How to Unlock a Volvo Vehicle Without a Remote Key Fob

Most of the time, your Volvo key fob works like a charm. You can unlock and lock up your car, sound the horn, open the trunk, and enable push-to-start all from your fingertips. It's perfectly fine if you're not familiar with every detail of your Volvo key fob functions - unless it stops working. Standing next to your Volvo vehicle while clicking away and wishing for a more traditional Volvo car key or being stranded without a working Volvo S60 key can be a frustrating experience.

Fortunately, we're here for you with a helpful guide on everything related to the Volvo key fob. We've noted all of the vital information in this article, including how much a key fob costs, how to replace a Volvo key fob battery, the Volvo key replacement process, and new Volvo key programming. Should more questions arise after you sift through our Volvo key fob tricks and tips, feel free to reach out to our Volvo service center in Coconut Creek, Florida. Our family has seen it all during the past six decades; we'll know what to do.

What To Do if Your Key Fob Dies

For Volvo drivers on the go, the Volvo key fob is the holy grail. Simply carry the key fob within the vicinity of the vehicle for it to open. This is especially helpful if you don't want to keep track of a more traditional Volvo car key, if your arms are occupied with shopping bags, or if you are sending the kids to pack up their pads after practice. But what happens when your Volvo XC40 key fob or Volvo XC90 key fob is not working?

Whether it's a faulty fob in combination with an error related to your Volvo keyless entry or merely a lost fob, we can help. Here are some things you can do in light of key fob issues:

  • Swap out the battery: You might be surprised to know that we offer advice on how to replace a Volvo key fob battery, but we do! Simply pop the battery cover and open the Volvo key fob with a small tool, like a screwdriver. Key fob batteries look like silver buttons and always have a set of numbers on them. Take note of the numbers and shop for a battery replacement. Once you make the swap, you should notice the key fob's revived functionality! If not? Refer to the steps below.

  • Remotely unlock the vehicle: Volvo vehicles are likely to have remote door unlock services that can help owners get inside the car when the fob is malfunctioning. If you're driving a pre-owned Volvo vehicle, then you might not have such an advanced remote unlocking system. However, you can still count on a roadside assistance service to get you inside. Each manufacturer has their own service for such emergencies. For Volvo, the service is known as Volvo On Call. Volvo On Call provides remote unlocking services for lost and damaged Volvo XC60 key fobs and can show you how to unlock a Volvo XC90 without a key.

  • Manually unlock the door: If your Volvo key fob is outside of the vehicle at the time of its failure, you can try to unlock it manually. Hold the dead fob against the driver's side of the car. Press it against the handle while pulling. There might be just enough power left in the battery to unlock it one last time, which might buy you some time.

How To Start a Volvo Without a Key

Whether it's a newer year Volvo XC60 key fob or an older version causing issues, you'll be happy to know that we have a few Volvo key fob tricks up our sleeves.

If you resorted to manually unlocking the door with a dead key fob, getting the car started will be your next challenge. Since automotive engineers think of everything, most ignitions can function quite well without the presence of a working remote. In fact, some Volvo vehicles come with standard manual starts, as well as a backup built into the fob that will work without, say, a literal Volvo XC60 key.

However, even with keyless entry, there's still the process of locating the key slot. Vehicles with key fobs generally only have the visible push-to-start button next to the wheel. If your vehicle has the alternative feature, you're likely to find the slot somewhere on the steering column. Let's say your keyless entry works with a START button, such as the Volvo XC90 remote start, and there's no hidden slot in sight⁠ - no problem. You can actually use the Volvo key fob to push the START button, which will jump-start a backup system that turns your Volvo XC90 on.

How Much Does Remote Start Cost?

To replace a Volvo key, the price range varies. Studies show it can range anywhere from $250 to $400 for high-end vehicles, but it mostly depends on the year and model of the car in question.

If you have proof of ownership of the Volvo vehicle, one of the best ways to resolve your key fob loss would be to find a locksmith that can program keys to your car. The locksmith will personally come out, cut, and program new keys to the vehicle. As a mobile entity, locksmiths generally have quicker turnaround times than the typical repair centers. Otherwise, you can always reach out to our service center for a Volvo key fob replacement, as we have service and parts specials.

Begin by reaching out to local locksmiths and see who can quickly come out and create some new keys for your Volvo car. There have even been instances where customers have requested that keys be cut at a dealer beforehand, then programmed by a locksmith. If you're looking to enhance your savings, discuss these options with our dealer's service center. Perhaps you could purchase keys from a locksmith first, then have one of our Volvo dealers cut the key. If the locksmith can program it for you, you'll be back on the road in no time.

Proof That Key Fobs May Have Secret Features

With new Volvo vehicles hitting the market every year, it's no surprise that they come with high-tech electronic key fobs. Today's key fobs have surpassed the traditional method of locking and unlocking doors. These handy devices, such as the Volvo XC40 key fob, can do things like give a car's location and start the engine remotely. However, were you aware that your key fob can also do some nontraditional things as well? Car owners have become so aware of these features that there are even viral Reddit threads and tweets circulating around key fob functionality.

Which Volvo models allow you to roll down your windows remotely?

According to the article noted above, along with many features listed on the Volvo website, you can remotely roll down your windows via the key fob with the Volvo C30, S40, Volvo S60, and the V50.

Other hidden key fob features include:

  • Remote engine start

  • Automatic mirror folding when the car shuts off

  • Summoning features

Above All, Practice Safety

Whether you're planning to go the manual route or schedule a service appointment, please be smart about where you leave your key fob. Given all of its interesting features, it does make your vehicle more accessible. To avoid unintentional activation, you should be mindful of where you keep your key fob after use. Some people have metal compartments, and others have designated spaces within their homes.

Some vehicles even come with remote-start systems that completely shut down after being in Park mode, which can be helpful if the car accidentally turns on. The benefits of remote start systems are vast. So long as we proceed with caution, we can enjoy the many conveniences of the Volvo key fob. Should any pressing Volvo key fob questions arise, you know where to find us.


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