Instruments, switches and controls

Instruments, switches and controls

pg. 1:1 Instruments, switches and controls

Your car is equipped with a Shiftlock-Keylock system.

When your car is parked, the gear selector is locked in the (P)ark position. To release the selector from this position, turn the ignition key to position II (or start the engine), depress the brake pedal, press the button on the front side of the gear selector and move the selector from (P)ark.
If it is necessary to manually override the Shiftlock system, see page 4:9 for instructions.

This means that when you switch off the ignition, the gear selector must be in the (P)ark position before the starting (ignition) key can be removed from the ignition switch.

The ABS system in your car performs a self-diagnostic test when the vehicle is started and at 4 mph (6km/h). The driver may detect one pulsation of the brake pedal and a sound will be audible from the ABS control module. This is normal.

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.

Some of the items below are available on certain models only.

1:111 Air vent
1:62 Headlights, parking lights
1:83 Front/rear fog lamps
-4 Space for additional equipment
1:1-1:55 Instruments
-6 Space for additional equipment
1:9, 2:167 Electrically operated sun roof
1:98 Hazard warning flashers
1:99 Heated rear window/side door mirrors
1:1110 Air vents
1:11-1:1511 Heating and ventilation
3:4, 3:612 SRS (air bag), passenger's side
1:19-1:4613 Audio system
1:1714 Controls for electrically operated windows
2:5and side door mirrors
1:815 Instrument panel illumination
2:916 Hood-release handle
1:617 Turn signals, high/low beams,
1:10cruise control
1:818 Adjustable steering wheel
3:419 SRS (air bag)/Horn
1:720 Starting (ignition) switch/steering wheel lock
1:721 Windshield wiper/washer
1:7headlight wiper/washer (certain models)
1:9rear window wiper/washer (wagons)
1:1822 Cigarette lighter
1:1823 Ash tray
4:724 Transmission mode selector buttons
4:625 Gear selector
6:2126 Shiftlock override button
1:1627 Electrically-heated front seats
1:1828 Parking brake

pg. 1:2 Instruments

NOTE: Canadian model speedometers/odometers indicate kilometers only.

1 Ambient temperature indicator (certain models)

Indicates the temperature slightly above the surface of the road. An amber warning lamp lights up when the temperature is in the range of 23-36° F (-5 - + 2° C). At low speeds or when the car is not moving, the temperature readings may be slightly higher than the actual ambient temperature due to heat generated by the engine.

2 Fuel gauge

The total fuel tank capacity is approx. 21.1 US gals (80 liters). The "usable" capacity is 20.3 US gallons (77 liters). When the warning light comes on, there are approximately 1.6 US gals. (6 liters) of fuel remaining in the tank. See "Refueling" for further information.

3 Quartz crystal clock/clock set button

Press the button and turn to set the clock.

4 Speedometer

5 Odometer

6 Trip odometer/reset button

Used for measuring shorter distances. The last digit indicates 1/10 mile/kilometer. A black number on a white background = original speedometer. A red number on a white background = replacement speedometer.

7 Tachometer

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

8 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. Do not drive the car with the pointer in the red range. See "Coolant" section.

Warning! Allow engine to cool before adding coolant.

pg. 1:3 Indicator and warning lights

1 Turn signal, left
2 Turn signal , right
3 Malfunction indicator lamp
4 Direction indicator, trailer
5 Service reminder indicator
6 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.
7 Rear fog lamp
8 Bulb failure
9 Generator not charging
10 Low engine oil pressure
11 High beams
12 Brake failure
13 Parking brake applied
14 ABS-system
15 Low coolant level
16 (Not in use)
17 "Winter" mode engaged/transmission fault
18 Fasten seat belts
19 SRS
20 (Not in use)
21 (Not in use)

pg. 1:4 Warning lights

The warning lights described on pages 1:4 and 1:5 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.

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

Malfunction indicator lamp
If the lamp comes on (or stays on after the vehicle has started), the engine diagnostic system has detected a possible fault in the emission control system. Although driveability may not be affected, see an authorized Volvo retailer as soon as possible 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 retailer. 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. Canadian models are equipped with this warning light:

Brake fluid 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)!
Canadian models are equipped with this warning light:

If the level is below the MIN mark in either section of the reservoir: DO NOT DRIVE. Tow the car to a Volvo retailer and have the brake system checked and any leakage repaired.

pg. 1:5 Warning lights

Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
If the warning lamp lights up there is a malfunction of the ABS system (the standard braking system will however function). The vehicle should be driven to a Volvo retailer for inspection.
See page 4:15 for additional information.
Canadian models are equipped with this warning light:

Mode "W" engaged
The lamp will light up when the Winter starting mode is engaged.
If the warning lamp begins to flash, this means that there is a fault in the automatic gearbox. Contact your Volvo retailer.

Supplemental Restraint System (SRS)
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 retailer for an inspection of the system. See the SRS section for more information.

Service reminder indicator
This light will come on at 10,000 mile (16,000 km) intervals. It is a reminder to the driver that the 10,000 mile (16,000 km) service interval has been exceeded. The light will stay on 2 minutes after the start until reset by the servicing retailer.

Coolant level sensor
If the light comes on while driving, the coolant level is low. The coolant level in the expansion tank should be checked immediately and topped off if necessary. The cooling system should be inspected by an authorized Volvo dealer.

Turn signal indicators-trailer (certain models)
When towing a trailer, this light will flash simultaneously with the turn signals on the trailer. If the light does not flash when signaling, neither the trailer's turn signals nor the car's turn signals are functioning.

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.

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