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Chapter 2 - Instruments, switches and controls

pg. 25 Instruments, switches and controls


Interior 26
Exterior 27
Instruments 28
Instrument panel 29
Indicator and warning lights 30
Text information window 32
Switches in the center console 33
Trip computer 34
Cruise control 35
Light switch panel 37
Steering wheel adjustment/lock 38
Ignition switch, Turn signals 39
Windshield wipers/washers, 40
Tailgate wipers/washers, Water repellent glass 41
Warning flashers, heated mirrors/rear window, heated front seats 42
Parking brake, auxiliary socket/ashtrays 43
Electrically operated windows 44
Rearview/sideview mirrors 45
Power moonroof 46

pg. 26 Interior




pg. 27 Exterior





pg. 28 Instruments





pg. 29 Instrument panel



1 Turn signals

2 Text window

3 Temperature gauge
The pointer should be approximately midway on the gauge when driving.

Do not drive the car if the warning light is on. The text window will provide you with additional information.

If the engine temperature remains high, check coolant level - see page 148.

4 Trip odometer/reset button
The trip odometer is used for measuring shorter distances. The last digit indicates 1/10 mile/kilometer. Press the button quickly to toggle between trip odometers 1 and 2. Hold in the button for more than 2 seconds to reset.

5 Odometer

6 Speedometer

7 General warning light (see page 30).

8 High beam indicator light

9 Tachometer
Indicates engine speed in thousands of rpm. Do not drive for long with the needle in the red section. The engine has an built-in function preventing too high engine speed. When this function operates, you may discern some pulsation, which is normal.

10 Gear and driving mode indicator
The currently selected driving mode is displayed here. If you use the Geartronic function on the automatic transmission, the currently selected gear will be displayed.

11 Ambient temperature indicator
This display indicates the air temperature outside your car. A "snowflake" symbol in the text window is displayed when the temperature is in the range of 23 - 36° F (-5 - +2° C).

Please note that this symbol does not indicate a fault with your car.

At low speeds or when the car is not moving, the temperature readings may be slightly higher than the actual ambient temperature.

12 Clock/reset button
Turn the button to adjust the clock.

13 Fuel gauge
The fuel tank holds approximately:
Front wheel drive, non-turbo models - 18.5 US gal. (70 liters)
All turbo models - 18 US gal. (68 liters)

When the warning light comes on there are approximately 1.8 US gal. (8 liters) of fuel remaining.

14 Indicator and warning lights

pg. 30 Indicator and warning lights

The indicator and warning lights described on pages 30 and 31 should never stay on when driving*

When the ignition key is turned, all of the warning lights in the lower right-hand side of the instrument panel should go on to test the function of the bulbs. If a light does not go off after the engine has started, the system indicated should be inspected.

NOTE: The parking brake reminder light will not go off until the parking brake has been fully released.

Warning lamp in the center of the instrument panel
This lamp lights up red or yellow depending on the severity of the fault that has been detected.

Yellow light: Follow the instructions shown in the text window.

Red light: Stop the car as soon as possible in a suitable location and read the message shown in the text window.

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.

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 154 for the location of the reservoir.

Canadian models are equipped with this warning light:

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. R-models are also equipped with an oil level warning system. See page 153. 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.

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:

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

* Rear fog light, if used, and trailer turn signal, if towing a trailer, will go on while driving.

pg. 31 Indicator and warning lights

Rear fog light
This light indicates that the rear fog light is on.

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.

Anti-lock Brake System ABS
If the warning light comes on, there is a malfunction of the ABS system (the standard braking system will still function). The vehicle should be driven to a Volvo retailer for inspection. See page 21 for additional information.

Stability Traction Control (STC) system (option), or Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) system (option)
An indicator light will flash when STC or DSTC is actively working to stabilize the car. See pages 22-23 for more detailed information.

Turn signal indicator - trailer (certain models)
If you are towing a trailer, this light will flash simultaneously with the turn signals on the trailer. If the light does not flash when signaling, neither the trailer's turn signals nor the car's turn signals are functioning.

Seat belt reminder
This symbol lights up to indicate that the driver has not fastened his/her seat belt.

Tire pressure warning light
See page 118 for more information on this function.

pg. 32 Text information window

Messages in the text window
When a warning light in the instrument panel comes on, a message is also displayed in the text window. After you have read the message, you can erase it by pressing button A (see illustration above).

NOTE: Certain messages cannot be erased until the condition has been corrected.

Warning messages override text messages from any car feature that also uses the text window. A warning message must be acknowledged (erased) before you can access the feature of your choice. Press button A to erase the warning message.

Erased messages are stored in the system's memory until the required action has been taken. You can scroll through the stored messages by pressing button A. The text window can be cleared (the message will be returned to memory) by pressing button A again.

General messages

STOP SAFELY: Stop and switch off the engine - to help prevent serious risk of damage.

STOP ENGINE: Stop and switch off the engine - to help prevent serious risk of damage.

SERVICE URGENT: Take your car to an authorized Volvo retailer for inspection as soon as possible.

SEE MANUAL: Refer to your owner's manual. For additional information, please contact your Volvo retailer.

SERVICE REQUIRED: Take your car to an authorized Volvo retailer for inspection at your convenience (but preferably before the next scheduled maintenance service).

FIX NEXT SERVICE: Have the system affected inspected at the next scheduled maintenance service.

TIME FOR REGULAR SERVICE: 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, to remind 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.

1) OIL LEVEL LOW/FILL OIL* Check the oil level and top up if necessary. See page 151, 153.

2) OIL LEVEL LOW/STOP SAFELY* Stop as soon as possible and switch off the engine, check the oil level and top up if necessary. See page 151, 153.

2) OIL LEVEL LOW/STOP ENGINE* Stop as soon as possible and switch off the engine, check the oil level and top up if necessary. See page 151, 153.

2) OIL LEVEL LOW/SEE MANUAL* Stop as soon as possible and switch off the engine, check the oil level and top up if necessary. See page 151, 153.

* These messages apply to R-models only.

1) Orange warning triangle, see page 30.

2) Red warning triangle, see page 30.

pg. 33 Switches in the center console


The positions of these buttons may vary, depending on the specifications of your car

Stability Traction Control (STC)*/ Dynamic Stability Traction Control (DSTC)**

Press this switch to turn the Spin Control (SC) function of the STC/DSTC system on or off. To help reduce the risk that the SC function is turned off inadvertently, the switch must be held in for at least half a second to disable this function.
See pages 22-23 for more information. R-models only:

The Active Yaw Control function can also be deactivated. See page 22 for more information.

WARNING!
Please be aware that the car's handling characteristics may be affected if the Spin Control/Active Yaw Control functions are switched off.

Disconnecting the alarm
This button is used to temporarily disconnect alarm sensors. See page 85 for further information

Auxiliary socket
This 12 volt socket can be used to plug in certain accessories. The ignition key must be in position 1 (or higher) for the auxiliary socket to function. See also page 43 for more information.

Front/rear park assist (option/accessory)
See page 100 for more information on this function.

Four-C active chassis system: R models only
Please see page 99 for information on adjusting the active chassis settings.

Power child locks (option)
See page 86 for more information on this function.

* Standard on all models except the T5 turbo.
** Standard on the T5 turbo/R-models, optional on all other models.

pg. 34 Trip computer (option)

Trip computer
The trip computer stores information gathered from several systems in your car and has four menus that can be displayed in the text window.

  • Driving distance on current fuel reserve
  • Average fuel consumption
  • Current fuel consumption
  • Average speed
  • Current speed in mph (Canadian models only)

    NOTE: Warning messages from the car's monitoring systems will override the trip computer function. If a warning message is displayed in the text window while you are using the trip computer, you must acknowledge the message by pressing button A. Press button A again to return to the trip computer function.

    Trip computer controls and functions
    The four* trip computer functions can be accessed by twisting control B one step at a time in either direction. Twisting the control a fifth time** returns you to the original function.
    The trip computer can be reset (current data will be erased from system memory) by pressing RESET (button C).

    1. Driving distance on current fuel reserve
    This function shows the approximate distance that can be driven on the fuel remaining in the tank. This calculation is based on average fuel consumption during the last 12 miles (20 km) of driving and the amount of fuel remaining in the tank when the reading was taken. When the driving distance on current fuel reserve is less than 12 miles (20 km), "----" will be displayed in the text window.

    2. Average fuel consumption
    This value indicates fuel consumption since the last time the trip computer was reset (by pressing RESET, button C). When the engine is switched off, information on fuel consumption is stored and remains in system memory until the RESET (button C) is pressed again.

    3. Current fuel consumption
    This value indicates the current fuel consumption, based on readings taken once per second. When the car is not moving, "----" will be displayed.

    4. Average speed
    This value indicates average speed since the last time the trip computer was reset (by pressing RESET, button C). When the engine is switched off, information on average speed is stored and remains in system memory until the RESET (button C) is pressed again.

    5. Current speed in miles per hour (Canadian models only)
    This function provides the driver with an instantaneous conversion of the car's current speed from km/h to mph.

    NOTE: Trip computer readings may vary slightly depending on the circumference of the tires on the car.

    *Five functions on Canadian models
    **A sixth time on Canadian models



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