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All Wheel Drive Vehicles - Owner's Manual Supplement

All Wheel Drive Vehicles - Owner's Manual Supplement

Wheels and Tires - All Wheel Drive Vehicles

Types of Tires

Always drive on tires of identical brand, size, construction (radial), tread pattern, load-, speed-, traction-, temperature-, and treadwear rating.

Never drive on mixed tires, except for brief periods when the temporary spare tire is in use.

Always use properly inflated tires of correct dimensions. Tire size and inflation pressures are shown on the tire pressure label located inside the fuel filler door.


Failure to always drive on properly inflated, identical tires of correct dimensions may result in a circumference difference between tires on the front and rear axles. This will cause excessive tire wear and may damage the transmission and all wheel drive system.

Tire Replacement

When tire replacement is necessary, Volvo strongly recommends replacing all four tires at the same time with identical tires as explained above. Failure to do so can result in circumference differences that may damage the transmission and all wheel drive system.

If only one or two tires are replaced, the new tire(s) must be identical to the tires with which the car was built, and must be mounted on the FRONT AXLE ONLY! Failure to do this may damage the transmission and all wheel drive system.

Tire Rotation

The front tires of your all wheel drive vehicle are the primary drive tires. The primary drive tires will wear faster than the rear wheels. The tires with the least wear and largest circumference must always be on the front. Therefore, Volvo recommends rotating the tires every 7,500 miles (12.000 km). Tires should be rotated front-to-back/back-to-front only. Tires must maintain the same direction of rotation throughout their lifetime, and should never be rotated from one side of the vehicle to the other.


Failure to rotate tires at recommended intervals will cause uneven tire wear and may damage the transmission and all wheel drive system. However, if the front tires are newer (have less wear) than the rear tires, then tires should not be rotated until the front tires wear to the same circumference as the rear tires.

Temporary Spare

The temporary spare tire is for temporary, low-speed, short-distance u; only. Replace it with a full-sized tire as soon as possible, in accordance with "Tire Rotation" above. Do not drive on the temporary spare at speeds above 50 mph (80km/h) or for distances greater than 50 miles (8 km). Transmission and all wheel drive system damage may result.

Never install snow chains on a temporary spare.

Only flat bed equipment should be used for towing cars equipped with all wheel drive.

Vehicle Towing Information

Towing Cars with All Wheel Drive (AWD)

Cars equipped with all wheel drive must not be towed or transported with only one of the axles raised or with all four wheels on the ground (see illustration above). Towing or transporting the car incorrectly will damage the viscous coupling which distributes power between the front and rear drive wheels.

Only flat bed equipment should be used.

  • The car must not be driven with wheels of different dimensions/ specifications 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.
  • If the car is being towed on a flat bed truck, the towing eyelets must not be used to secure the car on the flat bed. Consult the tow truck operator.
  • Do not use the towing eyelets to pull the car up onto a flat bed tow truck.

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