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A small warning if you are not using your car for long periods (such as with this epidemic)

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A small warning if you are not using your car for long periods (such as with this epidemic)

Post by oragex » Wed Apr 22, 2020 4:39 am

I have seen several people having trouble starting their cars after they've stored it for an extended period. The car would simply not even crank, even after recharging the battery or trying to jump start it. I believe a Volvo tech mentioned that as the battery gets low, a software may get corrupted and the car would no longer recognize the keys, so the immobilizer stays on. I suggest diisconnecting the Negative (or the Positive) cable at the battery if you won't be using the car for more than 1 week. Remember to have the key in POSII (headlights on) when connecting back the battery. Here's how to lock the car after disconnecting the battery - remember that the V70, XC70 and XC90 don't have a key lock at the trunk lid, so you will have to climb and reach the battery from inside the car. You may also try disconnecting the Power cable from inside the engine bay with a 13mm deep socket (above the ABS unit) but be careful not to touch any metal with this cable - cover it in some cloth material

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Re: A small warning if you are not using your car for long periods (such as with this epidemic)

Post by darrylrobert » Wed Apr 22, 2020 5:34 am

Good tip, i always keep mine on a trickle charge and ask someone to atleast start it once a month or even drive it. Had tyres develop a flat spot after sitting too long.

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Re: A small warning if you are not using your car for long periods (such as with this epidemic)

Post by abscate » Wed Apr 22, 2020 6:29 am

June rolls her car over once in a while , which prevents tire flat spots.

Hope you are felling better , June

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