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This guide provides instructions on how to unlock the Volvo door and get inside the car if a Volvo battery is dead or the key fob is not working.

Here's the step-by-step process of how to unlock a Volvo when the battery is dead.

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  1. Remove the emergency key from the keyfob. 


  2. Insert the metal key at the bottom of the door handle on the driver's door and remove the plastic cover. This will expose the key tumbler. 
  3. Insert the key in the keyhole and turn it. 
  4. Unlock the driver's door and get inside the car.
  5.  If the vehicle has a dead battery, jump-start the car. Jump starting terminals are in the engine bay. Pull-on the lever on the left-hand side of the steering wheel to open the hood and locate the Positive (+) terminal near the driver's strut tower. To start the engine, you may need to press the START button with the key fob. 

All Volvo key fobs have the emergency key inside used to unlock the driver's door manually. For example, if the car battery dies or the remote stops working.

The first thing you need to do is remove the emergency key from the key fob. There will be a spring-loaded catch on the side that you slide to open the key fob and remove the emergency key.

If you find that your key fob isn't working, but you know that your car battery isn't dead, this means that your key fob battery has died. Replace the key fob battery. 

These instructions work on Volvo:

  • XC70
  • V70
  • S60
  • S40
  • V40
  • V50
  • XC60
  • XC90
  • S60
  • S70
  • S80
  • C30, and all other models.

The keyless entry feature on a Volvo is great for getting in and starting your car easily and hassle-free. But when your car battery dies, it makes getting into your car a whole lot harder. Unlike regular keys, your key fob won't work if the battery isn't charged.