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Starter I do have a Volvo S60 2.4 T 2001. Every time I when I drive my car for few hours. when i park it for 20 minutes and I come back and try to restart the car, the car doesn't start. I have to recharge a battery and restart again. I change the starter and bought a new battery, but it's still giving me the same problem.

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I dont think your problem is the starter i think its the alternator, which is a dog of a job to change. Simple way to check is leave the engine tick over with your front lights on, look at your lights while someone revs the engine, the lights should get brighter if not then 100% certain its the alternator. I build these engines and trust me, take it to you LOCAL garage not the dealer(to costly) its hard to get to, but the local garage will be a lot cheaper and you will get the same result. hope it works for you(let me know) good luck matt

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