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  • Store cassettes in their cases.
  • Do not touch the tape surface with your fingers.
  • Tapes should not be exposed to direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
  • Keep tapes away from oil, grease and other contaminants.
  • For optimal tape deck performance Volvo does not recommend the use of C-120 tapes.
  • Take up slack using a pen or a pencil before inserting a cassette in the cassette slot.

    Cassette cleaning

    We recommend the use of the Volvo Cleaning Cassette available as a genuine Volvo accessory. Regular use improves sound quality, cleans vital parts and prevents tape tangle.

    Compact disc care:

  • Before using a new disk for the first time, remove any burrs in the center/outer edge by running the stem of a pen or similar object around the hole/edge of the disc.
  • Use high quality discs only.
  • Keep the discs clean. Wipe them with a soft, clean, lint-free cloth, working from the center outwards. If necessary, dampen the cloth with a neutral soap solution. Dry thoroughly before using.
  • Never use cleaning spray or anti-static liquid. Use only cleaners specifically made for CD's.
  • Use discs of the correct size only (3.5" discs should never be used).
  • Do not put tape or labels on the disc itself.
  • Volvo does not recommend the use of plastic outer rings on the disc.
  • Condensation may occur on discs/optical components of the changer in cold winter weather. The disc can be dried with a clean, lint-free cloth. Optical components in the CD changer may, however, take up to one hour to dry off.
  • Never attempt to play a disc which is damaged in any way.
  • When not in use, the discs should be stored in their covers. Avoid storing discs in excessive heat, direct sunlight or dusty locations.

    pg. 195 Audio systems, general information (cont.)

    Sending signals

    The FM waves do not follow the earth's surface nor do they bounce off the atmosphere. For this reason their range is limited. The AM waves follow the earth's surface and reflect against the atmosphere, giving them a wide range.

    Weak reception (fading)

    Because of the limited range of the FM senders and the fact that these waves are very reflective, this problem usually occurs with FM reception. If the sender is blocked by buildings or mountains, static can result.


    The reason why FM but not AM is audible is covered parking areas, under bridges, etc., is that FM signals reflect against solid objects such as buildings. Because these waves are very reflective, static can result. This static is the result of the reflected signal and the direct signal reaching your antenna at slightly different times causing a cancellation of all signals. This problem occurs largely in built-up areas. To help minimize this situation, turn down the treble.

    pg. 196 Audio systems, general information (cont.)

    Cross modulation

    If you listen to a weak station in the vicinity of a stronger one, both stations may be received simultaneously. If the car is moved a short distance, the weaker signal may be heard more clearly.

    FM - reasons for distortion

    FM is affected by the electrical systems of nearby vehicles, especially those without suppression. The distortion increases if the station is weak or poorly set.
    The FM reception is not as sensitive to electrical disturbances as AM.

    AM - reasons for distortion

    AM reception is sensitive to electrical disturbances such as power lines, lighting, etc.

    pg. 197 Audio systems, general information (cont.)

    FM stereo reception

    Stereo reception places very high demands on the signal quality which means the type of distortions previously mentioned become even more obvious. The signal strength needs to be stronger for good stereo reception and this limits the effective range of the sender.

    We hope that this information proves to be useful and provides you with a better understanding of the problems related to car radio reception.

    Reception conditions are not always optimum and this is, of course, beyond our control. However, we have endeavored to make the Volvo Audio System of a quality that will enable you to enjoy the best possible reception no matter what the reception conditions may be.

    Radio antenna (sedans)

    NOTE:Always lower the antenna when using an automatic car wash or entering a garage.

    The antenna should be cleaned at least every 10,000 miles (16,000 km) or more frequently if needed. Use WD40 for cleaning.
    Spray the antenna with WD40 and wipe it clean and dry with a rag. Spray it again. Lower and raise the antenna. Wipe it clean and dry again. Lower and raise the antenna 4-6 times. Make sure it is dry and free from dirt or lubricating oil.

    Radio antenna (wagons)

    The radio antennas (2) are built into both side windows of the cargo area. These antennas also have factory installed antenna boosters.

    NOTE: The antenna will not work without this booster.

    Place objects in the cargo area so that the antenna wires on the inside of the window will not be damaged. When cleaning the window be careful that the wires are not scratched by rings, etc. If they are damaged, radio reception will be impaired.

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    Detergents and solvents
    Do not use gasoline containing lead or benzene as a detergent or solvent. Both lead and benzene are toxic and may be hazardous to your health.

    Installation of optional equipment/use of mobile telephones
    Incorrectly installed optional equipment, alarm systems or the use of mobile telephones which are not connected to a suitable antenna can cause faults in the car's electronic control systems. Your car is equipped with an accessory connector located under the dashboard on the driver's side. Please consult your Volvo retailer if you have any questions before connecting accessory or optional equipment to the vehicle's electrical systems.

    Carbon monoxide
    Carbon monoxide is a poisonous, colorless and odorless gas which is present in all exhaust gases. If you ever smell exhaust fumes from inside the vehicle, make sure the passenger compartment is ventilated and immediately return the vehicle to you th retailer for correction.
    Never sit in a parked or stopped car for any extended amount of time, nor have it unattended while the engine is running.
    Never operate the engine in confined, unventilated areas.

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    The following should be checked regularly: *

    1 Washer fluid reservoir should be filled with water and solvent (wintertime: windshield washer anti-freeze). See page 129.

    2 Coolant level should be between the expansion tank marks. Mixture: 50% anti-freeze and 50% water. See page 130.

    3 Power steering - When cold, the level must not be above the COLD mark and when hot it must not be above the HOT mark. Top up if the level drops to the ADD mark with ATF fluid. See page 126.

    4 Engine oil level should be between the dipstick marks. The distance between the marks represents approx. 1.6 US qts (1.5 liter). See page 124.

    5 Brake fluid - check, without removing the cap, that the level is above the MIN mark. Use brake fluid DOT 4+. See page 126.

    * Engine oil should be checked each time the car is refuelled.

    Octane rating, see page 67

    Tire pressure, see label located on inside of the fuel filler flap.

    Bulbs Power Socket US Bulb No.
    1 55 W H7
    2 5 W BA 15s 67
    3 21 W BA 15s 1156
    4 21/4 W BAZ 15d
    5 21 W BAU 15s
    6 26/7 W W2.5x15q 3357NA
    7 55 W H1

    See pages 95-101 for more detailed information


    Volvo Car Corporation
    Göteborg, Sweden

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