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I had my first problem with my '02 S60 AWD 2.4T today, I have owned the car for nearly three years and bought it with only 28,000 miles. It has been a great car for my daily commute of +100 miles but this morning it acted up on the highway and I had to have it towed to an Independent Volvo shop.<p>I had just gotten onto the highway and was cruising along when I noticed a message and a light pop up, the message read "POWERSYSTEM SERVICE REQUIRED" and the battery light came on. A few seconds later a message came up that read " VOLTAGE OVERCHARGE STOP SAFELY", the brake lights came on in the dash at this point, don't remember if there was a message about the brakes. So I pulled off into a gas station parking lot and shut the car off, right before or right after I shut it off it read "CHECK STOP LIGHT".<p>So then this happened -<p><IMG SRC="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b359/NJGreenBudd/0331091222.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>I'm guessing it might be the regulator on the alternator but I was really curious as to what you guys thought. Has anyone had a similar experience with their car, if so what was the problem? I would greatly appreciate any input on this matter. Thanks in advance.<p>-NJGB
 

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Re: Oh Snap! Volvo Crapped Out On The Way To Work, 2002 S60 AWD 2.4T - POWERS ... (NJGreenBudd)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>NJGreenBudd</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I had my first problem with my '02 S60 AWD 2.4T today, I have owned the car for nearly three years and bought it with only 28,000 miles. It has been a great car for my daily commute of +100 miles but this morning it acted up on the highway and I had to have it towed to an Independent Volvo shop.<p>I had just gotten onto the highway and was cruising along when I noticed a message and a light pop up, the message read "POWERSYSTEM SERVICE REQUIRED" and the battery light came on. A few seconds later a message came up that read " VOLTAGE OVERCHARGE STOP SAFELY", the brake lights came on in the dash at this point, don't remember if there was a message about the brakes. So I pulled off into a gas station parking lot and shut the car off, right before or right after I shut it off it read "CHECK STOP LIGHT".<p>So then this happened -<p><IMG SRC="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b359/NJGreenBudd/0331091222.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>I'm guessing it might be the regulator on the alternator but I was really curious as to what you guys thought. Has anyone had a similar experience with their car, if so what was the problem? I would greatly appreciate any input on this matter. Thanks in advance.<p>-NJGB</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Have not had this problem,but will be interested in hearing what you find out.
 

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Well I haven't heard anything yet from the shop they were expecting to take a look this morning but I am really leaning towards alternator regulator. Seems like a common problem with these cars.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>NJGreenBudd</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Well I haven't heard anything yet from the shop they were expecting to take a look this morning but I am really leaning towards alternator regulator. Seems like a common problem with these cars.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I tend to think you are correct but I couldn't tell you for sure!
 

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I did hear back from the shop a few hours ago, it seems like it the alternator or regulator for sure, they said the alternator is working but is overcharging the battery. Luckily I have an extended warranty and the starting/charging system is covered completely.<p>I'll post more info when I find out.
 

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So it was definitely the alernator that failed. The parts were covered under my extended warranty and I can pick up the car today. All in all this little mishap cost nearly nothing, the tow was free, the rental car was covered by my work, the repairs are under warranty minus sales tax.<p>So beware alternator regulator failure on your P2 car...it's not uncommon apparently.
 
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