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Electrical fault in a '99 2.5 20V V70.

The first sign of the problem was a flat battery after few days of non-use. Further investigation indicates that the engine system circuit is not shutting down when the ignition is turned off. This is evident in that the relay is not powering down and resetting and as a result the engine management components continue to draw power. However, if the Engine System Relay (in the Main Fuse Box) is disconnected and reconnected, or the battery is momentarily disconnected, the circuit shuts down and remains shut down until the ignition switch is powered on. The problem will then reoccur when the ignition switch is turned off.
The relay itself is OK, the issue is that the relay is still powered when the ignition switch is switched off. Whatever is activating that relay is not reset until the battery is momentarily disconnected or the relay itself is disconnected and reconnected.

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    tony yeatman May 11, 2010

    Have you tested the ignition barrel.Its the master control for power distribution etc?



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sounds like an poor earthing problem. in dc circuits offs go to ground, try cleaning up all earths and also look for any lives that may be shorting to the body or chassis

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