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Old 06-14-2005, 00:27   #1 (permalink)
Gary Heston
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Re: Battery drains after a few days

In article <ce0fb$429f3534$42a1bc21$12193@FUSE.NET>,
John Kubler <kubler@fuse.net> wrote:
>We have a 1996 850 Turbo wagon with 60,000 miles. The car has always
>been maintained according to the manual by a Volvo service department.


>The problem we have is that the battery is drained completely after not
>driving the car for a week. We have a new battery (1 yr old), had the
>charging system checked at three different places (Volvo dealer and two
>independant service stations), and all three tell us that everything
>checks out fine. I checked the power draw when the car is parked with
>the ignition off and measured only a few milli amps, too low to drain a
>battery after only one week.


I wouldn't be sure of that; it doesn't take much load if it's there
for a week.

>The only potential source for using battery power could be the
>self-leveling shocks, but I assume that they should not work when the
>engine is nt running.
>Anyone any ideas, suggestions what else to check?


Glove compartment light. I ended up pulling the bulb out of mine; the
catch kept slipping and letting it drop open.


Gary

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Old 06-14-2005, 00:27   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Battery drains after a few days

Glove box door on mine is warped and did not push the switch enough to
turn the light off. I put a rubber bumper on the door to push the
switch, and no more battery drain.


On Fri, 03 Jun 2005 04:04:26 -0000, gheston@hiwaay.net (Gary Heston)
wrote:

>In article <ce0fb$429f3534$42a1bc21$12193@FUSE.NET>,
>John Kubler <kubler@fuse.net> wrote:
>>We have a 1996 850 Turbo wagon with 60,000 miles. The car has always
>>been maintained according to the manual by a Volvo service department.

>
>>The problem we have is that the battery is drained completely after not
>>driving the car for a week. We have a new battery (1 yr old), had the
>>charging system checked at three different places (Volvo dealer and two
>>independant service stations), and all three tell us that everything
>>checks out fine. I checked the power draw when the car is parked with
>>the ignition off and measured only a few milli amps, too low to drain a
>>battery after only one week.

>
>I wouldn't be sure of that; it doesn't take much load if it's there
>for a week.
>
>>The only potential source for using battery power could be the
>>self-leveling shocks, but I assume that they should not work when the
>>engine is nt running.
>>Anyone any ideas, suggestions what else to check?

>
>Glove compartment light. I ended up pulling the bulb out of mine; the
>catch kept slipping and letting it drop open.
>
>
>Gary


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Old 06-14-2005, 00:27   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Battery drains after a few days

Ron wrote:
>
> Glove box door on mine is warped and did not push the switch enough to
> turn the light off. I put a rubber bumper on the door to push the
> switch, and no more battery drain.
>


There are those that glue a penny to the glove box door where it
contacts the switch to accomplish the same thing. A 1 Volvo part!

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