S90 & V90



 This manual deals with the operation and care of your Volvo
Welcome to the worldwide family of Volvo owners. We trust that you will enjoy many years of safe driving in your Volvo, an automobile designed with your safety and comfort in mind. To help ensure your satisfaction with this vehicle, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the equipment descriptions, operating instructions and maintenance requirements/recommendations in this manual. We also urge you and your passengers to wear seat belts at all times in this (or any other) automobile. And, of course, please do not operate a vehicle if you may be affected by alcohol, medication or any impairment that could hinder your ability to drive.   Your Volvo is designed to meet all applicable safety and emission standards, as evidenced by the certification labels attached to the driver's door opening and on the left wheel housing in the engine compartment.

For further information please contact your retailer, or:

In the USA:
Volvo Cars of North America
Customer Support
P.O. Box 914
Rockleigh, New Jersey 07647-0914

In Canada:
Volvo Canada Ltd.
175 Gordon Baker Road
Willowdale, Ontario M2H 2N7

 Volvo and the environment

Volvo is committed to the well being of our customers. As a natural part of this commitment, we care about the environment in which we all live. Caring for the environment means an everyday involvement in reducing our environmental impact.

Volvo's environmental activities are based on a holistic view, which means we consider the overall environmental impact of a product throughout its complete life cycle. In this context, design, production, product use, and recycling are all important considerations.

In production, Volvo has partly or completely phased out several chemicals including freons, lead chromates, naphtanates, asbestos, mercury and cadmium; and reduced the amount of chemicals used in our plants 50% since 1991.

In use, Volvo was the first in the world to introduce into production a three-way catalytic converter with a Lambda sond, now called oxygen sensor, in 1976. The current version of this highly efficient system reduces emissions of harmful substances (CO, HC, NOx) from the exhaust pipe by approximately 95% and the search to eliminate the remaining emissions continues. Volvo is the only automobile manufacturer to offer CFC-free retrofit kits for the air conditioning system for all models back to the M/Y 1975 240. Advanced electronic engine controls, refined purification systems and cleaner fuels are bringing us closer to our goal.

After Volvo cars and parts have fulfilled their use, recycling is the next critical step in completing the life cycle. The metal content is about 75% of the total weight of the car, which makes the car among the most recycled industrial products. In order to have efficient and well controlled recycling, many Volvo variants have printed dismantling manuals indication the weight and material of individual components. For Volvo, all homogeneous plastic parts weighing more than 1.7 oz. (50 grams) are marked with international symbols that indicate how the component is to be sorted for recycling.


In addition to continuous environmental refinement of conventional gasoline-powered internal combustion engines, Volvo is actively looking at advanced technology alternative-fuel vehicles.

When you drive a Volvo, you become our partner in the work to lessen the car's impact on the environment.
To reduce your vehicle's environmental impact, you can:

  • Maintain proper air pressure in your tires. Tests have shown decreased fuel economy with improperly inflated tires
  • Follow the recommended maintenance schedule
  • Drive at a constant speed
  • See an authorized Volvo retailer as soon as possible for inspection if the check engine (malfunction indicator) lamp illuminates, or stays on after the vehicle has started
  • Properly dispose of any vehicle related waste such as used motor oil, used batteries, brake pads, etc.
  • When cleaning your car, use Volvo's own car care products, all of which have systematically been adapted to the environment



Before you operate your car for the first
time, please familiarize yourself with
the BREAK-IN information on page 54. You
should also be familiar with the information
in the first three chapters of this book.

Information contained in the balance of the
manual is extremely useful and
should be studied after operating the vehicle for the
first time. This manual is structured so that
it can be used for reference. It should thus
be kept in the car for ready access.

Do not export your Volvo to another country
before investigating the country's applicable
safety and exhaust emission requirements.
In some cases it may be difficult or impossible
to comply with these requirements.
Modifications to the emission control
system(s) may render your Volvo not
certifiable for legal operation in the U.S.,
Canada or other countries.

All information, illustrations and specifications contained in this manual are based on the latest product information available at the time of publication. Volvo reserves the right to make model changes at any time, or to change specifications or design, without notice and without incurring obligation.

Chapter 1 - Occupant safety   1

Chapter 2 - Instruments, switches and controls   15

Chapter 3 - Body and interior   31

Chapter 4 - Starting and driving   53

Chapter 5 - Wheels and tires   71

Chapter 6 - In case of an emergency   77

Chapter 7 - Car care   97

Chapter 8 - Volvo Service   103

Chapter 9 - Specifications   121

Chapter 10 - Audio systems   131

1997 Volvo Cars of North America, Inc.
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