dead battery on new XC70

Discussion in 'Volvo C70' started by Mike, Oct 13, 2003.

  1. Mike

    Mike Guest

    I recently experienced a dead battery on my 2004 XC70. This happened
    first thing in the morning after being parked in my driveway
    overnight. Battery seemed to be completely dead - no dome lights, no
    power seat adjustment, no click when attempting to start the vehicle.
    The only difference on this night from the other 30 or so days that I
    have owned the car is that the key was inadvertently left in the
    ignition over night. Ignition was in the OFF position and no doors
    were left open. I was able to start the car after charging the
    battery for approx one hour and everything seems normal since then.
    Any ideas what caused this?
    Mike, Oct 13, 2003
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  2. When you put the key into the ignition, it turns on the interior lights
    until you turn the key to start the car. The interior lights run the
    battery down.
    Stephen M. Henning, Oct 13, 2003
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  3. Mike

    Rob Guenther Guest

    That, and a lot of new cars will leave the interior lights on until you pull
    the key out after you are done putting it in park and turning off the
    ignition... Either way you are screwed for the lights being left on, teaches
    you to not leave the keys in the ignition.... You must really trust your
    neighbourhood to do something like that (unless it's in a garage, but then
    you are just asking for the car to be stolen).
    Rob Guenther, Oct 13, 2003
  4. Mike

    Big Dick Guest

    Give the guy a break.

    He did not mention that the lights were on or left on.

    Leaving the key in the ign after getting out will not turn the dome light

    Putting the key in the ign, the dome lights will go out after about 30

    if the car is not started.

    Besides the queation was not, Will my car be stolen if I leave the key in
    the ignition.

    Big Dick, Oct 15, 2003
  5. Mike

    Mike Guest

    The dome lights were not on, and I do not buy the argument that they
    will stay on if the key is left in the ignition.

    Besides, even if they WERE on, we're talking about a one amp load for
    approximately 12 hours against a battery that should have a capacity
    of 60-70 amp-hours. Something abnormal happened and I am trying to
    find out what it was.
    Mike, Oct 15, 2003
  6. Mike

    Njord Guest

    FWIW, our relatively new 2002 V70 T5 also suffered a dead battery.
    Initially, I thought I did not close the tail gate completely when I visited
    the car the evening before. In the AM, it was dead. Got a jump start and
    went about my business only to have it go dead again after sitting over
    night. Turns out that the battery had two dead cells. Luckily it was
    replaced under warranty.



    "Lord, your sea is so big, and my boat is so small"

    Njord, Oct 19, 2003
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