Volvo XC40 Speakers Not Working – How To Fix

By Max Anthony •  Updated: 02/21/22 •  6 min read

Volvo is one of the best car manufacturers that is well known for their quality vehicles. The company also has a long history of making reliable and top-notch quality cars.

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One of the latest products from Volvo is their XC40 car line. This is a sturdy crossover SUV that features all the latest and greatest features that you would find in more expensive vehicles. The most recent make of the XC40 model is the XC40 2022.


The Volvo XC40 car comes with a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with a high horsepower (either 184 or 248 horsepower, depending on the exact model), which gives it plenty of power to move this vehicle through any kind of terrain with ease.


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You can choose between front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and each model comes equipped with five seats inside the cabin. You can opt for an automatic transmission or manual transmission, depending on your preference or driving style. The base model comes equipped with standard safety features such as anti-theft measurements and parking sensors.


However, no matter how good a car is, it won’t be able to work properly if its speakers are not working. This is especially true for the XC40 as it comes equipped with 13 speakers in the cabin, using the Harman Kardon audio system.


So, it is a bit of a shame if the speakers in your Volvo XC40 break down, because the sound quality can get pretty good when listening to your favorite music or audio book.


However, it is also important to know that if the speakers are not working properly, you should quickly conduct a proper troubleshooting for your car. In fact, this could be a common problem that you may experience with your XC40 if you’ve driven it for a long time.

Troubleshooting the Speakers of Your Volvo XC40

Here are some pointers you’d need if the speakers on your Volvo XC40 stop working:


1) A faulty amplifier

The first thing you should do is check if the amplifier on your Volvo XC40 is working properly. This component of the car plays a big role in providing high-quality sound to the speakers. If it’s not working, then you can start troubleshooting it by yourself.


Check that the amplifier is powered. Sometimes there are indicator lights on the board that indicate that there is power. When it comes to amplifiers, you might need to use a voltmeter to check that there is power to the amplifier. If you do not have any power, check your fuse.


If you have aftermarket amplifiers, check the indicator light and make sure that it isn’t showing that the amplifier is in limp mode. If it is limp, it may be indicative of a bigger problem with your amplifier or with the wiring in general. Make sure to read your amplifier’s manual to find out what the indicator light means.


If the amplifier is running and not in limp mode, check the output to the speakers. Once again, it is possible that you will need to use a voltmeter for that purpose.


2) Faulty wiring

The next thing you should check is the wiring. You can do this by unplugging all the connectors that are connected to the amplifier and taking a look at them.


If you find that there is a loose wire, you should replace it. If you find loose wires, then you should also check for corrosion and other damage. Sometimes, the loose wires can be caused by a crack in the wiring, so make sure to inspect it thoroughly.


When you have completed the inspection, check if the wires are properly connected and attached to the right place. Make sure that there are no loose wires or any corrosion inside the speaker.


3) Defective speakers

Another thing that you can check is the speakers themselves. Make sure to have them removed from your car and inspect them carefully. Check for any signs of damage or signs of bad sound quality as well as signs of missing wires or broken wires inside the speaker itself.


When you start taking apart your speakers, take a look at the insides of them as well. Check for any damage and make sure that they are properly aligned with each other and that they are not broken or damaged in any way.


Sometimes, even though your speakers may work fine in your car, it is possible that they might be defective after all and will stop working when exposed to too much heat or too much cold temperature extremes during winter time (such as those found during an icy winter day).


4) A faulty head unit

A faulty head unit is also something that you should check. Make sure to remove the head unit from your car and check if there are any issues with it.


You can do this by opening the fuse box on your car and checking if there is a burnt fuse in there. This means that the fuse has blown out or has been damaged, which will cause the head unit to stop working properly.

In Conclusion

When it comes to troubleshooting the speakers of your Volvo XC40, there are many different things that you can check. You should always remember that this could be a symptom of a bigger problem that you may have with your car.


So, make sure to conduct the necessary inspections before making any assumptions. You can refer to a trusted mechanic for a more thorough sweep.


If you’ve conducted all the inspections and found out that all of the components seem to be operating as they should be, then it is possible that they just need to be cleaned or need some maintenance to get them back in shape.


If this is the case, you should make sure to clean them properly using an automotive cleaning product that can remove dust from your car’s interior. This will prevent dust from getting into your speaker components and causing more damage or breaking them down in any way.

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Max Anthony

Max is a gizmo-savvy guy, who has a tendency to get pulled into the nitty gritty details of technology and cars. He attended UT Austin, where he studied Information Science. He’s married and has three kids, one dog and a GMC truck and a Porsche 911. With a large family, he still finds time to share tips and tricks on cars, trucks and more.

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