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Why is my Volvo Key not working?

Why is my Volvo Key not working?

The Volvo XC60 has a remote keyless entry system that enables owners to easily lock and unlock the car by pressing a button on the key fob. In this article, we'll go over the many causes of your XC60's remote control malfunctioning.

  • Key fob's coin battery is dead

The most common reason why an XC60 key fob fails to lock or unlock a door is a dead coin battery. A battery usually shows signs of deterioration before it fails. If the remote was working previously, but the range of the remote was gradually decreasing until it ceased to function, this indicates that the battery was wearing out.

  • Poorly connected batteries

Metal retaining clips on the XC60 key fob battery maintain the battery in place and complete the circuit. If the clips are not tight, contact problems may arise and the remote may not receive any power. While you shake the remote, check to see that the battery is securely in place and does not move. Ensure that none of the battery contacts have corrosion or dust.

  • There is signal interference

In addition to nearby radio masts and towers, improperly installed satellite systems can also interfere with communications. Radio systems and electrical flaws that result in unwanted emissions, radiation, and effects on power and communication networks account for a significant portion of the radio interference. As soon as you leave the interference region, your XC60 key fob should begin functioning once more.

  • Reprogramming is necessary

Rarely, XC60's remote key may stop functioning as a result of pairing problems. With the use of an OBDII scanner, the key can be reprogrammed. By following a few simple steps, you might also be able to program a key; however, effective pairing usually requires the use of the original key. The owner's manual needs to include instructions. If you are unable to reprogram the key yourself, you might need to go to an authorized dealer.

  • 12-volt battery is dead

The 12-volt battery must be in good condition in order for the XC60's remote keyless system and central locking system to operate as intended. All on-board electronics will stop working if the 12 volt battery is dead or if the electric current is disrupted because of corrosion on the battery terminals or the ground connection.

In these cases where you cannot unlock your Volvo, you can always use the physical key. Here at Oceanside Motorsports, we have the right equipment to diagnose your Volvo so we can eliminate the issues and make your Volvo at its peak performance!


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