Alternator fun with 02 XC 70

Discussion in 'Volvo XC70' started by jhuddy12345, Nov 2, 2006.

  1. jhuddy12345

    jhuddy12345 Guest

    My mechanic has had to put now THREE alternators in my XC70. Is this
    bizarre? I'm worried about the third one since the previous two lasted
    a week. It's been about a week. He's attempted to see if anything was
    burning them out but found nothing. He thinks it was defective Bosch
    parts, but three in a row seems ridiculous. Anyone have any thoughts?
    jhuddy12345, Nov 2, 2006
  2. Do you know what sort of failures... bearings or diodes? Modern alternators
    put out vast amounts of current, but unlike the big 35 amp dinosaurs of the
    70s they can't do that for long without cooking themselves. You don't have a
    high power class A amplifier in the stereo system, I presume?

    Michael Pardee, Nov 2, 2006
  3. jhuddy12345

    Roadie Guest

    It would be highly unlikely to have three bad replacement alternators
    in a row. I would be worried that he is just swapping parts and not
    looking for the cause of the problem. You didn't indicate what the
    symptoms were. Battery going dead rapidly, alternator light on all the
    time, or??

    You may want to consider finding another mechanic, preferably an
    independent experienced with Volvo cars or a Volvo dealer.
    Roadie, Nov 2, 2006
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