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Volvo S70 won't start - battery, generator, or other

A few weeks ago my car (2000 Volvo S70) wouldn't start. When I turned the key, the dash board lights came on, it started clicking, but it wouldn't turn over. Up till then, I had no indications of a weak battery. I had it jumped, and it ran/started successfully for a few weeks.

I drove it last night without any problems, but today, again, it wouldn't start. How do I know if it's a battery problem or a bad generator or something else?

The battery is 3-4 years old, and the car has ~90K miles. I attached a voltmeter to the battery after the first jumpstart, and it read 11.99. I didn't check this time.

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  • scgwright Dec 13, 2008

    Dear autodr,

    Great, thanks! After a jumpstart, I will take it to buy a new battery tomorrow. BTW, I got 11.99 volts when the car was off.

  • Basilkren Dec 25, 2008

    Been having this problem for about a year runs good for couple weeks.

    Then it wont turn over like battery dead.Battery and alternator shows good.

    After I jump start and drive it for about 7 miles and turn off engine,it starts up.Had it to 2 mechanics and they can't anything wrong

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Usually multiple clicking (like a machine gun) does indicate lw battery voltage. did you get 11.9 volts with it running or car off? with running you should be over 13.6 min up to 14.0 volts. these cars have a fair amount of electronics with some residual voltage draws which may shorten battery life. 4 yrs is not too bad. i would consider replacing battery

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I have a 2000 Volvo S70 and I am having the SAME problem. I have taken it to multiple mechanics and no one knows what the problem is. The battery checks out fine, there are no electrical draws on the battery, the alternator is fine, etc, etc. And yet, when I try to start it it won't start. I have to rely on getting jumped everytime I go anywhere. It is infuriating. Please please please someone come up with the answer.

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    allondrax3 Oct 04, 2012

    Hi: Did you get any answer? I am having same problem. Thanks.



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