My 08 xc70 is showing an image of a steering and pad lock, car won't start, what can I do?

  • And you can turn the steering wheel or not? These are the ones with the electric steering lock, right? Mar 29, 2016 at 18:07
  • Is there a chance that the steering wheel was locked while there was tension on the wheel and now it can't unlock? Does slightly turning the wheel help?
    – JPhi1618
    Mar 29, 2016 at 18:11
  • If it's a keyless start how's the transponder battery?
    – Ben
    Mar 29, 2016 at 21:06
  • This might be interesting to you. It seems lots of people are having the issue. volvo-forums.com/… Apr 1, 2016 at 22:14

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That's a common issue with the steering column lock (SCL) on these cars. The SCL would need to be replaced, and this requires someone with a VIDA subscription as it requires a software download to the replacement module.

As a temporary workaround, try turning the wheel all the way either CW or CCW, hold it there, and only then attempt to start the car while holding the steering wheel. This workaround worked for some people.

When you have this fault, it's also possible that the steering wheel might lock while the car is in motion: understandably, that's dangerous. Should it happen make sure to file an NHTSA report!

  • Should it happen while in motion, OP may not have a chance to report it to the NHTSA! Sep 21, 2016 at 19:40
  • @MooseLucifer Very true... Sep 21, 2016 at 20:45

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