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2003 Volvo S40 Question: Electrical issue when starting

 

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atavarez3, 1.9L 4 Cylinder Turbo, San Antonio, TX, February 22, 2011, 18:47
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When I put the key into the ignition, the headlights and dashboard lights light up...But when I try and start the engine---the headlights and dashboard lights just flicker on and off and engine will not start?

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    Superbob February 22, 2011, 19:06
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    Sounds like a discharged or failing battery or bad connections at the battery terminals.

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    Visitor, February 22, 2011, 21:49

    Thanks for the reply...(Oh...I also forgot to mention that when I jump started the battery...was able to drive...but about 20-30 minutes after I arrived home and tried to re-start...I encountered the same problem as above...) Does this further confirm failing battery...

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    Bret Bodas from RepairPal Test Shop, February 23, 2011, 08:44
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    Have the charging system checked out, but also have a Volvo shop check the immobilizer system.
    (The immobilizer is the security system where you have a microchip in the key that prevents someone from starting you car with another key)

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