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I have a 2002 S60 T5 with approximate 70k Miles. About 2 months ago I got an alram/siren warning message-took it to a dealer (first time using this dealer) as we moved from the west coast and have tried several dealers on East coast without finding one we trust and feel is competent--when in CA we loved the dealer (had several volvos always happy with service) replaced alarm and siren. Dealer said diagnostics indicate a battery drain caused by a bad PDM, dealer did not have PDM in stock so work wasn't done. Car currently will not start w/o a jump, took to an independent volvo mechanic who has been recommened--so far he has confirmed a 9V battery drain but can not locate source--says PDM is good--he removed every fuse indidually and drain continues-- he is still working on trying to locate problem but looking for ideas, help.....

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  • srosenberg11 Sep 10, 2009

    wouldn't the electric draw end when fuses were removed if it was the trunk or glovebox light????

  • srosenberg11 Sep 10, 2009

    by the way would a battery needing replacement show a 9v drain?



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You may have something as simple as a glovebox lamp or trunklamp that is staying on when the lid is closed.Easy to check those before you start getting too deep. The reason I suggest these two is that I worked for Volvo as a tech and found this situation after ripping my hair out for hours, more than once.You might also just have a battery that has done it's service and now wants to retire. If you have power seats take a quick under the front seats from the rear and check for a possible soda can or other form of debris that may have squeezed a wiring harness. Lastly an alternator regulator which is intergral with the alternator can cause a draw if it goes faulty. Disconnect the tickler harness(pull off connector) from the alternator and see if you've still got a draw. I'll be following your results, I'm intrigued by your situation. Good luck my friend, Dana

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    Dana Newcombe Sep 10, 2009

    Not always depending on what side of the circuit the fault is on.Please continue to check the other options mentioned heretofore,Thank you, Dana



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