Your car won’t start and you must enroll a very important meeting! Don’t panic, you don’t want to be an exceptional mechanic to act successfully. By following the tips in this article step by step you will quickly solve the problem and restart your Volvo S60.
First, we will try to find the reasons that might prevent your car from starting.
It is also possible that your car crancks but won’t start.


Reasons that prevent your Volvo S60 from starting

The battery may not have supported leaving your headlights on all night, or the vehicle key may have been forgotten on the ignition.
To check that it comes from the battery, and not from other causes, first check the lighting of your headlights. Indeed, a low intensity or no lighting is definitely a bad sign for your battery.

Let’s see the different causes of failure

Battery pack of your Volvo S60

In most cases, for a Volvo S60 that does not start, the battery is implicated because it provides the starter the energy needed to start the engine.
Check if there are any lights on your dashboard. Refer to the light on to indicate the failure.
If when turning the key you can feel jolts, this is a sign of a low battery, and therefore it needs to be recharged.
A little tip that may help you a lot is to keep jumper cables in your Volvo S60, you will save yourself a towing.
If someone you know has the cables themselves, they can recharge your battery enough for you to restart the engine and the battery to recharge itself. Wait for a moment before starting even if your car is on, you don’t wish to stall at the first traffic light and have to repeat the operation.

Weather conditions

Let’s move on. Let’s imagine that your battery is recharged, but sadly your Volvo S60 still doesn’t start. First, it is crucial to know that humidity and temperature changes generate oxidation that can deposit on the battery terminals, clogging it and preventing it from working.
When in good working order, the terminals are a metallic grey. If they have changed colour, it is necessary to clean them. It is possible to do this with a wire brush or sandpaper. Make use of a small amount of thick grease before rubbing.

Starter of your Volvo S60

Now you have put into practice our advice so far but your Volvo S60 still doesn’t react. It is now time to focus your attention on the starter, the small electric motor that starts the car’s engine.
You should know that to keep it in perfect working order, a few simple and quick steps are required. You can give a few small jolts on the sharp part of the starter, which will release the coals and help in their passage.
It should also be noted that this part does not have a specific lifetime, everything will rely upon its use and consequently on the maintenance of your Volvo S60. When it no longer works well, it is often caused by a bad electrical contact, itself often caused by high summer heat. This lowers the conductivity of metals. If the weather is not hot, it is not responsible

Another technique to try to launch your car is to put your Volvo S60 on a slope and by using the clutch pedal, the engine will finally start. This will function if your battery is dead and it has not been used to start the starter. In this solution, this trick avoids solliciting it.

Alternator of your Volvo S60

If, however, after driving, your battery has not recharged, (so you still cannot restart your engine with the contact even after driving) two options, either your battery is dead, or it’s the alternator. Its role is to recharge it while driving. This means that your battery may be in good condition, but it has simply not been recharged by the defective alternator.


If despite all this you are unable determine the failure, it is still recommended to see a professional who can make a diagnosis to be more reliable. Bear in mind everything that has been mentioned in order to provide him with information that could help him/her to repair your Volvo S60.

If you have any further questions about the Volvo S60, do not hesitate to consult our Volvo S60 category.