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Starting failure. battery is fine but car won't start. no noise or attempt to turn over when key moved to position 3. otherwise seems fine and was starting and running well until a week ago. issue began intermittently and now fails every time. no error messages from computer. electrics seem fine otherwise.

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I would start with the starter solenoid....check and see if you are getting power to it and then power when you turn the key to start

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My FIRST thought is that it's your ignition switch. Does it make a difference if you hold the key in the START position and wiggle the key around a bit?

Volvos are also sensitive to low voltages, so are you SURE your battery is good? If so, make sure the battery cables are safe and snug on the battery posts - loosen and wiggle, then tighten them.

Under the hood, you'll have a few ground points too, on the fenders sort of in front of the strut towers. Check that they're not gummy and dirty. Again, you might benefit from loosen and wiggle/clean/tighten all of those connections too. There should be a little jump-start point near the driver side (US) shock tower where several connections terminate. Ensure those are all snug and clean.

After all that, I'd start on the more difficult stuff - chase wiring down to the starter and make sure it's clean and snug. Still, my money is on the ignition lock.

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May be a key issue make sure your key has the metal key insert and check key battery first up

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