Can’t unlock and start your Volvo due to a dead battery? By following the procedures below, learn how to unlock and start your Volvo with a dead battery.

This guide provides step-by-step instructions on manually opening the door and jump-starting the 2016 – 2021 Volvo XC90 with a dead battery. To jumpstart a Volvo XC90, you will need either a jump box or connect to a running vehicle with jumper cables.

The procedure to unlock and jump-start the 2nd generation Volvo XC90 with a dead battery is simple. Manually open the driver’s door, then open the hood. Connect a jump box to the positive and ground terminal next to the engine bay’s main fuse box.

What you will need


  1. Remove the metal key from the keyfob. Your Volvo smart key fob has a metal blade inside that can be used to unlock the driver’s door.

Pull the driver’s door handle out as if you are going to open the door. Keep the handle pulled. This will expose the lock cylinder. Insert the metal blade in the lock cylinder and turn it to unlock the driver’s door. manually open door volvo xc90

Pull the hood release located under the dashboard on the driver’s side.

Go to the front of the vehicle and press the yellow hood latch release under the hood. The yellow release is just above the headlight on the driver’s side. Volvo hood release xc90

Connect the red clamp to the positive battery terminal located on the driver’s side of the engine. Volvo XC90 jump start terminal positive post

Connect the black clamp to the ground terminal located near the strut tower, driver’s side. The ground terminal is next to the main fuse box. negative terminal volv xc90

Place your key fob on the bottom of the cup holder in the center console. start volvo xc90 dead key fob

Press the brake pedal and turn the START button to start the engine. start volvo xc90 dead battery

These instructions apply to Volvo XC90 model years 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.

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

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