During towing, the car is towed by another vehicle by means of a towline.

Find out the statutory maximum speed limit for towing before the towing begins.

Preparations and towing


Some gearbox variants make it impossible to shift out of P unless the engine is running. Contact an authorised Volvo workshop for assistance when towing, or summon professional help for recovery.


Note that the car must always be towed with the wheels rolling forward.

  • Do not tow cars with automatic transmission at speeds higher than 80 km/h (50 mph) or for distances in excess of 80 km (50 miles).


  • Check that the steering lock is unlocked before towing.
  • Ignition position II must be active - in ignition position I all airbags are deactivated.
  • Always keep the remote control key in the car when it is being towed.


The brake servo and power steering do not work when the engine is switched off - the brake pedal needs to be depressed about 5 times more heavily and the steering is considerably heavier than normal.
Activate the car's hazard warning flashers.
Secure the towline in the towing eye.
Deactivate the steering lock by unlocking the car.

Put the car in the ignition position II - turn the start knob clockwise without pressing the brake pedal or clutch pedal for cars with manual gearbox, and hold the start knob for approx. 4 seconds. Then release the knob, which automatically returns to its starting position.

Move the gear selector to neutral position and release the parking brake.

If the battery voltage is too low, the parking brake cannot be disengaged. Connect a donor battery if the battery voltage is too low.

The towing vehicle can now start towing.
Keep the towline taut when the towing vehicle reduces speed by holding your foot gently pressed on the brake pedal - thereby avoiding unnecessary jerking.
Be prepared to brake to stop.

Jump starting

Do not tow the car to jump start the engine. Use a donor battery if the starter battery is discharged and the engine does not start.


The catalytic converter may be damaged during attempts to tow-start the engine.