Your car won’t start and you must go to a very important meeting! Don’t panic, you don’t want to be an exceptional mechanic to act properly. By simply following the tips in this article bit by bit you will quickly get rid of the problem and restart your Volvo XC60.
First, we will try to identify 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 XC60 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 XC60

In most cases, for a Volvo XC60 that does not start, the battery is implicated because it gives the starter the energy needed to start the engine.
Verify 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 an indication of a low battery, and so it needs to be recharged.
A little tip that may help you a lot is to keep jumper cables in your Volvo XC60, 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 leaving even if your car is on, you don’t need 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 XC60 still doesn’t start. First, it is important 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 important to clean them. It is possible to do this with a wire brush or sandpaper. Apply a small amount of thick grease before rubbing.

Starter of your Volvo XC60

Now you have put into practice our advice so far but your Volvo XC60 still doesn’t react. It is now time to concentrate 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 loosen the coals and assist in their passage.
It should also be noted that this part does not have a specific lifetime, everything will depend on its use and therefore on the maintenance of your Volvo XC60. When it no longer works well, it is often caused by a bad electrical contact, itself often caused by high summer heat. This reduces the conductivity of metals. If the weather is not hot, it is not responsible

Another technique to try to start your car is to put your Volvo XC60 on a slope and by playing the clutch pedal, the engine will sooner or later start. This will succeed 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 XC60

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 function 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 faulty alternator.


If despite all this you are incapable to identify the failure, it is still recommended to see a professional who can make a diagnosis to be more reliable. Keep in mind everything that has been mentioned in order for you to supply him with information that could help him/her to repair your Volvo XC60.

To discover more tips on the Volvo XC60, take a look at the Volvo XC60 category.