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760 GLE, Turbo

Instruments, Switches and controls

pg. 4 Instruments, Switches and controls

pg. 5 Instruments, Switches and controls

1 Air louver 20
2 Headlights, parking lights 15
3 Turn signals, Cruise Control 12, 14
4 Hazard warning flashers 12
5 Instruments 6
6 Wiper/washer 13
7 Air louver 20
8 Heating and ventilation 20
9 Audio Cassette/Tuner 24
10 Cigarette lighter 18
11 Ash tray 18
12 Electrically-heated passenger seat 17
13 Parking brake 18
14 Hood-release handle 35
15 Control for electrically-operated side mirrors 26
16 Electrically-operated windows 19
17 Rear fog lamps 16
18 Fog light 16
19 Radio antenna 24
20 Space for additional equipment
21 Air louver 20
22 Starting (ignition) switch/steering wheel lock 11
23 Electrically-operated sunroof 27
24 Side-view mirror and rear window demister 17
25 Horn
26 Electrically-heated driver's seat 17

The pages in this section provide detailed descriptions of the vehicle's instruments and controls.

Note that vehicles may be equipped differently, depending on special legal requirements, etc.

pg. 6 Instruments

Note: Canadian model speedometers/odometers indicate kilometers only.

1 Voltmeter (Turbo models)
2 Fuel gauge
3 Clock reset knob
4 Quartz crystal clock
5 Speedometer
6 Trip odometer
7 Trip odometer reset knob
8 Odometer
9 Tachometer
10 Instrument panel lamps rheostat
11 Temperature gauge
12 Boost gauge (Turbo models)

pg. 7 Instruments

Quartz crystal clock
To reset the hands, push in the reset knob and turn.

Reads thousands of engine rpm. Red striped range for momentary use only, during acceleration. Engine should not be operated in red range.

Maximum continuous rpm is 6000.
The turbo engine is equipped with an rpm-limiter system; at engine speeds above approx. 6200 rpm, excessive misfiring will occur.

Trip odometer
Used for measuring shorter distances. (last figure represents 1/10 mile or km)

Trip odometer reset knob
Push in to reset.

Temperature gauge
The pointer should be approximately midway on the gauge face when driving.
If the pointer enters the red range repeatedly, check coolant level and fan belt tension. See sections "Coolant" and "Drive belts"

Allow engine to cool before adding coolant.

Fuel gauge
The fuel tank capacity is approx. 15.8 US gals (60 liters).
The red range represents approx. 3.2 US gals. (12 liters). See 'Refueling' for further information.

Instrument panel lamps rheostat
Clockwise - brighter.
Counterclockwise - dimmer.

(turbo-engine cars only)

The voltmeter indicates the voltage in the electrical system and thereby also the state of the battery. While the car is being driven the pointer should be within the black field.
Should the pointer point to the upper or lower red field when driving, this may indicate some fault in the electrical system.

Boost pressure gauge
(turbo-engine cars only)

The boost pressure gauge is divided into sections.
Black section: The engine acts as a normally-aspirated engine. Best fuel economy is achieved while driving in this range.
Yellow section: The turbo is providing boost pressure.

pg. 8 Indicator and warning lights

1 Turn signal, left
2 Turn signal, right
3 (Not connected)
4 Low engine oil level (certain models)
5 (Not connected)
6 Service Lambda-sondTM system (760 GLE only)
7 (Not connected)
8 Low engine oil pressure
9 Alternator not charging
10 Overdrive (5th gear); manual transmission
11 High beams
12 Brake failure
13 Parking brake applied
14 Bulb failure
15 Low washer fluid level. If the lamp glows continuously when the engine is running, there is only about 1/2-1 US qts remaining in the washer fluid reservoir
16 4th gear (overdrive) disengaged (Automatic transmission) or Shift indicator light (manual transmission) (see Instruments)
17 Fasten seat belts
18 Low coolant level

Lambda-sondTM is a trademark of Volvo of America Corporation.

Indicator light, low oil level (certain models)
Check the oil level indicator light before starting the car - it takes only a few seconds. The car should be standing on level ground and the engine should be cold. Turn the ignition key to the start position so that the warning lights illuminate. If the oil level is adequate, the oil level light will go off after two seconds. If the oil level is low, the light will stay on until the engine is started. If low, check level with dipstick and add oil as required.

Note! If you turn the ignition key too far and start the engine, no indication of the oil level will be given. Moreover, if you switch the engine off after a few seconds and then check the oil level as indicated, the result you obtain will be incorrect because a certain amount of oil will have been pumped out of the oil pan.

pg. 9 Warning lights

The warning lights described on this page should never be on when driving

When the ignition key is turned on, and before the engine starts, all of the warning lights should be on to test the function of the bulbs. Should a light not go off after the engine has started, the system indicated should be inspected. (However, the parking reminder light will not go off until the parking brake is fully released.)

Alternator warning light
If the light comes on while the engine is running, check the tension of the alternator drive belt as soon as possible.

NOTE: This warning light is illuminated if the alternator is not charging. However, parking brake, brake failure and bulb failure warning lights will be illuminated at the same time due in the design of the system.

Brake failure warning light
If the light comes on while driving and the brake pedal can be depressed further than normal, it is an indication that one of the brake circuits is not functioning.
Stop immediately, open hood and check brake fluid level (see section "Brake fluid, power steering").
Fluid level below MIN mark: do NOT drive. Tow car to shop for check/repair of brake system.
Fluid level between MIN and MAX mark: proceed immediately and with caution to a Volvo dealer for an inspection of the brake system.

Oil pressure Warning light
If the light comes on during driving, the oil pressure is too low. Stop the car and then stop the engine immediately and check the engine oil level. See section titled "Engine oil".
After hard driving, the light will come on occasionally when the engine is idling. This is normal, provided it goes off when the engine speed is increased.

Parking brake reminder light
This light will be on when the parking brake (hand brake) is applied. The parking brake lever is situated between the front seats.

Bulb failure warning light
The light will come on if any of the following bulbs are defective:
- one of the low beam headlights
- one of the tail lights
- one of the brake lights (when the brake pedal is depressed).
Check the fuse and bulb. See sections titled "Replacing bulbs" and "Fuses".
Should the warning light come on after a defective outside bulb has been replaced, the corresponding bulb on the other side of the car should also be replaced.

Low coolant level warning light (certain models only)
If the light comes on during driving, then the engine coolant level is too low. Check and, if necessary, correct the coolant level as described in the section titled "Cooling System".

pg. 10 Instruments

Lambda-sondTM (oxygen sensor system) service reminder light (red) (760 GLE only)
As required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this light will come on at 30,000 mile (50,000 km) intervals. It is a reminder to have the oxygen sensor system serviced. The light will stay on until reset by servicing dealer.

Reminder light, Lambda-sondTM (oxygen sensor system) service (760 Turbo)
On the B230F-Turbo engine, the oxygen sensor (Lambda-sondTM) is electrically heated. The use of a PTC (Positive Temperature Coefficient) element to heat the Lambda-sond ensures a shorter warm up time and continuous operation at its working temperature.

This type of Lambda-sondTM does not require periodic replacement and therefore the Lambda-sondTM reminder light is not connected.

Lambda-sondTM is a trademark of Volvo of America Corporation.

Shift indicator light (Manual transmission only)
The Volvo shift indicator light (S.I.L.) is a device designed to help you get even better gas mileage from your Volvo car. Studies have shown that the best fuel economy is obtained by shifting gears at low engine rpm and high relative engine load. The Volvo S.I.L. is calibrated to show you when to shift for improved mileage without sacrificing smooth acceleration.
Use of the S.I.L. is simple. Shift to the next higher gear as soon as the light comes on. You may find after using the S.I.L. for some time that your natural shifting rhythm will adapt to the S.I.L's suggestion. Some drivers may even shift before the light comes on.

Programming instructions for shift indicator
If the current supply to the control unit is cut (battery disconnected), the control unit will have to be re-programmed as the control unit memory will be erased.
Drive the car in each gear (first gear not necessary for approximately 8 seconds. The gear change indicator light with flicker on(0.5 seconds), as each gear is programmed.
Note: Remove foot completely from the clutch pedal after each gear change when programming the control unit.

pg. 11 Starting (ignition) switch

Starting (ignition) switch/steering wheel lock
The steering wheel lock might be under tension when the car is parked. Turn the steering wheel slightly to free the ignition key.

A chime will sound if the starting key is left in the ignition lock and the front door on the driver's side is opened.

pg. 12 Turn signals, Hazard warning flasher

Turn signals
1 Lane change position. In maneuvers such as lane changing, the driver can flash the turn signals by moving the turn signal lever to the first stop and holding it there. position when released.

2 Signal lever engaged for normal turns.
NOTE: Defective turn signal bulb will cause turn signal indicator and remaining signal lights to flash more rapidly than normal.

3 High beam/low beam switch (headlights on).
Move the lever towards the steering wheel and release it.

3 Headlight flasher (headlights off).
Move the lever towards the steering wheel. The headlight high beam will be on until the lever is released.

Hazard warning flasher
The four-way flasher should be used to indicate that the vehicle has become a traffic hazard.

NOTE: Regulations regarding the use of the hazard warning flasher may vary from state to state.

pg. 13 Windshield, Tailgate wipers/washers

1. Intermittent wiper.
With switch in this position, the wipers will sweep approximately every seventh second.
2. "Single sweep" position.
Switch returns automatically when released.
3. Wipers, low speed.
4. Wipers, high speed.
5. Windshield wiper/washer.
The wiper will make 2-3 complete sweeps after the lever is released.

Tailgate window wiper/washer (wagon)
The tailgate window wiper/washer is operated by a switch at the end of the wiper lever.
1. The wiper operates continuously.
2. Intermittent position: the wiper strokes approximately every 10 seconds.
3. Tailgate washer (note that the wiper also operates when this button is depressed): After the button is released the wiper strokes 2-3 additional times before stopping.
The electrical circuit is protected by fuse 14, located in the central electrical unit. See the section entitled "Fuses".

Adjusting washer nozzles
The washer jets should spray the windshield as shown. Use the edge of a small screwdriver to adjust the nozzles, if necessary.

Washer fluid reservoir
The washer fluid reservoir is located in the engine compartment and holds approx. 0.5 US gal. (2.0 liters) on sedan models and approx. 0.8 US gal (3.2 liters) on wagon models.
During cold weather, the reservoir should be filled with windshield washer solvent.

pg. 14 Cruise control

Cruise control
The cruise control switches are located on the turn signal switch lever.
To engage and set desired speed:
1. Set switch (1) to ON.
2. Accelerate to desired cruise speed.
NOTE: The cruise control cannot be engaged. at speeds below 22 mph (35 km).
3. Depress SET SPEED switch (2).

Operating brake pedal or clutch pedal (where applicable)
This will automatically disengage the cruise control. Previously selected cruise speed is retained in the memory and by momentarily setting the switch to RESUME position that speed will be re-engaged.

NOTE: The vehicle will accelerate very quickly should there be a substantial speed differential when the switch is reset to RESUME. It is therefore recommended that the vehicle be accelerated manually and the switch reset to RESUME when the speed differential is reduced.

Momentary acceleration, such as for passing does not interrupt cruise control operation. The previously selected speed will be maintained without having to set switch to RESUME.

To disengage the cruise control system:
set switch (1) to position OFF, or
depress brake pedal, or
depress clutch pedal (where applicable).
Switching off the starting (ignition) switch will automatically disengage the cruise control system.

The cruise control should not be used in heavy traffic or when driving on wet or slippery roads.
If the gear shift is moved to Neutral while the cruise control is engaged, then depress the brake pedal momentarily, or set the cruise control switch (1) to OFF. This will disengage the cruise control and prevent overreving the engine.

Note: When driving on a grade, actual vehicle speed may vary slightly from the set cruise control speed.

pg. 15 Lighting

Headlights and position lights

All lights off
Parking lights on
Headlights and parking lights are on if starting (ignition) switch is in position I or II.

If the headlight switch is in position , all lights will go out when starting (ignition) switch is switched off.

With the headlight switch in position , the parking lights will stay on.
Switch from high to low beams, and vice versa, by moving the turn signal switch lever on the left side of the steering column towards the steering wheel.

pg. 16 Rear fog lights, Front fog lights, Power antenna

Rear fog lights
The rear fog lights are considerably brighter than the normal tail lights and should be used only when atmospheric conditions, such as fog, rain, snow, smoke or dust reduce the daytime or nighttime visibility of other vehicles to less than 500 ft. (152 meters). (The headlights must be switched on.)
Note that local regulations governing the use of these lights may vary.

Auxiliary front fog lights
(optional on certain models)

Auxiliary front fog lights can be switched on only with the low-beam headlights on.

Power antenna
The power antenna switch can be used retract the antenna when the audio system turned on. This will permit operation of the cassette drive with the antenna in the down position.

Caution: Always lower the antenna when entering a garage or car wash to avoid antenna damage.

pg. 17 Rear window demister, Heated front seats

Rear window demister, electrically-heated side-view mirrors
Depress the switch to start heating of rear window and side mirrors. Both orange control lights in the switch will illuminate.
A timer switches off the side mirror heating after approx. 6 minutes and the rear window demister after 12 minutes. The control lights go out correspondingly.
Depressing the switch while any control light is on will disengage all heating. Depressing the switch after the control lights have gone out will restart the heating cycle.

Caution: Do not place items that may damage the printed circuit against the inner surface of the rear window.

Bi-level front seat heating
Both front seats are equipped with electrically heated backrests and seat cushions. The console-mounted rocker switches have three positions. Select maximum seat-heating by depressing the left side of the switch(es); select normal seat-heating by depressing the right side of the switch(es); or disengage the heating by placing the switch(es) in the middle position. With the switch(es) in either of the ON positions, the heating will engage automatically (when the ignition is ON) when the seat temperature drops below about 60°F(15°C), and will disengage automatically at about 95°F(35°C).

Note: A weight-sensing switch automatically disengages the passenger-seat maximum seat heating when the seat is not occupied.

pg. 18 Parking brake, Cigarette lighter, Ash trays

Parking brake (hand brake)
The lever is situated between the front seats. The brake is applied to the rear wheels. Always use the parking brake (hand brake) when parking. On hills, also turn the front wheels toward the curb.
In order to obtain the best possible performance of the parking brake, the brake linings should be broken in (See section titled "Brake system").

Cigarette lighter
To operate, depress the knob fully. When the knob automatically releases, the cigarette lighter is ready for use.
The starting (ignition) switch must be switched on (to position I or II) for the cigarette lighter to function.

Ash trays
To remove the ash trays depress the center spring and remove.

pg. 19 Electrically operated windows

Electrically-operated windows
The electrically operated windows are controlled by switches from the driver's armrest as shown in the above illustration.
The starting (ignition) switch must be ON (position II) for the electrically operated windows to function. The window is lowered if the rear part of the switch is pressed and raised if the front part of the switch is pressed.

Remove the starting (ignition) key when children are left Unattended in the vehicle.

Cut-out switch for electrically-operated rear-door windows
If the car is equipped with rear door power windows, this function can be disabled by a switch located on the driver's door armrest.
This switch is positioned 90° in relation to the other switches.
The rear door windows can be raised or lowered with the respective door switch as well as the switch on the driver's door.
The rear door windows cannot be raised or lowered with the respective door switch but instead only with the corresponding switch on the driver's door.

pg. 20 Heating and ventilation

Heating and ventilation
Your Volvo is equipped with either

  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic climate control
    Depending on which function you select, warm or cold air is distributed to the different parts of the passenger compartment.
    An additional driver's louver is located beneath the steering column and can be adjusted upwards or downwards or can be closed as desired.

    Air louvers (dash)
    A Open
    B Closed
    C Directing air flow horizontally
    D Directing air flow vertically

    pg. 21 Heating and ventilation

    Air distribution

    A certain amount of air will always enter through the dash air louvers as long as they are open, independently of the position of the air distribution control.
    Close the dash air louvers to obtain maximum air flow to floor or windshield.
    Open the two outer air louvers if the side windows become misted.

    pg. 22 Heating and ventilation

    Additional information and tips

  • The air conditioning compressor is engaged only if the temperature is above 46°F (+8°C).
  • In all three air conditioning positions the fan runs at speed 1 if the switch is at "0". This is a safety measure to prevent formation of ice in the system.
  • When outside air isn't fresh
    When the outside air is contaminated with exhaust gases, smoke, etc. (as when driving through a tunnel), move the lever to for a few minutes. In this position very little air is drawn in to the passenger compartment from outside. Do not, however, leave the lever in this position for more that 10-15 minutes, since hardly any fresh air is being supplied.
    Regulate the temperature with the temperature control lever.

    pg. 23 Heating and ventilation

    Automatic climate control system

    Air to floor louvers. Min fan speed. No air conditioning. Air at ambient temperature circulates.
    Automatic control of temperature and air distribution. No air conditioning. (The passenger compartment temperature can never be less than the ambient temperature.)
    All air distributed to the windshield and side windows. Max fan speed.
    Min fan speed
    Fan speed automatically controlled
    Max fan speed
    Automatic control at air distribution
    Air to floor and panel louvers. Automatic control of fan speed. Air supplied from panel louvers is slightly colder than air released at foot level.

    Note! Apart from the position, the fan only operates when the temperature of the engine coolant is above 95°F (+35°C) or the passenger compartment temperature is above 64°F(+18°C.)

    How to select
    The easiest way to obtain a comfortable passenger compartment climate is to select auto and set the temperature dial to the desired temperature. The system itself will do the rest.

    Optimum demist/defrost

    Note: In winter, the slats (air inlet) in front of the windshield should be kept free from snow.

    pg. 24 Audio Cassette/Tuner controls and indicators

    The diagram above identifies the controls and indicators for Audio/Cassette Tuner TD-3141.

    For complete operating instructions, maintenance guidelines, and specifications, please consult your Audio Cassette/Tuner Instruction Booklet. The Booklet also contains information on radio reception and the radio antenna.

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