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2002 s80 volvo-battery has been charged car will not start

Car just died out of the blue. Battery is charged, have lights but does not make a sound when trying to start. Is there a way to reset the relay switch?

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By died out of the blue, do you mean that it stopped running? Or did it just not start?

If it didn't start try wiggling the small spade connector on the starter itself. The starter is on the front of the engine under the intake manifold. you can see the two large battery wires from the top, but just behind them is a small spade connector that you can feel with your hand. This supplies the start signal to the starter. Wiggle the wire and try to start the car (make sure you don't have anything metal on your arm or hand when you do).

If the car starts remove the connector and gently squeeze the connector to a more closed position since they sometimes get loose and loose contact.

If the car still doesn't start check this wire with a test light while someone holds the key in the start position. While in the start position you should have voltage at this wire.

If you don't have voltage you have an electrical problem.
If you do have voltage then you may have a bad starter.

If the car just stopped running while you were driving it then I would take it to a reputable shop for diagnosis.

Hope this helps.

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