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1986 volvo DL wagon

Please help,
Iv'e replaced my alternater yesterday for the 4th time in 4yrs. Is this really just a " Volvo problem" if not, whats the likely cause. I remove and charge my Battery 2 times daily to get to work and home. otherwise i'll need a jump.
Please help.
Thx! Reuben

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  • thumpr321 Jun 25, 2008

    thanks for feedback however I just checked and there's no alternater light. does this mean complete dash removal? I've had the car 4yrs and don't remember ever seeing one. please explain

    in simplest steps to follow.

    Thx alot!




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When you place key into the ignition and turn to "on" position, do you see your alt. light come on? If not, this is the cause of the charging problem. The current has to flow through this light and back to battery to complete the circuit.

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    Lee Quiroz Jun 26, 2008

    Sorry, I may have been incorrect by assuming that you had a charge indicator light on the dash. Do you have a multimeter to test for 12v.? If so, set to 12v. and touch the red lead to the main terminal of the alternator. If you show 14v. you know that the alternator is good. If you do show 14v, touch the pos. and neg. of the battery and see if you have 14v. there as well. If you do not have 14v. at the battery, run an 8ga. jumper from the alternator to the battery and see if you now have 14v at the battery. If you do, you have a problem with the circuit that runs from the alternator to the battery through the wiring harness. You can by pass by mounting the 8ga. from alternator to battery.



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