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Hi all. I hope someone can help me here. I have a Volvo V40 D3 XC Lux 64 plate bought last year.

It's been fine until the screen went dead and all linked systems, bar manual climate control, stopped working. Audio, parking sensors, reverse camera, BLIS, lane correction aid, etc, etc. It's been a real pain and significantly reduced the enjoyment of the driving the car, which I really like in all other ways.

Dealership diagnosed that an audio module needed replacing at a cost of over £1k, but they didn't seem sure and when pressed said it may not fix it and then I'd need a while new ICM (?) at about the same or more again in cost. They didn't seem to address why the other systems have gone as well, although my very basic understanding of this is that there is a linked system in place, i.e. the MOST circuit, and so one failure affects all the rest (sounds a great design). No other garage I've contacted will touch it and refer me back to the Dealership. Sigh..

Has anyone had experience of this, and could give me some pointers to either try first at home or with a specialist garage or auto technician? I would be so grateful for any help you can provide.

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Ian
 

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Hello,

I found your post whilst researching a similar issue with my V60. Last night I noticed that the parking sensors had stopped working and this evening I noticed that the infotainment system had also stopped working.

At the weekend, after a fairly spirited thirty-minute drive, I saw a message in the dash saying that the battery was low but had not had time to investigate.

I haven’t been able to solve the issue yet, but I’d suspected that replacing the battery would resolve this issue: the battery itself hasn’t been replaced in the 4 years/50,000 miles that I have had the car, and since going into Lockdown, it has only been making very short journeys (i.e. five minutes).

I will let you know if I find out what the problem is.
 

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Hi there.

Thanks so much for responding, and sorry to hear you're having a similar issue. It would be great news if it was the battery. I doubt mine has been changed since new. My auto start stop function has also stopped working recently, after these other problems though, but I didn't want to confuse the post with too many things. I probably should have mentioned it though!

However it went in for a service last week at my local garage, and I asked them to check the main battery level explaining the situation and also suspicious of the battery. I had a low battery warning flash up briefly, but it never came back after. Anyway they told me it was fine and fully charged. I'm beginning to wonder if they really looked at it now! The one thing to note, which you probably already know, is that there are two batteries in the car: the main starter battery you can access and a support battery behind the front nearside bumper you can't (easily). Could be either one, or both??

Very best of luck, and yes please let me know how you get on.

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Start/Stop has always been intermittent for me but, seeing as Volvo/independent garages have never raised it as an issue, I’d assumed it was down to my driving style (or it was disabling itself to preserve battery?). Looking around the Internet, this seems to be a common issue with Drive-E.

The fact that there are two batteries (I only learned this yesterday!) may explain why I’m able to start the car and drive normally but non-critical electronics have failed.

I have a new battery arriving tomorrow so I will see whether that fixes the problem before I take it to my local garage.
 

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Brief update: I have taken the car for a number of 'spirited' drives recently, and the start stop function has reappeared..presumably due to the charge received by driving. Therefore this may not be the actual fault, just through lack of use / low mileage for too long. I had bought a CTEK (3.8) charger in anticipation of needing to trickle charge / revitalise the battery, but this may not be needed now. Foolishly I didn't buy the one with the ability to read battery status and condition (5.0 and up), so would advise others to consider this version if looking for a smart charger. Would have been handy for me!

Any luck with the new battery samv60?
 

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Brief update: I have taken the car for a number of 'spirited' drives recently, and the start stop function has reappeared..presumably due to the charge received by driving. Therefore this may not be the actual fault, just through lack of use / low mileage for too long. I had bought a CTEK (3.8) charger in anticipation of needing to trickle charge / revitalise the battery, but this may not be needed now. Foolishly I didn't buy the one with the ability to read battery status and condition (5.0 and up), so would advise others to consider this version if looking for a smart charger. Would have been handy for me!

Any luck with the new battery samv60?
That’s great news!

I managed to revive the infotainment/parking sensor by removing, and then putting back, the 40A fuse for the infotainment system (labeled as “Circuit breaker - infotainment system 40” on this page: 2013 Volvo S60 - Fuses – it may be different for the V40). I presume this only reset the system, rather than fixing the issue for good, but relieved to see that the unit is not completely dead.

Unfortunately there was a delay in my battery turning up so I am yet to install it (I will do it tonight) but I did take a meter reading from the current battery and it was producing 12.2V, which suggests it is definitely at the end of its life (should be ~12.6). This was really easy to do with a basic multimeter.
 

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That's fantastic news! I will try that too but, daft question, did you have the engine running when you took out and replaced the 40A fuse or was everything off? Thanks.
 

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That's fantastic news! I will try that too but, daft question, did you have the engine running when you took out and replaced the 40A fuse or was everything off? Thanks.
I had the engine turned off. I would imagine that disconnecting the battery would produce the same result.

I tested said fuse for continuity whilst I was at it and it seemed fine.
 
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