas
Reputation 70
#3 burner
Reputation 60
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Volvo 760
2 listings
Used BMW 3 Series
977 Great Deals out of 31,676 listings starting at $1,000
Used Volkswagen Jetta
438 Great Deals out of 40,423 listings starting at $950
Used Honda Civic
631 Great Deals out of 88,620 listings starting at $995

Used Cars For Sale

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.