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Volvo XC60 12V Automotive Battery Replacement Guide
How to change a dead 12 volt car battery in the engine bay of a 1st generation 2010 to 2017 Volvo XC60 T5 2.0L SUV.

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2017 XC60 Battery Box
Push Tab - Release Clip
Left Front Release Tab
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017) Volvo XC60 T5 SUV in changing a dead 12 volt car battery in the engine bay.

Owners of other Volvo vehicles such as the XC90, XC70, S90, S80, S60, S40, C30, C70, V90, V70, V60 and V40 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The OEM battery in this 2017 XC60 T5 was the Volvo AGM 31255132 V022A.

A few other compatible "Group Size" H7 12V batteries with their part numbers are as follows: ACDelco 94RAGM, Bosch S6587B S6 and ACDelco 48AGM.

The tools needed to replace the battery include a Phillips head screwdriver, a 10mm socket, an extension bar and a ratchet.

Left Side Retaining Clip
Right Side Retaining Clip
Pull Off Battery Cover
The first two steps are to open the hood and move to the right (driver) side of the engine bay.

The black plastic 12V automotive battery box is located next to the electrical fuse box and behind the engine air filter housing.

Gently push in the tabs near the top of the battery box to release the retaining clips. There is one clip on the left side, two on the front edge and the fourth is on the right side.

Pull off the battery box cover and set it aside in a safe place.

Pull Off Weatherstripping
Plastic Access Cover
Open - 1/4 Turn CC
Gently pull the rubber weather stripping off the driver side of the cowl.

Locate the latch on the left side of the black plastic access cover on the cowl.

Use the Phillips head screwdriver to rotate the black plastic screw 1/4 turn counterclockwise and release the latch.

Swing Open Cowl Cover
Access Cover Removed
Old Battery Exposed
Swing open the battery access panel and set it aside in a safe place.
Loosen Counterclockwise
Pull Off Negative Terminal
Disconnect Plug
First, loosen the negative "-" terminal by turning the nut counterclockwise with a 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

Pull the negative terminal off the battery post.

Disconnect the black plastic electrical connector from the terminal.

Slide Wire Off Mount
Cover & Tuck Away
Pull Out Vent Tube
Slide the wire harness off the mounting tab on the battery cable.

Wrap the negative terminal with a small towel and tuck it away on the side of the battery to help prevent accidental electrical contact.

Gently pull out the white plastic exhaust gas vent tube from the rear edge of the battery.

Loosen Counterclockwise
Pull Off Positive Terminal
Move To Side of Battery
Then loosen the 10mm nut on the positive terminal (red cable) by turning it counterclockwise.

Pull the positive terminal off the "-" battery post and tuck it away on the side of the battery.

Battery Hold Down Clamp
10mm & Extension Bar
Loosen Counterclockwise
Locate the battery clamp or "hold down bar" on the left (passenger) side of the battery.

Attach a 10mm socket and a 9" (or a 6" and 3") extension bar to the ratchet.

Loosen the single bolt on the battery hold down bar by turning it counterclockwise.

Hold Down Bar Loosened
Lift Out Old Battery
Old Battery Removed
You don't have to fully remove the bolt that secures the hold down bar in place.

Loosen it a few turns until you can easily lift out the old battery.

Carefully lift the old battery out of the engine bay.

Gently set the old battery on the ground. Try to avoid dropping or tipping over the old battery to prevent from having acid leak out.

If you can wait a few days for delivery, I recommend buying the ACDelco 94RAGM since it has excellent reviews on Amazon.


31255132 V022A
Clean Off Battery Tray
Metal Hold Down Bar
The OEM battery in this 2017 Volvo XC60 T5 was part number 31255132 V022A.

Clean off any debris from the black plastic battery tray so that the new battery will rest evenly on it.

Painters Tape
Secure Hold Down Clamp
Lower In New 12V Battery
To keep the battery hold down clamp in the correct position, I applied some blue painter's tape to the top edge.

Carefully lower the new battery in to the engine bay with the positive "+" post at the front edge and the negative "-" post at the rear edge (closer to the windshield).

Tighten Hold Down Bar
Tighten 10mm Clockwise
Push In Exhaust Tube
Slide the battery over to the left (passenger) side until the bottom edge is under the hold down clamp.

Tighten the single bolt on the hold down clamp by turning it clockwise with 10mm socket, extension bar and ratchet until it is snug.

Make sure the new battery can't be moved, rocked or slid around. If the new battery can be moved, tighten the hold down clamp bolt an extra turn or two.

Push the exhaust gas vent tube in to the hole on the rear edge of the new battery.

(If your new battery doesn't have an exhaust vent tube port, you can omit this step. The exhaust gas vent tube is only important for vehicles where the battery is installed in an enclosed space such as the trunk or interior passenger cabin.)

Push On Positive Terminal
Tighten 10mm Clockwise
Push In Electrical Connector
If you've been having a problem with corrosion (white or blue powder) building up on the terminals, consider installing some felt anti-corrosion washers.

Push the positive terminal on to the "+" battery post.

Tighten the 10mm nut on the positive terminal in the clockwise direction until it is snug.

Try to avoid over tightening the terminal nut to prevent from cracking the battery post which could lead to an acid leak.

Push the black plastic electrical connector back in to its socket on the negative terminal.

Re-Attach Wire To Mount
Push On Negative Terminal
Tighten 10mm Clockwise
Re-attach the wire bracket to the mount on the negative battery cable.

Push the negative terminal back on to the "-" battery post.

Tighten the 10mm terminal nut in the clockwise direction until it is snug.

Re-Attach Access Cover
Push Cover Closed
1/4 Turn Clockwise
Re-attach the access cover to the cowl.

Secure the latch in place by rotating the black plastic screw 1/4 turn clockwise.

Re-Attach Rubber Strip
Push On Battery Cover
12V Battery Replaced
Push the black rubber weather stripping back in to place at the bottom of the cowl.

Lower the battery box cover down in to place.

Push on the cover to secure the four retaining clips.

Test the new 12V battery by starting the engine and turning on the headlights.

Please remember to adjust the time on the clock and program your favorite radio station presets before you start driving.

Record the 12V battery change in your SUV's service records.

For more, check out all of my 2010-2017 Volvo XC60 DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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