Can’t start your Volvo because of a dead battery? Learn how to fix the problem by jump-starting the battery of your Volvo.

To jumpstart a Volvo with a dead battery, unlock the driver’s door manually. An emergency key can be found inside your keyless remote. Connect a Jump Start Battery or Jumper Cables to the battery terminals in the engine bay. Lastly, place the key fob in the center console and press the START button to start the engine.

What You Will Need


  1. Remove the emergency key from the key fob.unlock door dead volvo battery For help with this step, watch this video.

Pop out the cover from the door handle on the driver’s door. Some models, such as the new CX90, have to pull the door handle to expose the lock cylinder and insert the emergency key. Use the metal key to unlock the driver’s door manually.  unlock driver doorunlock volvo car door dead battery

Pull the hood release under the dashboard and open the hood. Ensure your Parking Brakes are engaged. Do not insert the key in the ignition yet, or press START.  Open volvo hood

Locate the battery in the engine bay. Newer Volvos have a black cover on top of the battery that can easily be removed. While other Volvo models have a positive and ground terminal that is used to start the engine. location of battery on volvo vehiclesThe cover will have the marking BATTERY on top or have the POSITIVE (+) or battery symbol printed. volvo battery location

Remove the battery cover.remove volvo battery cover

Locate the positive starting terminal and connect the positive (red +) jump starter clamp to the positive (+) post. If using jumper cables, connect the red clamp to the positive (+) terminal.Volvo positive terminal
On some models, such as XC90, the battery is in the trunk, but you have a POSITIVE terminal near the fuse box on the driver’s jump start connection

Volvo jump start terminal

Connect the black clamp of your jump starter to the ground NEGATIVE (-) terminal. Volvo negative ground terminal jump start dead batteryvolvo jump start connectionDo not use the Negative (-) post battery terminal on the battery. 

If using another vehicle, connect to the car with a good battery and start the engine.jump start volvo cx90

Press unlock on your key to ensure the car is powered up and the alarm system is disabled.

Insert the key fob in the ignition, or if your vehicle has keyless START, place the keyfob on the center console. jump start volvo dead battery
Start the car.start volvo dead battery If your Volvo doesn’t start, only click check the jump starter connections and wiggle the clamps a little bit to make sure they are making good contact. If you jump-start your Volvo with the help of another car, leave the cables connected for 15 min to charge the dead battery and try again. volvo battery dead jump start

These instructions will help you jump-start a Volvo battery in almost any model, including

  • S60
  • V70
  • XC70
  • XC90
  • S40
  • V50
  • C30
  • C70
  • S80
  • XC60.

We hope you find the Jump Start Volvo – Dead Battery guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your Volvo.

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