2001 Volvo V70 Battery going dead

Tiny
DKAPLA12
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  • 2001 VOLVO V70
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 113,000 MILES
Low voltage warning came on. Then went off. A few minutes later, ABS failure message, then brake falure message (but brakes were working). Then speedometer went to zero although car was moving and clock went out. Then car stalled but started again. Seems to start OK but then warning lights come back on after a few seconds and car dies. Any ideas? Battery? Alternator? Bad ground? I don't recall every replacing the battery.
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Tuesday, July 6th, 2010 AT 6:28 PM

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Tiny
JIS001
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First thing you need to do is get the battery fully charged and make sure that the battery holds the charge. If it does, and the low voltage comes on only after the vehicle warms up, then the voltage regultor is going bad. Everything is computer control on this vehicle so when voltage starts to get around 9 volts or less, the electronic throttle stops responding and then other warning lights come on because the other control units lacks the 12 volts minimum it needs to operate properly. If they would to scan all the control modules they would see all kinds of fault codes related to low battery voltage. Now with 113k miles on your vehicle you may consider replacing the whole alternator. If it were my car I would only replace the voltage regulator but only because I know how to get to it, I can get the part at cost and I am doing my own labor. If you were my customer I would let you decide. 9 out of 10 times the voltage regulator will solve the problem but you do get that ONE that needs the alternator as well.
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Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 AT 2:16 AM
Tiny
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[quote="JIS001"]First thing you need to do is get the battery fully charged and make sure that the battery holds the charge. If it does, and the low voltage comes on only after the vehicle warms up, then the voltage regultor is going bad.

The problem is how to make sure that the battery holds the charge. When the low voltage comes on, it mans the battery voltage is low. I don't think that the low voltage comes on only after the vehicle warms up, while the battery voltage is still high.
My question is, when the low voltage varning comes up while the car is running, is it most of case that the regulator is broken?
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langao66
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Monday, August 23rd, 2010 AT 2:58 PM
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Have the battery charged up and then have them do a load test. If it fails the load test then you have a bad battery. If it is ok then when the charge light comes on, check to see if the alternator is charging. If it is not replace it. The voltage regulator comes with the alternator.
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Sunday, August 29th, 2010 AT 2:15 AM

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