Dear Mr. Kilmer, I am your fan from Thailand. I have been watching many of your videos and I love all of them. Thank you for sharing your very useful knowledge with people around the world. My 1989…

Cathycrown

Dear Mr. Kilmer,

I am your fan from Thailand. I have been watching many of your videos and I love all of them. Thank you for sharing your very useful knowledge with people around the world.

My 1989 Volvo 740 GLE that I inherited from my grandpa has a problem. The car starts fine in the morning when the engine is cool. However, after I drive it around for a while and turn off the engine for at least half an hour, the car is very hard to start. I turn the key and the engine cranks for around 10 seconds until it builds up enough pressure to start properly. (If I drive around, turn off the engine and restart it after a few minutes, it starts fine. hot start problem?) I already had fuel pump and battery replaced. My mechanic said the spark plugs were all fine. The fuel consumption is very terrible. I don't daily drive the car but after driving around 180 miles, the fuel is almost empty from full tank. When the car starts, I can smell gas from the exhaust pipe too.

I also notice something about the coolant in my car. It drains quite quickly and I need to refill it once a month. Some hose in the car used to leak but I do not see leaks anymore. There is no fluid stain under the car. I tried to use a pressure gauge but I do not see the place to connect it to. I looked up the internet and found that the culprit might be bad fuel pressure regulator or leaking head gasket but I am not sure about it. Would you please tell me what could be the solution to my problem?

Thank you so much for your hard work over the years. I really enjoy your informative videos.
Best regards