Volvo Dead Key Fob Help: Part II, Getting Started

Starting Your Volvo

Volvo Key SlotIn a Volvo, and a Style 1 remote key or key fob, the ignition slot comes into play. Insert the key fob into the ignition slot next to or below the Start / Stop button. This will turn off the alarm and allow the vehicle to be started as normal by pressing the Start / Stop button while depressing the brake.

Volvo Slot #2The vehicle will recognize the key fob even if the fob’s internal battery is dead. The remote key can be removed from the ignition slot by pressing the key in lightly. It will then be ejected slightly and can be removed from the slot.



Beginning with the XC-90 redesign and the Style 2 key fob, a Volvo Back Up Style 2sensor location is provided for the key fob. It is found in the second cup holder in the center or tunnel console. An illustration of a key with lines radiating from it can be seen at the bottom of the cup holder.

Place the key fob in the cup holder. The vehicle will recognize the fob even if the fob’s internal battery is dead. The alarm will be turned off and the car can be started as normal, by turning (yes turning) the Start / Stop switch to the Start position while depressing the brake.

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Use Brake IndicatorNote: If you have made an attempt to start the vehicle without success, there may be residual pressure in the brake system and a new warning light may appear (left) or text message to Step on the Brake. Press the brake pedal very, very hard when trying to start the vehicle again to be sure that the release switch behind the pedal is engaged. Check out this page for more!

… Return to Part I: Getting In


* Keep these instructions with in our Dead Key FOB App. Search “Dead Key FOB” at your device’s store or click here.

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