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.

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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.

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Volvo Penta 5.0 GL, 2007, Glastron 
Through out the summer the boat/ motor has loss is jump. Taking out yesterday would not get over 3500 rpm, then today nothing over 2000 rpm. In neutral …

1998 Volvo Penta 7.4L Gipwtr  
I am looking for replacement fuel injectors for my motor.My manual says Volvo Penta 3857700. I am looking for cross reference numbers to mercruiser, or …

Ford 5.0 efi 1996 Glastron GS 205 
So the boat has been sitting for 2 years covered and under a round top shelter. Changes plugs, wires and fuel/water separator. It will fire up but just …

Tamd41p Volvo Penta 200 hp. Year 2000 
Problem with white smoke/steam Carried out loads of work such as cleaning heat exchanger , oil cooler ,changed thermostats,cleaned all pipes in connection …

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 …

Volvo Penta 2003 series 28hp 3 cylinder High Idling 
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 …

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. …

5.0 Volvo Penta Motor will crank and immediately shut off 
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 …

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? …

Volvo Penta 5.0 Gi PEFS 2001 Not rated yet
Boat will start fine in the dock. Boat will run fine but will randomly at time loose power. Will throttle it down, and ease it back up and most of the …

Volvo Penta 4.3L carb, 2000, Four Winns Not rated yet
I have a 2000 Four Winns 180 Horizon 4.3L 4 barrel carb. It always starts right up for me but is very cold blooded. I have to run it in neutral 1500+ …

Aq270 Not rated yet
When running boat fast water comes out where my shifter handle is? Where is the seal that stops this? Does not happen when boat is going slow

Volvo Penta, V6 225 DP, 2014 Not rated yet
The boat was in service in June and was not used until two weeks before.. The motor runs fine in neutral in all rpm and the props running freely, but …

AD31 P-A year 2000. on Glastron 249 Not rated yet
starts first time and runs smooth, revs up to 3500 with no load but in gear with load goes up to 2000 but will not go higher, even though the throttle …

Volvo penta 5 ogxi-a ~2002 Not rated yet
No power to fuel pumps. A little history of boat. It was purchased with cracked water jackets. The engine was removed and the water jackets repaired. …

penta single cylinder 9hp 2000 series Not rated yet
after its been running for about 20 mins it starts to struggle. It starts fine without any problems. I have had fuel filters changed but has made no difference …

Volvo AQ151B 1987 Not rated yet
Water in the carburetors. previous owner ran engines dry of fuel carburetors removed and cleaned/set up, fuel filters replaced fuel tank refilled engine …

Volvo Penta B20 AQ130D acceleration issue Not rated yet
My Volvo Penta B20 AQ130D has presented with a puzzling acceleration issue. The motor starts and idles perfectly however on accelerating in gear it fails …

Volvo Penta B20 AQ130D acceleration issue Not rated yet
My Volvo Penta B20 AQ130D has presented with a puzzling acceleration issue. The motor starts and idles perfectly however on accelerating in gear it fails …

Volvo Penta 5.0 GL, 2007, Glastron Not rated yet
Through out the summer the boat/ motor has loss is jump. Taking out yesterday would not get over 3500 rpm, then today nothing over 2000 rpm. In neutral …

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2011 Volvo diesel d-6 435 hp Not rated yet
I have just experienced my 2nd engine failure in less than a year. First one last August, last week my starboard engine did the same exact thing. The first …

1996 Volvo Penta, 5.0 Efi, 260 HP I/O Not rated yet
A trim line hose connector is broken. I need to replace the hose. I have been told that I will need to pull the motor to replace the hose. Estimate was …

2007 Volvo Penta 5.0 Not rated yet
Volvo Penta 5.0 engine dies with rapid deceleration such as when a skier falls down and I pull back the throttle quickly, the engine dies and starts easily …

Volvo Penta 5.7 gxi-f 2005 Not rated yet
I am having trouble with my starboard engine in my Larson 330 Cabrio. First it would not start, so the mechanic changed out the wires on the fuel pump. …

Volvo 5.7 Gi 300 2010 Not rated yet
I was going at cruising speed and the engine just shut off. It would not turn over so I checked over everything and determined the the battery was low …

2005 5.0gxi Volvo penta  Not rated yet
Put the boat in the water today and engine would not start. Took the boat to dock and took the head off the engine finally getting it started when throttle …

2001 Volvo penta 5.7 gi fuel injected Not rated yet
When I try to throttle up and bring the boat on plane, at 2,000 RPM the motor starts to stumble and an engine alarm goes off. Things I have eliminated, …

5.0 l GXI In board 2004 volvo penta Not rated yet
Boat has been in storage for 2 years and now in the water. Engine will start and idle at about 600 rpm for a minute or two and then will stall out. As …

volvo penta 4.3 gl 2001 Not rated yet
Engine is cutting out after warming up. Acts like the key is being shut off. If I let it sit for awhile and it'll drive fine for about 5 minutes. The tac …

Volvo Penta 28hp raw water cooled engine not firing. Not rated yet
Hi there, new to forum and first post! Have a Volvo penta 28hp (2093) inboard engine on my boat. It’s been dry docked for 12 months and was lifted back …

Volvo Penta 28hp raw water cooled engine not firing. Not rated yet
Hi there, new to forum and first post! Have a Volvo penta 28hp (2093) inboard engine on my boat. It’s been dry docked for 12 months and was lifted back …

5.0 Chevy Volvo penta 2004 Not rated yet
Our boat just died in the water though it ran days before. It has fuel ignition with 50+ pounds of gas to the rails but no fuel to the cylinders. We get …

2004 GL 5.0 Volvo Penta Not rated yet
On Saturday ran the boat for a couple of hours no issue actually never had a issue.On Sunday was just going to bring the boat in and went around the lake …

Volvo Penta, D4-300, 2018 Not rated yet
When out cruising and slow down to enter a no wake zone the low oil pressure alarm goes off and shows a pressure of 7psi. Oil level is correct and oil …

5.7 GS 1998 Not rated yet
I have a 21’ Chris Craft Bowrider and was on the water all day, boat was running great, 42mph at about 4700 rpm. Shut it off to swim and when we started …

Volvo Penta 5.0 GXi e 2005 Not rated yet
Replaced long block dew to piston 6 blowing up. Re dressed motor with existing intake fuel injection hoses etc. new items include iac, crank sensor , …

volvo penta 4.3 gl 1999 Not rated yet
Hi, I have two problems. first is most pressing. Was driving it last weekend and it stopped running while I was driving at around 3000 rpm. Just stopped …

volvo penta 4.3 gl 1999 Not rated yet
Hi, I have two problems. first is most pressing. Was driving it last weekend and it stopped running while I was driving at around 3000 rpm. Just stopped …

Volvo Penta D3 130hp Diesel 2010 Not rated yet
Volvo Penta display says "Caution: Check engine". The fault is not specified in greater detail. The display is very basic. Before this, I have had …

1997 four winns horizon 200 volvo penta 5.7 Not rated yet
the trim does not stop with the trim button on the throttle. and the trailer button does not work at all. also when moving the motor up and down the …

2018 Volvo Penta D1-30F Not rated yet
Hi. On my previous boat the engine would not start if I was not in neutral. On this new boat, if I am in gear the engine will still turn over if I press …

Volvo Penta 4.3 GL SX, 2007 Not rated yet
The trim won't go up and down, but the motor goes on. It's stuck all they way up now. I tried adding fluid and it was full. I swapped relays (up and down) …

GM 307QLV 200HP Sterndrive 1972 Chris Craft Lancer 19' Not rated yet
I just picked this boat up a couple weeks ago and I'm new to boating. First few times out it was great, planed out well and would hold 3200-3500rpm cruising …

2000 Volvo Penta 5.0GI Not rated yet
Last week the port engine stoped and drove back in on one engine. I figured out why it stopped just electrical connection. Fixed it tested engines both …

50FAPHUE(or B) Not rated yet
Hello, Boat is a 1995 Four Winns Vista 278, outdrives say Volvo Penta SX, Engines are Ford 5.0 EFI ( looks like Mustang or F150 car engines) One engine …

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Volvo kamd300A Not rated yet
My port engine is producing a lot of black smoke and soot. Also using much more fuel than I should. I.E. Started with 160 gal diesel and ran for 1 hr at …

1995 volvo penta 5.0 fi Not rated yet
boat started up perfect at the boat launch ...ran flawlessly...turned it off and when i went to re start motor started very slow...meaning it took 12- …

Volvo 5.0 gxi 2006 Not rated yet
Engine has always started without need to choke and would hold a perfect idle at about 800 RPM. Very suddenly will not start without choking and dies …

Volvo 5.0 gxi 2006 Not rated yet
Engine has always started without need to choke and would hold a perfect idle at about 800 RPM. Very suddenly will not start without choking and dies …

Volvo Penta TAMD41P-A 1998 Not rated yet
Engine dumped 10litres just oil into bilge of Beneteau Antares from right side engine. No obvious sign where leak from so replaced 10 gaskets from oil …

2002 Chaparral 235 ssi with Volvo Penta 5.0 starting issues Not rated yet
Last year when starting the boat, it would cold start without throttle, first time no issues. Toward the end of the year it stopped doing this and needed …

Volvo TAMD63 L 2001 or 2002 Not rated yet
Hi. My boat has twin Volvo diesels as indicated. It soots and deposits accumulate on the stern esp in a following wind. I have re-proped removing an inch …

1979 AQ140A Not rated yet
Runs and starts fine. Stalls after about 20 minutes of running. It acts as if it's flooding out. It's really hard to start after it stalls and will not …

1975 Apollo 17' closed bow I/O Volvo Penta 4 cup Not rated yet
Hello! So thankful I found this web sight. I am actually in the process of buying a boat (as cheap as possible) with my 4 friends. We love to fish and …

Volvo Penta V8-225 2014 Not rated yet
The boat sat idle for close to 2 years. Started engine and noticed a whining noise from fuel pump. shut down. At this time it did run well just noticed …

Volvo Penta 4.3 gxi 2007 Not rated yet
Starts and runs fine up just before planing out. Bogs down. It set for three years. I remove the gas, I clean the fuel cell and replace the water pump. …

Volvo Penta 5.7 gi 2003 Not rated yet
Volvo Penta 5.7 gi cranks but wont start De-winterized the boat and it started right up. took the boat out 3 or 4 times for about a total of 3 hours …

Mercruiser 5.0GL. 20 Not rated yet
Starts and idles about a minute then bogs down and dies. Restarts and only idles about 30 seconds and dies . It runs at 2000 rpms and momentarily goes …

5.7l 2bbl not sure of model its in a 23ft chris craft Not rated yet
I replaced upper gaskets on engine and didn't take a picture of the coil. Engine is fully reassembled, i tried it with the 2 purple wires on positive …

5.7l 2bbl not sure of model its in a 23ft chris craft Not rated yet
I replaced upper gaskets on engine and didn't take a picture of the coil. Engine is fully reassembled, i tried it with the 2 purple wires on positive …

Volvo Penta, 2D-55E. 5103995386P Not rated yet
These 2D-55E are around 2008 models . I installed 2 new MDI, boxes on the moters. These lasted 27 hours for one and 30 plus for the other. Then I replaced …

Volvo Penta 3.0GS PEFS 2000 Not rated yet
I just replaced the flywheel on my Volvo Penta 3.0GS PEFS and am trying to shim the starter so the flywheel edge is 1/8 inch from the pinion gear shaft. …

Volvo Penta, D4 210, 2003 Not rated yet
Hi, was getting a random fault light that when traced was in relation to a faulty trim sensor. I got my mechanic to replace the trim sensor (part number …

2003 Volvo Penta 5.7L engine Not rated yet
The motor has 102 hours. It was running fine when suddenly the speedometer quit working & the engine started stalling. I put the engine in neutral & …

Aq131 Not rated yet
92 b230 engine Aq131b. Compression good fuel pump pressure to carb and spark at distributor light spark at plug. Not sure if it’s strong enough. Rolls …

Volvo D3-130A-APS 2003001616 2004/05 Not rated yet
EVC SHOWS RED WARNING TRIANGLE + Engine electrics fault require attention soon,Engine revs reduced by half 2000revs can you point me in the most common …

Volvo penta d2-75 2015 saildrive  Not rated yet
The saildrive has 20 hours of the on it. It takes 5 seconds for the drive to engage into forward and 10 seconds for it to engage into reverse. If I run …

volvo penta kamd300A's Not rated yet
My engines were running fine all day, trolling and all. Went to bring engines up to speed for the ride home and my port engine won't sync up to my starboard …

D6 - 370 HP with twin D series IPS Drives  Not rated yet
Steering under power is not very responsive but docking station control has no issues. They are both tied into the EVC system. This is a 2010 Tiara 43 …

5 liter v-8 2007 Not rated yet
Engine starts and runs. revs up in neutral but when in gear in the water it will only rev to 2500 RMP. I have changed the coil, distributor, fuel pump, …

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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 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 …

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 …

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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