pg. 19 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. If the ignition is switched on while refueling, the gauge may read inaccurately for up to 45 minutes.

6 Rear fog light
7 High beams
8 Trunk/tailgate open
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 Transmission mode "W", or gear positions 3 or L engaged (automatic transmissions)
19 Low coolant level
20 Traction Control System (option)
21 Malfunction indicator lamp
(See page 20 for more information)
22 Service reminder indicator

pg. 20 Warning lights

The warning lights described on pages 20 and 21 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, have the charging system checked.


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, stop the car and then stop the engine immediately and check the engine oil level. See page 124. 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, stop immediately, open the hood and check the brake fluid level in the reservoir. See page 131 for reservoir position.
Canadian models are equipped with this warning light:


WARNING! If the fluid 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. 21 Warning lights (cont.)

TRACS disengaged (option)


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 TRACS 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 25 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 80 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 up 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 starting 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 for2 minutes after the start until reset by the servicing retailer.
* Turbo-charged model 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 "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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