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Q: I guess it went out on me a couple of days ago. on 2002 Volvo V70 XC

1st I had a message of battery voltage low, and by the time I was trying to take my car to a mechanic after work, I lost all my other systems. ie. air cond, dummy lights came on for ABS and Airbags, then all my gauges dropped and the car died. Had to charge it 3 times to make it to the mechanic. He is charging quite a bit and I was trying to figure out if it was something we could manage ourselves or not. I don't think I will try it. lol And I can't tell you how much I appreciate your answers. I spent 4 hours yesterday trying to find the info you have given me immediately. THANK YOU!
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The later model Volvos are very sensitive electronically. I have seen Tow Truck drivers blow out computers on these cars trying to 'quick charge' the battery. Replacing the Alternator ( if that is the problem ) is not child's play on this engine. There are things in the way and the serpentine belt is not easy to take on and off even with the Volvo tool. If you want the job done really right, I would pay a trained tech to do it and to use factory quality parts or you will have to do it again in short order. Good Luck!
Thanks so much. I did decide after the last answer that I would go ahead and pay the techs to do it. I love my car and would not want to do anything to it that would cause me later strife. Again, thanks and yeah, when it decided to die, there was absolutely NOTHING on the car that worked! Talk about electronic.
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