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:
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.
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.
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 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 reception is sensitive to electrical disturbances such as power lines, lighting, etc.
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.
Inside Back Cover
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.|
|2||5 W||BA 15s||67|
|3||21 W||BA 15s||1156|
|4||21/4 W||BAZ 15d||–|
|5||21 W||BAU 15s||–|
See pages 95-101 for more detailed information
Volvo Car Corporation