Volvo Penta Forum

This is the best Volvo Penta Forum on the internet, it's yours! If you own a Volvo Penta engine.   Are you looking for good advice about your Volvo Penta engine problems and issues. All you need to know about your engine issues and good advice from your fellow boaters.

From inboard diesel and outboard engine and electrical and electronics systems to engine and alarm issues, tilt and trim issues, this is the place to find information.

Volvo Penta Forum

So where do you start? There is a lot to know. I get asked regularly about what is the problem, and more importantly and how to fix a problem. I am a boat owner and that’s why I have published a dozen books to tell you all that you need to know about how to take care of your boats and systems.

My name is JOHN C PAYNE, and many of you may already have one of my books on marine electrical and electronics systems (The recently published Marine Electrical and Electronics Bible now in it’s 4th Edition) or perhaps one of the many other books on sailboats and yacht systems.

The Volvo Penta Forum for Answers to Questions

I am not an armchair expert, but a qualified and practicing marine electrician and engineer and a marine surveyor. I do this for a living.  Let this website help you with the boat forum! Thousands of people input with answers to problems.

What is your engine problem? If you know what the problem is then you are halfway towards finding  the right solution. Why not choose from one of my many books to help you fix your problems. Here are some hot topics for the boat-forum:

Battery Charging How to keep the power on and solve battery charging problems

Starting Issues - why wont it start?

Trim Tabs - and issues with same

This is just a fraction of the 3000 plus questions that were posted, and it is hoped that this NEW Volvo Penta forum and bulletin board does the same.

The Volvo Penta Forum is also a great place to look for spare parts that are hard to find, share your problems and experience with others, ask questions, share stories and more about my books and related topics and a lot more. Create your own web page every time you submit an article and include great low resolution images as well. 

How to Post Questions to this Volvo Penta Forum

Forum Editors Forum Rules! Yes there are a few basics when posting!

1. DONT TYPE IN ALL CAPITALS as it will not be posted. Don't use any HTML code as it will be deleted

2. Don't use bad language or profanity as it will not be posted.

3. To post to the Outboard Forum please at least use a first name and location with your email address in the notification page, so you will get a message when someone leaves a comment.

4. You need to insert a couple of sentences describing you problem and add an image if possible as it helps others. If you insert just a couple of words using SMS speak the system will reject it.

5. Don't Spam the site with multiple submissions.

6. We receive dozens of posts a day and it is quite impossible to reply to more than just a few given this is a free site and I don't have enough time given I have a day job. 

7. It helps if you start the headline with your Volvo Penta engine make/model number. Save the problem description to the text, more detail means better answers.

8. Got a different engine or outboard then please post it at the correct Forum page for your outboard make.

Do You Have Volvo Penta Engine Problems?

Do you have Volvo Penta engine problems? Share it on the Forum! Whether you are looking advice on an diesel motor or a difficult marine electrical or electronics technical problem then post your story or message! UPLOAD AN IMAGE OF YOUR PROBLEM EQUIPMENT! Give us a detailed description, short 5 word posts are not much use and will not be posted. Put your boat info, outboard make and model or basic detail in the post title.

Have a Volvo Penta problem to share?

Volvo Penta engine problems and issues? need someone to try and help resolve them? Then use this forum and maybe someone can help.

What Other Visitors Have Said

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1991 Chaparral with a volvo penta engine 
My brother in law fixed the hydrolics on the outboard so the it would go up an down. We took it to the lake and it did good, no over heating but it was …

1994 Larson 194 Sri Volvo Penta 5.0 
Was running it was doing great hit sand bar still doing good for bout 30 mins then just started grinding slowed down to idle trying to get it back to launch …

2002 5.0 Volvo Penta engine bogging down 
Today we went to the lake and the boat was running great. We stopped at the beach and dropped off some smaller kids and picked up 5 teens to go tubing. …

249 volvo penta 5.0 
I have a glastron gs249 volvo penta 5.0 with 220 hp and a carb on it ,,it starts great and idles great and running slow it is great but i can slowly …

volvo penta 5.0 holding back from 3/4 to full throttle 
i have a glastron gs249 with a volvo penta 5.0 220hp and a carb. starts great and idles great but but when i hit it up to get on plain if i go slow …

Volvo AQ145A Engine stalls. 
Hi everyone im in need of some help please with a problem i have with my one of the volvo penta aq145a engines, when i fire it up it will run for 10 minuets …

2004 Volvo Penta 5.0L GXI Tachometer stopped working 
Hi all, I don't have the engine manual yet, but I did order one. Until it arrives, has anyone else had the problem with the tachometer not working? …

2004 volvo penta sx 5.0L Not rated yet
Very hard steering either direction. Can the steering cable be rebuilt or lubricated? Was able to disconnect cable at steering wheel and cable looks like …

1997 Glastron 4.3 Volvopenta  Not rated yet
After sitting up all winter we have finally found time to go out in the boat, put a fresh battery in it, fresh gas, checked the oil that all checks out …

2007 Glastron with Volvo Penta 4.3 SX-A slipping until warm Not rated yet
Happened once last year and now again this year. When I first put it in the water for the day so cold, it feels like the engine is spinning fast but the …

1996 5.8 litre Volvo Penta Not rated yet
Tried to start the boat after winter storage and it will turn over but not fire. I have not diagnosed a gas or spark problem yet.

Volvo Penta 5.0 GXI 260hp 2003 moddel Not rated yet
2003 Regal 2000 bowrider with 5.0 GXI Volvo Penta. 3 yrs ago, the engine wouldn't start. the mechanic said it was the fuel pump assembly, he removed it …

Volvo Penta 5.0 Not rated yet
Engine in 26 ft striper. Just replaced starter but now water is not circulating. Also, the throttle cable does not move at the engine. I thought is was …

4 cylinder valvo Penta Capri 1987 Not rated yet
It was running good hit something and I messed up the exhaust changed it now when I get it to start it looks like water is coming in from the lower back …

2000 5.7 volvo Not rated yet
When started the steering wheel shakes from side to side. Really bad when trimmed up

Volvo penta 4.3 GL PEFS 2000 Not rated yet
Checked oil on dipstick was overfill Drained it to find fuel mixed with oil. Where is it coming from or where do I begin to look.

Volvo Penta I/O refitting inboard Not rated yet
hello, I have a 1997 sportcraft 252 230 volvo diesel, i/o I have engine and out drive out due to some costume work i decided to relocate live well, and …

refitting to inboard from volvo i/o Not rated yet
hello, I have a 1997 sportcraft 252 230 volvo diesel, i/o I have engine and out drive out due to some costume work i decided to relocate live well, and …

Prop slipping Not rated yet
2018 mercury 90hp 4 stroke prop feels to be slipping at high rpm and fine at low rpm. Replaced hub and problem still remains.

2005 4.3L Gxi V6 Volvo Penta acceleration issue Not rated yet
2005 4.3L Gxi V6 starts and idles fine and runs smooth at accelerated speeds without a load. Unfortunately, accelerating under a load, it will climb thru …

5.7 L Volvo Penta on 74 Chris-Craft  Not rated yet
I'm trying to figure out the specs for a recently aquired 25ft 1974 Chris Craft with the 5.7L Volvo Penta V8 such as it's top speed up torque ect ect, …

Volvo Penta 2003 series 28hp 3 cylinder High Idling Not rated yet
What could be causing my Volvo penta 2003 series 28hp 3 cylinder in my sailboat idle at 1500 RPMs. Way too high that's what I normally run Full Throttle …

Volvo penta 2002 saildrive marine engine Not rated yet
This motor make a loud noise when cranking, have replaced exhaust elbow and had fuel pumps serviced but noise still there.Has anyone any suggestions as …

Volvo Penta drive Fuel injection stops working Not rated yet
1999 seaswirl stripper 5.7 liter Chevy engine, Volvo Penta drive. No fuel from the injector's after 30 seconds to a minute of running. Replaced all the …

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1995 Volvo Penta 3.0 starting Not rated yet
The engine turns over but no spark. By jiggling throttle handle it it will fire right up and run fine. When I turn if off it may or may not start again …

5.0 Volvo Penta Motor will crank and immediately shut off Not rated yet
2005 Chaparral SSi 236 with 5.0 Volvo Penta. I've had no issues with the boat cranking until last week. Crunk right up and went 3 minutes down the lake …

1996 Volvo 5.0 efi rattling noise Not rated yet
When accelerating there is a noticeable rattling from the starboard side of engine compartment. Starts at about 1200 - 1500 rpm and stops when the boat …

volvo penta 225d problem with speed /rpm Not rated yet
i have volvo penta 225d motor on my glastron 214, and before i go to 4500 rpm and now only 3200 rpm...i dont know where the problem is...the speed was …

Volvo Penta 5.0 FL Starter will not crank Not rated yet
I had this problem and I removed the starter motor and had it tested, it was fine. I ended up changing the slave solenoid after which, the ground wire …

Reverse polarity in my 5.7 Volvo Penta Not rated yet
Last spring (in the process of starting to de-winterizing our boat) my husband accidentally hooked up the dual battery cables backwards and tried to start …

Unplugged Volvo Penta Electronic Throttle  Not rated yet
I just bought a 1998 21' Cape Horn Fishing boat with tower. It has a Evenrude E-tec 200 that is driven by a Volvo Penta electronic throttle control. …

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