How to charge Volvo car battery

How to charge Volvo battery

This article provides instructions on how to charge a dead battery on Volvo vehicles. The battery on most Volvo vehicles is located in the trunk but that is not where you connect a car charger.

These instructions will help you charge the battery on Volvo vehicles such as S60, V60, XC60, XC70, V70, S80, C70, C30, S40, V50, XC90, S70, V40, 850, 200 700 and 900 Series

What you will need

Parts Required

  • None


Follow these instructions to charge a Volvo battery. 

Risk of battery overheating or explosion. Do not leave your car unattended. 

  1. Remove the emergency key from your Volvo keyfob.
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  2. Use the emergency key to open the driver's door. 
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  3. Pull the hood release and open the hood.
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  4. Volvo battery in the engine bayVolvo battery where to charge battery
    Locate the battery in the engine bay and remove the battery coverConnect the Red clamp (+) from your charger to the positive battery terminal.connect volvo battery chargerConnect the negative lead to a ground such as a strut tower bolt. Find a good ground location for the negative terminal of the battery charger. You can attach it to a large bolt connected to the chassis or a part of the frame that is clean and dirt-free. You don’t want to attach it to the negative terminal of the battery as this could cause an ground connection If a ground connection is not available use the battery negative post. connected volvo charger
    Battery in the trunk
    If your Volvo has the battery in the trunk, you will have a positive connection near the fuse box (by the driver's strut tower) where you connect the red (+) clamp from the battery positive battery postLift up the cover to expose the positive charging terminalsUse an unpainted bolt on the frame to connect the negative (-).  It could be a strut tower bolt or a ground connection on the frame. 
  5. Connect your smart charge to a power outlet. 
  6. Allow the battery to charge. This can take a few hours. Check the battery every 30 - 60 minutes to make sure it is not overheating. 

Usually, with a trickle charger, it will take around 20 hours to fully recharge a completely discharged battery. However, this could vary a lot depending on your battery capacity, level of discharge, the age of your battery, etc.

Trickle chargers are great for charging your Volvo battery because they help prevent overcharging and help maintain the battery at a fully charged level. But it’s important to note that it’s still possible to overcharge your battery with a trickle charger if you leave it on for too long. It’s not recommended that you leave the trickle charger hooked up for long periods of time, such as weeks at a time. 

If your Volvo battery gets partially discharged especially if the car has been parked for a long time, your car will not start or it will start and show Low Battery warning on the instrument panel. 

If you need help replacing the battery on your Volvo, follow this guide. 



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