Raising the car

It is important to use the correct lifting points on the car's chassis when using a jack* to raise the car. Different lifting points are available depending on which type of lifting equipment is used. Read through all of the instructions before raising the car.

The car can be raised using a jack designed for short-term raising, or using a garage jack if the car needs to be raised regularly, or by authorised workshop personnel that have access to larger lifting devices.


Volvo recommends only using the jack that belongs to the car model in question. If another jack has to be used, follow the enclosed instructions.

The normal car jack* is only designed for occasional, short-term raising, such as when changing a wheel after a puncture. If the car is to be jacked up more often, or for a longer time than is required just to change a wheel, a garage jack is recommended. In this instance, follow the enclosed instructions.


  • The car must not be allowed to roll while it is being raised. Apply the parking brake and set the gear selector in Park position (P).
  • Chock in front of and behind the wheels that remain on the ground using solid wooden blocks or large stones.
  • When changing a wheel, use a jack intended for the car model. Use additional stands to support the car for all other work.
  • Do not use a jack in poor condition. Check that the threads are lubricated, and that it is free of damage and dirt.
  • Check that the jack is stable. The surface underneath must be firm, flat and not slippery.
  • Never position anything between the ground and the jack, or between the jack and the car's lifting point.
  • Never allow passengers to remain in the car while the car is being supported by the jack. Make sure that they are standing in a safe location if a wheel needs to be changed in a trafficked location.
  • No part of your body may be extended under the car while it is raised on the jack.

Lifting points

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The car has outer lifting points for low level lifting, and inner lifting points for high level lifting, such as garage jack or lifting arms.


If the car is raised with a garage jack then it must be positioned under the inner lifting points. Follow the instructions enclosed with the garage jack. Make sure that the jack is correctly positioned so that the car cannot slide off during lifting. Make sure the head of the jack is fitted with rubber guards so that the car remains stable and is not damaged. Use axle stands or similar when the car is in the raised position.

Raising the car with a jack

Read through all instructions before beginning. Take out the tools needed before jacking up the car.

Activate the hazard warning flashers if the car has to be raised in a trafficked location.

Set up the warning triangle.

Activate the parking brake. Select gear position P.


Applies to cars with level control*: If the car is equipped with air suspension, this must be disabled before the car is raised.
Position chocks in front of and behind the wheels that remain on the ground. Use, for example, heavy wooden blocks or large stones.

Position the jack under one of the car's lifting points with the crank handle pointing straight out from the side of the car.

The positions of the outer lifting points are marked with triangular arrows along the lower edge of the side of the car. There are special notches for the head of the jack behind the markings.

Ensure that the jack is stable on flat firm ground and that the surface underneath is not slippery.

Crank up the jack so that it makes contact with the car's lifting point. Check that the head of the jack (or lifting arms at a workshop) is correctly positioned in the jacking point so that the bump in the centre of the head fits into the jacking point hole.

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Check that the jack is completely vertical and at right angles to the side of the car.
The car is now ready to be raised.

Raise the car just high enough to carry out the work intended.

Lower the car using the jack immediately after the work has been completed.

When the jack* is not in use, it is recommended to store it in the car, protected from moisture and dirt.

  1. * Option/accessory.