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C70 Coupe & Convertible

Chapter 2 - Instruments, switches and controls

pg. 16 Instruments, switches and controls

pg. 17 Instruments, switches and controls

The pages in this section provide detailed descriptions of the vehicle's instruments and controls. Note that vehicles may be equipped differently, depending on special legal requirements.
1 Air vents 35
2 Headlights, parking lights 22
3 Instrument illumination 24
4 Rear fog light 24
5 Front fog lights (optional) 24
6 Space for additional equipment
7 Space for additional equipment
8 Instruments 16-17
9 Stability Control System - STC 25
10 Trip computer (optional) 28-30
11 Electrically operated sun roof (C70 Coupe) 44
11 Electrically operated convertible top (C70 Convertible) 44
12 Rear window demister/heated door mirrors 25
13 Air mix 35
14 Air vents 35
15 Passenger side air bag (SRS) hatch 4-6
16 Air vents 35
17 Hood release 58
18 Turn signals, high/low beams, exterior courtesy lights 22
18 Cruise control 31
19 Adjustable steering wheel 34
20 Windshield wiper/washer 23
21 Heated front seats (optional) 32
22 Auxiliary socket 33
23 Audio systems 137
24 Heating and ventilation controls 35-37
25 Hazard warning flashers 25
26 Ashtray 33
27 Coin holder 42
28 Shiftlock release button (automatic transmission only) 105
29 Gear selector shift positions 69-71
30 Winter mode selector 71
31 Parking brake 32
32 Horn/SRS 4-6
33 Trunk open control 59
34 Power window controls 38
35 Power mirror controls 54
36 Fuel tank open control 40
37 Central locking button 38
Some of the items above are available on certain models only.

pg. 18 Instruments

1 Fuel gauge

The fuel tank holds approximately 17.9 US gal. (68 liters). When the warning light comes on there is approximately 1.8 US gal. (8 liters) of fuel remaining. See "Refueling" for further information.

2 Temperature gauge

Do not drive the car with the pointer in the red range. The pointer should be approximately midway on the gauge face when driving. If the pointer approaches the red range repeatedly, check coolant level.

3 Speedometer

4 Clock, ambient temperature sensor, trip computer (certain models)

5 Odometer

6 Trip odometer

NOTE: Digital displays showing Clock, Trip Odometer and Odometer will go off 30 minutes after the ignition has been switched off. To view these displays again, turn the ignition key to position I.

7 Trip odometer reset button

Used for measuring shorter distances. The last digit indicates 1/10 mile/km.

8 Tachometer

Reads thousands of engine rpm. Do not drive for long with the needle in the red section. The engines has an inbuilt function preventing too high a rotation speed. When this funktion operates, you may discern some pulsation, which in that case is quite normal.

pg. 19 Indicator and warning lights

1 Turn signal, left

2 Turn signal, right

3 Cruise control (C70 Coupe) - Roll Over Protection system - ROPS (C70 Convertible)

4 Low washer fluid level

If the lamp glows continuously when the engine is running, there is only about 1/2 - 1 US qt. remaining in the washer fluid reservoir.

5 Low fuel level

When the lamp glows, only about 1.8 US gals. (8 liters) of fuel remain. If the ignition is switched on while refuelling, the gauge may read inaccurately for up to 25 minutes.

6 Rear fog light

7 High beams

8 Trunk open

9 Bulb failure warning sensor

10 (Not in use)

11 Electronic Throttle System (ETS)

12 SRS indicator lamp

13 Generator not charging

14 Low engine oil pressure

15 Brake warning light

16 Parking brake applied

17 ABS-system

18 Transmission mode - Indicates "W",if winter/wet driving mode is active, or indicated currently selected low gear.

19 Low coolant level

20 Stability and Traction Control (STC) System (option)

21 Malfunction indicator lamp

(See page 20 for more information)

22 Service reminder indicator

pg. 20 Warning lights

The warning lights described on pages 20 and 21 should never stay on when driving

When the ignition key is turned on and before the engine starts, all of the warning lights should go on to test the function of the bulbs. Should a light not go off after the engine has started, the system indicated should be inspected. However, the parking brake reminder light will not go off until the parking brake has been fully released.

Malfunction indicator lamp

On-Board Diagnostic II (OBDII): As you drive, a computer called "OBDII" monitors your car's engine, transmission, electrical and emission systems. The CHECK ENGINE light will light up if the computer senses a condition that potentially may need correcting. When this happens, please have your car checked by a Volvo retailer as soon as possible.

A CHECK ENGINE light may have many causes. Sometimes, you may not notice a change in your car's behavior. Even so, an uncorrected condition could hurt fuel economy, emission cleanliness, and driveability. Extended driving without correcting the cause could even damage other components in your car.

Canadian models are equipped with this warning light:
NOTE: If the fuel filler cap is not closed tightly or if the engine is running when the car is refueled, the Malfunction Indicator Lamp may indicate a fault. However, your vehicle's performance will not be affected. Use only Volvo original or approved fuel filler caps.

Oil pressure warning light

If the light comes on while driving, stop the car and then stop the engine immediately and check the engine oil level. See page 120. If the light stays on after restart, have the car towed to the nearest authorized Volvo retailer. After hard driving, the light may come on occasionally when the engine is idling. This is normal, provided it goes off when the engine speed is increased.

Roll Over Protection System (ROPS)
If the warning lamp remains on after the engine has started or comes on while you are driving, the ROPS self-diagnostic system has detected a fault. The car should be driven to an authorized Volvo retailer as soon as possible for inspection.
Please refer to page 10 for more information on the ROPS system.

Brake failure warning light

If the light comes on while driving or braking, stop immediately, open the hood and check the brake fluid level in the reservoir. See page 125 for reservoir position.
Canadian models are equipped with this warning light:

If the fluid level is below the MIN mark in either section of the reservoir: DO NOT DRIVE. Tow the car to a Volvo retailer and have the brake system checked and any leakage repaired.

Parking brake reminder light
This light will be on when the parking brake (hand brake) is applied. The parking brake lever is situated between the front seats.

Canadian models are equipped with this warning light:

pg. 21 Warning lights

STC disengaged (option)
The indicator light () in the instrument panel will be ON when you have switched the Stability and Traction Control system (STC) OFF using the button on the dashboard (see page 25). The light will also come on if there is a fault in the STC system or to indicate that the brakes have overheated. The light will go out when the brake temperature returns to normal. Consult your Volvo retailer.
The symbol will flash when STC is actively regulating power to the drive wheels. Normal power may be reduced at this time. This is normal as power is momentarily reduced to help keep the drive wheels from losing traction and spinning.

Anti-lock Brake system (ABS)
If the warning lamp lights up there is a malfunction of the ABS system (the standard braking system will however function). The vehicle should be driven to a Volvo retailer for inspection.
See page 78 for additional information.
Canadian models are equipped with this warning light:

Crusie Control - C70 Coupe only
This light will be on when cruise control is engaged. Cruise control will automatically disengage when the ignition is switched off.

Coolant level sensor
If this light comes on while driving, the coolant level is low. The coolant level in the expansion tank should be checked immediately and topped up if necessary. The cooling system should be inspected by an authorized Volvo retailer.

Mode "W" engaged
The lamp will light up when the Winter/Wet starting mode is engaged or if gears "4, 3" or "L" are selected.
If the warning lamp begins to flash, this means that there is a fault in the automatic gearbox. Contact Your Volvo retailer.

Supplemental Restraint System (SRS)
If the light comes on (or stays on after the vehicle has started), the SRS diagnostic system has detected a fault. Drive to an authorized Volvo retailer for an inspection of the system. See the SRS section for more information.

Generator warning light
If the light comes on while the engine is running, have the charging system checked.

Service reminder indicator
This light will come on at 7,500 mile (12,000 km) intervals, after 750 hours of driving or after 12 months, whichever occurs first. It is a reminder to the driver that the service interval has been exceeded. The light will stay on for 2 minutes after start until reset by the servicing retailer.

Bulb failure warning light
The light will come on if any of the following bulbs are defective:

  • one of the low beam headlights
  • one of the tail lights
  • one of the brake lights when the brake pedal is depressed.
    Check the fuse and bulb. See sections "Replacing bulbs" and "fuses.
    Should the warning light come on after a defective outside bulb has been replaced, the corresponding bulb on the other side of the car should also be replaced.

    Fault in ETC (Electronic Throttle Control system)
    If this lamp comes on, there is a fault in the engine control system and driveability will be affected. Switch the ignition off and then on again. If the light remains on, the system should be inspected by an authorized Volvo retailer.

    pg. 22 Headlights, Parking lights, Turn signals

    Headlights and parking lights

    All lights off *

    Parking lights on *

    Headlights and parking lights are on if starting (ignition ) switch is in positions I or II.

    If the headlight switch is in the position all lights will go out when the starting switch is switched off.

    With the headlight switch in position the parking lights will stay on (headlights off) with the daytime running light screw (A) in position .

    The high beams can only be switched on if the headlight switch is in position .

    Switch from high to low beams and vice versa by moving the turn signal switch lever on the left side of steering column towards the steering wheel.

    * See page 26 for information on Daytime running lights.

    Exterior courtesy lights

    When you leave your car at night, you can make use of the exterior courtesy lighting function:

    · Remove the key from the ignition switch.

    · Pull the direction indicator lever towards the steering wheel (as when using the headlight flasher function).

    The low beam headlights will now remain on for 30 seconds to light your way.

    Turn signals

    1 Lane change position. In maneuvers such as lane changing, the driver can flash the turn signals by moving the turn signal lever to the first stop and holding it there. The lever will return to the neutral position when released.

    2 Signal lever engaged for normal turns.

    3 High beam/low beam switch (headlights on).
    Move the lever towards the steering wheel and release it.

    Headlight flasher (headlights off).

    Move the lever towards the steering wheel. The headlight high beam will be on until the lever is released.

    NOTE: A defective turn signal bulb will cause the turn signal indicator and remaining signal lights to flash more rapidly than normal.

    pg. 23 Windshield wipers/washers, Ignition switch

    Windshield wipers/washers

    1 Intermittent wiper

    With the switch in this position, the wipers will sweep approximately every seventh second.

    2 "Single sweep" position:

    The switch returns automatically when released.

    3 Wipers, normal speed

    4 Wipers, high speed

    5 Windshield wiper/washer, headlight wiper/washer
    The wipers will make 23 sweeps across the windshield and headlights (certain models) after the lever is released.

    O Locked position: Remove the key to lock the steering wheel*

    Never turn the key to position O while driving or when the car is being towed.

    I Intermediate position: Certain accessories, radio, etc. on, daytime running lights off.

    II Drive position: Key position when engine is running.

    III Starting position: Release the key when the engine starts. The key returns automatically to the Drive position.

    * On cars equipped with an automatic transmission the gear selector must also be in the (P)ark position.

    Starting (ignition) switch/steering wheel lock

    If you find it difficult to insert the key in the ignition or to move the steering wheel, the steering wheel lock might be under tension. Turn the wheel back and forth slightly to free the ignition key.

    In order to reduce car theft, make sure the steering wheel lock is engaged before leaving the car.

    A chime will sound if the starting key is left in the ignition lock and the front door on the driver's side is opened.

    pg. 24 Instrument illumination, Fog lights

    1 - Instrument illumination

    To increase the brightness: move the thumbwheel up.

    To decrease the brightness: move the thumbwheel down.

    2 - Rear fog light *

    The rear fog light (located in the driver's side tail light cluster) is considerably brighter than the normal tail lights and should be used only when the atmospheric conditions, such as fog, rain, snow, smoke or dust reduce the daytime or nighttime visibility of other vehicles to less than 500 ft (150 meters).

    For the rear fog light to function, the low beam headlights must be switched on.

    * By design, there is one rear fog light only, located in the driver's side tail light cluster.

    3 - Front fog lights

    The front fog lights, located in the front spoiler, will only function in combination with the low beam headlights.

    4 - Space for optional equipment

    5 - Space for optional equipment

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