The First Generation Volvo XC90, 2002-present, is the manufacturer’s best-selling vehicle in the United Sates. This auto, available in two trim types, the T6 and the 2.5 T, was the Swedish company’s first SUV model. Although this luxury crossover was well received by both owners and critics, the XC90 has occasional starting issues.
Typically, drivers notice these problems when they try to restart their automobiles after recently driving them. More specifically, this glitch does not seem to occur if the SUV has been sitting for a long period of time, such as overnight. Instead, the malfunction presents itself after the vehicle has been used for a quick run to the store or another short drive.
A variety of parts or systems could be at fault, including the battery, starter, and ignition switch. Oftentimes, drivers suspect the battery, so they test it, only to find that it seems perfectly fine. This is, however, a logical starting point and is certainly something owners could try at home, if they feel comfortable. Additionally, drivers with some auto mechanic knowledge might be able to check the starter connection to ensure that it is tight, if they feel that they can safely proceed with this diagnostic check. Unfortunately, this problem does not seem to be associated with any codes, which makes it more difficult to troubleshoot, even with the proper equipment.
If service costs are a concern, as they are for most of us, contact an independent Volvo repair garage. These professionals specialize in your make and model, yet they will able to offer more affordable diagnoses and repairs. Your XC90 is a luxury import, and the SUV should be enjoyed as such.
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