Chapter 6 - In case of emergency

pg. 91 In case of an emergency

In case of an emergency

Even if you maintain your car in good running condition, there is always the possibility that something might go wrong and prevent you from driving, such as a punctured tire, blown fuse or bulb, etc. For additional information, see section "ON CALL Road Assistance".

pg. 92-93Wheel changing
pg. 94Spare tire
pg. 95-101Replacing bulbs
pg. 102-104Replacing fuses
pg. 105Installation of accessories
pg. 106-107Replacing wiper blades
pg. 108In case of emergency

pg. 92 Wheel changing

Loosen wheel bolts Insert flat end of lug wrench and turn
Pull straight out

Changing a wheel

The spare wheel is located under the carpet on the trunk floor. The jack and crank are secured in the wheel recess.

  • Engage the parking brake.
  • Put the gear selector in (P)ark (automatic) or in Reverse (manual).
  • Remove the wheel cap (where applicable) using the lug wrench in the tool kit.
  • With the car still on the ground, use the lug wrench to loosen the wheel bolts 1/2 - 1 turn. Turn the bolts counterclockwise to loosen.
  • Fold out the crank handle on the jack by pressing the nob on the handle downward. To attach the jack, refer to the illustration on the following page.

    NOTE: To avoid excessive wear and the necessity of rebalancing, mark and reinstall wheels in same location and position as before removal. To lessen the chance of imbalance, each wheel hub is equipped with a guide stud to ensure that a removed wheel can be reinstalled in its original position (as when changing over to winter tires/wheels).


  • The car must not be driven with wheels of different dimensions or with a spare tire other than the one that came with the car. The use of different size wheels can seriously damage your car's transmission.
  • Correct tightening torque on wheel bolts must be observed. The wheel bolts must be observed. The wheel bolts should never be greased or lubricated. The extended, chromed wheel bolts must not be used with steel rims, as they make it impossible to fit the hub caps.

  • Attaching the jack

    There is a jack attachment located in the center on each side of the car. Position the jack on the bar in the attachment as shown in illustration A above and crank while simultaneously guiding the base of the jack to the ground. The base of the jack must be flat on a level, firm, non-slippery surface. Before raising the car check that the jack is still correctly positioned in the attachment . Raise the vehicle until both wheels on the side of the car where the jack is attached are lifted off the ground. Unscrew the wheel bolts completely and carefully remove the wheel so as not to damage the thread on the studs.

    pg. 93 Wheel changing (cont.)

    Additional rear jack attachment on
    All Wheel Drive cars

    Jack attachment

    Attaching the jack on cars with All Wheel Drive (AWD)

    Due to the greater weight of AWD-equipped cars, these models have an additional jack attachment point, located directly in front of the rear axle. When using a workshop floor jack, make sure that the correct attachment is used and that the jack does not damage the fuel tank.
    The attachment is, of course, also intended for use with the standard jack supplied with the car.

    Installing the wheel

    Clean the contact surfaces on the wheel and hub. Lift the wheel and place it on the hub. Make sure that you align the wheel with the guide stud on the wheel hub prior to installation. Install the wheel bolts crosswise (see illustration) and tighten by turning lightly clockwise. Lower the vehicle to the ground and alternately tighten the nuts to 81 ft. lbs. (110 Nm). Install the wheel cap (where applicable).

    Correct tightening order for wheel bolts


  • The jack's attachment must engage the bar in the jack attachment (A). The car's weight must not rest on the jack's attachment (B).
  • Be sure the jack is on a firm, level, non-slippery surface.
  • Never allow any part of your body to be extended under a car supported by a jack.
  • Use the jack intended for the car when replacing a wheel. For any other job, use stands to support the end of the car being worked on.
  • Apply the parking brake, select position P (automatic transmission) or Reverse gear (manual transmission).
  • Block the wheels standing on the ground, use rigid wooden blocks or large stones.
  • The jack should be kept well-greased.

  • pg. 94 Spare tire

    Temporary Spare (certain models)

    The spare tire of your car is what is called a "Temporary Spare". It has the following designation: T115/70 R15 or T125/90R15.
    Recommended tire pressure (see decal on fuel filler flap) should be maintained irrespective of which position on the car the Temporary Spare tire is used on.
    In the event of damage to this tire a new one can be purchased from your Volvo retailer.

    CAUTION: The car must not be driven with wheels of different dimensions or with a spare tire other than the one that came with the car. The use of different size wheels can seriously damage your car's transmission.

    Current legislation prohibits the use of the "Temporary Spare" tire other than as a temporary replacement for a punctured tire. In other words, it must be replaced as soon as possible by a standard tire. Roadholding, etc., may be affected with the "Temporary Spare" in use. Do not, therefore, exceed 50 mph (80 km/h).

    NOTE : Certain models are equipped with a full-size spare wheel.

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