pg. 128 Specifications

Cooling system
Type:              Positive pressure, closed system
Thermostat begins to open at 180°F (87°C)
Coolant:        Volvo original coolant/anti-freeze
Capacity:       7.4 US qts. (7.0 liters)

Fuel system
The engine is equipped with a multiport fuel injection system

Distributor ignition system
Firing order:                              1-2-4-5-3
Distributor ignition setting:           Not adjustable
Spark plugs:                            Champion RC8PYP (or equivalent)
Spark plug gap:                         0.03" (0.75 mm)
Tightening torque:                      18.4 ft. lbs. +/- 3.7 ft. lbs. (25 Nm +/- 5 Nm)

WARNING! The distributor ignition system operates at very high voltages. Special safety precautions must be followed to prevent injury. Always turn the ignition off when:
  • Replacing distributor ignition components e.g. plugs, coil, etc.
  • Do not touch any part of the distributor ignition system while the engine is running. This may result in unintended movements and body injury.

Replacing spark plugs
The spark plugs should be changed every 30,000 miles (48,000 km). However, city driving or fast highway driving may necessitate changing after 15,000 miles (24,000 km) of driving. When installing new plugs, be sure to fit the right type and use correct torque,
see "Specifications". When changing the plugs, check that the suppressor connectors are in good condition. Cracked or damaged connectors should be replaced. When changing the spark plugs, clean the terminals and the rubber seals.

Front suspension
Spring strut suspension with integrated shock absorbers and control arm linked to the support frame. Power-assisted rack and pinion steering. Safety type steering column.
The alignment specifications apply to an unladen car but include fuel, coolant, and spare wheel.

Toe-in measured on the wheel rims: 2.4 mm +/- 0.7 mm
Toe-in measured on tire sides: 2.9 +/- 0.9 mm

Rear Suspension
Delta-link individual rear-wheel suspension with longitudinal support arms, double link arms and track rods.

Toe-in measured on the tire sides: 4° +/- 10°

All specifications are subject to change without notice.

pg. 129 Specifications (cont.)

Power transmission
Manual transmission: M 56 H
Single-disc dry plate clutch. All-synchromesh on all gears including reverse; integrated final drive. Operation via a floor mounted gear lever.

Final drive ratio       4.00:1

Reduction ratios

1st gear                   3.07:1
2nd gear                        1.77:1
3rd gear                        1.19:1
4th gear                        0.87:1
5th gear                        0.70:1
Reverse                         2.99:1

Automatic transmission: AW 50-42 LE
4-speed automatic electronically controlled gearbox comprising a hydraulic torque converter with a lock-up function; planetary gear, integrated final drive.
Operation via a floor mounted gear selector lever. Drive shafts with symmetrical joint location.

Final drive ratio       2.56:1

Reduction ratios
1st gear                   3.61:1
2nd gear                        2.06:1
3rd gear                        1.37:1
4th gear                        0.98:1
Reverse                         3.95:1

Fuel tank                          17.9 US gals (68 liters)
Cooling System                          7.4 US qts. (7.0 liters)
Engine oil (incl. filter)               6.1 US qts. (5.8 liters)*
Automatic transmission                  2 US gals (7.6 liters)
Manual transmission                     2.2 US qts. (2.1 liters)
Power steering fluid                    0.8 US qts. (0.8 liter)
Washer fluid reservoir                  4.7 US qts. (4.5 liters)
Brake/clutch system                     0.6 US qts (0.6 liters)

* Add 0.95 US qt. (0.9 liters) if the oil cooler has been drained.

Vehicle Loading
The tires on your Volvo should perform to specifications at all normal loads when inflated as recommended on the tire information label. The label is located on the inside of the fuel filler flap. The label lists both tire and vehicle design limits. Do not load your car beyond the load limits indicated.

WARNING! Improperly inflated tires will reduce tire life, adversely affect vehicle handling and can possibly lead to failure resulting in loss of vehicle control prior warning.

All specifications are subject to change without notice.

pg. 130 Specifications (cont.)

Electrical system
12 Volt, negative ground.
Voltage-controlled generator. Single-wire system with chassis and engine used as conductors.

Voltage                                    12 V
Capacity                                600 A/100 min

The battery contains corrosive and poisonous acids. It is of the utmost importance that old batteries are disposed of correctly. Your Volvo retailer can assist you in this matter.

Rated output                       1400 W
Max. current                    100 A


Bulb US No. Power Socket No/bulbs
     High beam
     Low beam

Front parking lights/turn signals 3357 NA 30/7 W/30/2.2 cp W 2.5 x 15q 2
Turn signals, rear 21W BAU 15 2
Side direction indicators 5W W 2.1 x 9.5 d 2
Tail lights 67 5 W/4cp BA 15 s 4
Brake lights 1156 21W/32cp BA 15 s 2
Back-up lights 1156 21W/32cp BA 15 s 2
Rear fog light 1156 21W/32cp BA 15 s 1
Front fog lights H1 55 W P 14.5s 2
License plate light 5 W W 2.1x9.5d 2
Door open warning light 3 W W 2.1x9.5d 4
Door step courtesy light 5W W 2.1x9.5d 2
Trunk light 10 W SV 8.5 1
Glove compartment light 2 W BA 9s 1
Vanity mirror lights 1.2 W 2
Instrument lighting 3 W W 2.1x9.5d 3
Illumination, control panel
     gear selector (automatic trans.)
     rear ashtray

1.2 W
1.2 W
1.2 W
W 2x4.6 d
W 2x4.6 d
W 2x4.6 d

Instrument warning/indicator lights 1.2 W W 2x4.6 d
Front courtesy lights 5 W BA 9s 2
Rear reading lights 5 W BA 9s 2

All specifications are subject to change without notice

pg. 131 Specifications (cont.)

Dimensions - Volvo C 70 convertible
Length185.8 in. (472 cm)
Width71.7 in. (182 cm)
Height (convertible top raised)56.3 in. (143 cm)
Wheelbase104.7 in. (266 cm)
Track, front59.8 in. (151.8 cm)
Track, rear59.8 in. (151.8 cm)
Turning circle (between curbs)38.4 ft. (11.7 m)
Cargo capacity7.9 cu. ft. (0.22 m)

Weights - Volvo C 70 convertible
  USA Canada
Gross vehicle weight (GVW)
C 70 (auto) 4450 lbs (2018 kg) 2020 kg
C 70 (man.) 4410 lbs (2000 kg) 2000 kg
Capacity Weight *
C 70 (B5234T3) 765 lbs (347 kg) 345 kg
C 70 (B5254T) 795 lbs (361 kg) 360 kg
Curb weight
C 70 3590-3685 lbs (1628-1671 kg) 1630-1675 kg
Permissible axle weight, front
C 70 (aut.) 2440 lbs (1170 kg) 1110 kg
C 70 (man.) 2400 lbs (1089 kg) 1090 kg
Permissible axle weight, rear
C 70 (man./auto.) 2140 lbs (970 kg) 970 kg
Max trunk-mounted luggage rack load 110 lbs (50 kg) 50 kg
Max. trailer weight
(w/o brakes) 1100 lbs (500 kg) 500 kg
(with brakes)
2" ball 3300 lbs (1500 kg) 1500 kg
1 7/8" ball 2000 lbs (908 kg) 900 kg
Max. tongue weight ** 165 lbs (75 kg) 75 kg

WARNING! When adding accessories, equipment, luggage and other cargo to your vehicle, the total loaded weight capacity of the vehicle must not be exceeded.

* The max permissible axle loads or the gross vehicle weight must not be exceeded.
** See also section "Trailer towing"

All specifications are subject to change without notice.

pg. 132 Service manuals, Road assistance

Your new Volvo comes with a four year road assistance program named ON-CALL. Additional information, features, and benefits are described in a separate information package in your glove compartment.

If you have misplaced your package, dial
In the U.S.A.
1-800-25 VOLVO(1-800-638-6586)
In Canada:

Volvo supports Voluntary Mechanic Certification by the A.S.E. Certified mechanics have demonstrated a high degree of competence in specific areas. Besides passing exams each mechanic must also have worked in the field for two or more years before a certificate is issued. These professional mechanics are fully able to analyze vehicle problems and perform the necessary service procedures to keep your Volvo at peak operating condition.

NOTE: The above pertains to the USA only.

All specifications are subject to change without notice.

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