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 6:18 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 12 mph (20 km/h). The brake pedal will pulsate several times 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.


1:191 Air vent
1:62 Turn signals, high/low beams,
1:15cruise control
1:83 Rear fog light, instrument lighting
1:64 Headlights, parking lights
1:1 - 1:55 Instruments
1:76 Windshield wiper/washer
1:97 Hazard warning flashers
1:198 Air mix
1:199 Air vents
1:19 - 1:2310 Heating and ventilation
3:4, 3:611 Passenger side SRS (air bag) hatch
1:25 - 1:7012 Audio system
1:1713 Ash tray
4:914 Shiftlock override button
1:1615 Electrically-heated front seats (optional)
1:1716 Parking brake
1:2417 Electrically operated windows
2:7and side door mirrors
1:1718 Cigarette lighter
2:1019 Hood release
1:820 Front fog lights (optional)
1:821 Central locking button
1:1822 Adjustable steering wheel
1:723 Starting (ignition) switch/steering wheel lock
-24 Space for additional equipment
1:3, 1:5, 1:925 Traction control system (optional)
2:926 Electrically operated sun roof (optional)
1:12 - 1:1427 Trip computer (optional)
1:928 Heated rear window/heated door mirrors
3:429 Horn/SRS

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

pg. 1:2 Instruments

1 Fuel gauge

The fuel tank holds approximately 19.3 US gals. (73 liters). When the warning light comes on, there is approximately 1.8 US gals. (8 liters) of fuel remaining in the tank. See "Refueling" for further information.

2 Boost pressure gauge

(Turbo models only)
The boost pressure gauge is divided into sections. Black sections: The engine acts as a normally aspirated engine. Best fuel economy is achieved while driving in this range. White section: The turbocharger provides boost pressure.

3 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.

4 Trip odometer reset button

5 Clock, ambient temperature sensor (certain models), trip computer (certain models)

6 Speedometer

7 Odometer

8 Trip odometer

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.

9 Tachometer

Reads thousands of engine rpm. Engine should not be operated in red range. The highest permitted constant engine speed is 6,300 rpm (turbo: 6,200 rpm, B 5252 S: 6,000 rpm).

pg. 1:3 Indicator and warning lights

1 Turn signal, left
2 Turn signal , right
3 (Not in use)
4 Low washer fluid level
If the lamp glows continuously when the engine is running, there is only about 1/2 - 1 US qt. remaining in the washer fluid reservoir.
5 Low fuel level
When the lamp glows, only about 1.8 US gals. (8 liters) of fuel remain
6 Rear fog light
7 High beams
8 (Not in use)
9 Bulb failure warning sensor
10 (Not in use)
11 (Not in use)
12 SRS
13 Generator not charging
14 Low engine oil pressure
15 Brake warning light
16 Parking brake applied
17 ABS-system
18 Ambient temperature warning light* (certain models)
(see pp. 1:11 or 1:14 for more information)
19 Transmission mode "W", or gear positions 3 or L engaged (automatic transmissions)
20 Low coolant level
21 Traction Control System (option)
22 Malfunction indicator lamp
(See page 1:4 for more information)
23 (Not in use)

* Warning light is amber.

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.

NOTE: if the fuel filler cap is not closed tightly or if the engine is running when the car is refueled, the Malfunction Indicator Lamp may indicate a fault. Use only Volvo original or approved fuel filler caps.

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:

WARNING! 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

If the TRACS (TRaction Control System) is manually disengaged with the switch on the dashboard, the warning light will come on. This will also come on to indicate a TRAC's malfunction, and when the brakes overheat, although it goes out again at the normal temperature level. If the lamp remains on, the system should be checked by an authorized Volvo retailer. This lamp should not be confused with the ON/OFF indicator lamp above the switch. See page 1:9 for additional information.

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 4:16 for additional information.
Canadian models are equipped with this warning light:

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 retailer.

Mode "W" engaged
The lamp will light up when the Winter/Wet mode is engaged or if gears "3" or "L" are selected.
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*, after 750 hours of driving or after 12 months, whichever occurs first. It is a reminder to the driver that the service interval has been exceeded. The light will stay on 2 minutes after the start until reset by the servicing retailer.
* Turbo models intervals: 5,000 miles (8,000 km), 500 hours of driving or after 12 months, whichever occurs first.

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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