Instruments, switches and controls

pg. 6 Instruments, switches and controls

Instruments, switches and controls

pg. 7 Instruments, switches and controls

pg. 23 1 Air louver
pg. 17 2 Headlights, parking lights
pg. 14, pg. 16 3 Turn signals, Cruise Control (optional)
pg. 14 4 Hazard warning flashers
pg. 8 5 Instruments
pg. 15 6 Wiper/washer
pg. 23 7 Air louvers
pg. 23-25 8 Heating and ventilation
pg. 22 9 Audio cassette/tuner
pg. 20 10 Cigarette lighter
pg. 20 11 Ash tray
pg. 19 12 Electrically-heated passenger seats
pg. 20 13 Parking brake
pg. 39 14 Hood release handle
pg. 28 15 Power door mirrors (GLE-16 Valve, Turbo)
pg. 21 16 Electrically operated windows
pg. 18 17 Rear fog lights
pg. 18 18 Fog lights (optional, standard on Turbo)
- 19 Space for additional equipment
- 20 Space for additional equipment
pg. 23 21 Air louver
pg. 13 22 Starting (ignition) switch/steering wheel lock
pg. 29 23 Electrically operated sun roof
pg. 19 24 Rear window demister
- 25 Horn
pg. 19 26 Electrically-heated driver's seat

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. 8 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. 9 Instruments

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

Reads thousands of engine rpm.
Engine should not be operated in red range.

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 approaches the red range repeatedly, check coolant level and fan belt tension. Do not drive the car with the pointer in the red range. See sections "Coolant" and "Drive belts".

WARNING! 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. 1.8 US gals. (7 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 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. 10 Indicator and warning lights

1 (Not in use)
2 (Not in use)
3 ABS-system, see p. 12
4 Service reminder light, see p. 12
5 SRS malfunction light
6 Low engine oil pressure
7 Alternator not charging
8 Overdrive (5th gear) engaged
(Turbo with manual transmission)
9 High beams
10 Brake failure
11 Parking brake applied
12 Bulb failure
13 Low washer fluid level.
If the lamp glows continuously
when the engine is running,
there is only about 1/2 - I US qts.
remaining in the washer fluid
14 Shift indicator light
(manual transmission models) or
4th gear disengaged,
automatic transmission
15 Fasten seat belts
16 Check engine, see p. 11
17 Turn signal, left
18 Turn signal, right

pg. 11 Warning lights

The warning lights described on this page should never stay 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 brake 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 generator drive belt as soon as possible.

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

Check Engine warning light
If the lamp comes on (or stays on after the vehicle has started), the Engine Check diagnostic system has detected a fault. Drive to an authorized Volvo dealer for inspection.

Oil pressure warning light
If the light comes on while driving, the oil pressure is too low. Stop the car and then stop the engine immediately and check the engine oil level. See the section titled "Engine oil". If the light stays on after restart, have the car towed to the nearest authorized Volvo dealer. After hard driving, the light may 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.

Brake failure warning light
If the light comes on while driving or braking, this indicates that the brake fluid level is too low.
Stop immediately, open the hood and check the brake fluid level in the reservoir (see section "Engine compartment" for reservoir position)!

If the level is below the MIN mark in either section of the reservoir: Do NOT drive. Tow the car to shop for check/repair of brake system.

If the fluid level is above the MIN mark, or is below the MIN mark in only one of the two parts of the reservoir, drive with caution to an authorized Volvo dealer for inspection of the system. The warning lights described on this page should never stay on when driving

pg. 12 Indicator lights

Service reminder indicator
This light will come on at 5,000 mile (8,000 km) intervals. It is a reminder to the driver to have the engine oil and oil filter changed. The light will stay on 2 minutes after the start until reset by the servicing dealer.

Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
ABS brakes are designed to prevent the brakes from locking under severe braking conditions. If the light comes on while driving, there is a malfunction of the ABS system (the standard braking system will still function), and the car should be driven to an authorized Volvo dealer for inspection. The system "senses" when the brakes begin to lock, regulates the brake pressure and thereby helps prevent the brakes from locking. When the system is activated, you may be aware of a slight vibration in the brake pedal. The switching sound of the control unit in the engine compartment may also be audible. This is quite normal.
Note that the ABS system does not increase the total braking capacity of your car. It does, however, enable you to steer and helps to retain better control of the vehicle.

Shift indicator light
(Manual transmission cars 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.l.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.
Obviously, there will be times when you need to shift later than the light would indicate, for example, when climbing hills or trailer towing. Using the light regularly, however, should result in a mileage improvement of six percent or more. depending on how you normally drive.

(SRS) Supplemental Restraint System
If the light comes on (or stays on after the vehicle has started), the SRS diagnostic system has detected a fault. Drive to an authorized Volvo dealer for inspection. (See section "SRS" for further information.)

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 will flicker once (0.5 seconds), as each gear is programmed.

NOTE : Remember the foot completely from the clutch pedal after each gear change when programming the control unit.

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.

pg. 13 Warning lights, Indicator lights

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.

0 Locked position:
remove the key to lock the steering wheel.
I Intermediate position:
heater blower, cigarette lighter, accessories etc. on.
II Drive position:
key position when engine is running.
III Starting position:
release the key when the engine starts. The key returns automatically to driving position.

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