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Vehicle care

Washing the car

The following points should be kept in mind when washing and cleaning the car:

  • The car should be washed at regular intervals since dirt, dust, insects and tar spots adhere to the paint and may cause damage. To help prevent corrosion, it is particularly important to wash the car frequently in the wintertime.
  • Avoid washing your car in direct sunlight. Doing so may cause detergents and wax to dry out and become abrasive. To avoid scratching, use lukewarm water to soften the dirt before you wash with a soft sponge, and plenty of sudsy water.
  • Bird droppings: Remove from paintwork as soon as possible. Otherwise the finish may be permanently damaged.
  • A detergent can be used to facilitate the softening of dirt and oil.
  • A water-soluble grease solvent may be used in cases of sticky dirt. However, use a wash place equipped with a drainage separator.
  • Dry the car with a clean chamois and remember to clean the drain holes in the doors and rocker panels.
  • Tar spots can be removed with kerosene or tar remover after the car has been washed.
  • A stiff-bristle brush and lukewarm soapy water can be used to clean the wiper blades. Frequent cleaning improves visibility considerably.
  • Wash off the dirt from the underside (wheel housings, fenders, etc).
  • In areas of high industrial fallout, more frequent washing is recommended.
  • After cleaning the engine, the spark plug wells should be inspected for water and blown dry if necessary.

    note NOTE
    When washing the car, remember to remove dirt from the drain holes in the doors and sills.

  • During high pressure washing, the spray mouthpiece must never be closer to the vehicle than 13" (30 cm). Do not spray into the locks.
  • When washing or steam cleaning the engine, avoid spraying water or steam directly on the electrical components or toward the rear side of the engine. Special moonroof cautions:
  • Always close the moonroof and sun shade before washing your vehicle.
  • Never use abrasive cleaning agents on the moonroof.
  • Never use wax on the rubber seals around the moonroof.
  • Exterior plastic components
    Cleaning exterior plastic components should be done with a cleaning agent specially designed for this purpose. Solvents or stain removers should not be used. Consult your Volvo retailer.

    Automatic car wash

  • We do NOT recommend washing your car in an automatic wash during the first six months (because the paint will not have hardened sufficiently).
  • An automatic wash is a simple and quick way to clean your car, but it is worth

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    remembering that it may not be as thorough as when you yourself go over the car with sponge and water. Keeping the underbody clean is most important, especially in the winter. Some automatic washers do not have facilities for washing the underbody.

  • Before driving into an automatic car wash, turn off the optional rain sensor to avoid damaging the windshield wipers.
  • Make sure that side view mirrors, auxiliary lamps, etc, are secure, and that any antenna(s) are retracted or removed. Otherwise there is risk of the machine dislodging them.
  • Chromed wheels: Clean chrome-plated wheels using the same detergents used for the body of the vehicle. Aggressive wheel-cleaning agents can permanently stain chrome-plated wheels.
  • warning WARNING
  • When the vehicle is driven immediately after being washed, apply the brakes several times in order to remove any moisture from the brake linings.
  • Engine cleaning agents should not be used when the engine is warm. This constitutes a fire risk.
  • Exterior lighting
    Condensation may form temporarily on the inside of the lenses of exterior lights such as headlights, fog lights, or taillights. This is normal and the lights are designed to withstand moisture. Normally, condensation will dissipate after the lights have been on for a short time.

    Polishing and waxing

  • Normally, polishing is not required during the first year after delivery, however, waxing may be beneficial.
  • Before applying polish or wax the vehicle must be washed and dried. Tar spots can be removed with kerosene or tar remover. Difficult spots may require a fine rubbing compound.
  • After polishing use liquid or paste wax.
  • Several commercially available products contain both polish and wax.
  • Waxing alone does not substitute for polishing a dull surface.
  • A wide range of polymer-based waxes can be purchased today. These waxes are easy to use and produce a long-lasting, high-gloss finish that protects the bodywork against oxidation, road dirt and fading.
  • Do not polish or wax your vehicle in direct sunlight (the surface of the vehicle should not be warmer than 113° F (45° C).

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    Volvo does not recommend the use of long-life or durable paint protection coatings, some of which may claim to prevent pitting, fading, oxidation, etc. These coatings have not been tested by Volvo for compatibility with your vehicle's clear coat. Some of them may cause the clear coat to soften, crack, or cloud. Damage caused by application of paint protection coatings may not be covered under your vehicle's paint warranty.

    Side windows with the water repellent coating (option)

  • Do not apply wax, degreasing agents, etc. to this glass. This could damage the coating.
  • Clean the glass surface with care to avoid scratching.
  • Use only suitable plastic scrapers to remove ice or snow from the windows.

    note NOTE
    The water repellent coating is subject to natural wear.
  • In order to maintain the coating's water repellent characteristics, it should be treated with a special compound that is available at your Volvo retailer.
  • This treatment should be carried out for the first time after three years, and thereafter once a year.
  • Cleaning the interior

    Only use cleaning agents and car care products recommended by Volvo. Clean regularly and follow the instructions included with the car care product.

    Upholstery care

    Clean with soapy water or a detergent. For more difficult spots caused by oil, ice cream, shoe polish, grease, etc., use a clothing/fabric stain remover. Consult your Volvo retailer.

    Alcantera™ suede-like material
    Suede-like upholstery can be cleaned with a soft cloth and mild soap solution.

    Leather care
    Volvo's leather upholstery is manufactured with a protectant to repel soiling. Over time, sunlight, grease and dirt can break down the protection. Staining, cracking, scuffing, and fading can result.

    Volvo offers an easy-to-use, non-greasy leather care kit formulated to clean and beautify your vehicle's leather, and to renew the protective qualities of its finish. The cleaner removes dirt and oil buildup. The light cream protectant restores a barrier against soil and sunlight.

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    Volvo also offers a special leather softener that should be applied after the cleaner and protectant. It leaves leather soft and smooth, and reduces friction between leather and other finishes in the vehicle.

    Volvo recommends cleaning, protecting and conditioning your vehicle's leather two to four times a year. Ask your Volvo retailer about Leather Care Kit 951 0251 and Leather Softener 943 7429.

  • Under no circumstances should gasoline, naphtha or similar cleaning agents be used on the plastic or the leather since these can cause damage.
  • Take extra care when removing stains such as ink or lipstick since the coloring can spread.
  • Use solvents sparingly. Too much solvent can damage the seat padding.
  • Start from the outside of the stain and work toward the center.
  • Sharp objects (e.g. pencils or pens in a pocket) or Velcro fasteners on clothing may damage the textile upholstery.
  • Clothing that is not colorfast, such as new jeans or suede garments, may stain the upholstery.
  • Cleaning the seat belts
    Clean only with lukewarm water and a mild soap solution.

    Cleaning floor mats
    The floor mats should be vacuumed or brushed clean regularly, especially during winter when they should be taken out for drying. Spots on textile mats can be removed with a mild detergent. For best protection in winter, Volvo recommends the use of Volvo rubber floor mats. Consult your Volvo retailer.

    Spots on interior plastic parts and surfaces
    Cleaning interior plastic components should be done with a cleaning agent specially designed for this purpose. Consult your Volvo retailer.

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    Touching up paintwork

    Paint damage requires immediate attention to avoid rusting. Make it a habit to check the finish regularly, for instance washing the vehicle. Touch-up if necessary.

    Paint repairs require special equipment and skill. Contact your Volvo retailer for any extensive damage.

    Minor scratches can be repaired by using Volvo touch-up paint.

    Color code
    Make sure you have the right color. The color code number is stated on the model plate.

    Minor stone chips and scratches

  • Primer - can
  • Paint - touch-up pen
  • Brush
  • Masking tape

    If the stone chip has not gone down to the bare metal and an undamaged color coat remains, you can add paint immediately after removing dirt.

    1 See page 241 for the location of the model plate.

    note NOTE
    When touching up the vehicle, it should be clean and dry. The surface temperature should be above 60° F (15° C).

    Minor scratches on the surface
    If the stone chip has not penetrated down to the metal and an undamaged layer of paint remains, the touch-up paint can be applied as soon as the spot has been cleaned.

    Repairing stone chips

    1. Place a strip of masking tape over the damaged surface. Pull the tape off so that any loose flakes of paint adhere to it.

    2. Thoroughly mix the primer and apply it with a small brush.

    3. When the primer surface is dry, the paint can be applied using a brush. Mix the paint thoroughly; apply several thin paint coats and let dry after each application.

    4. If there is a longer scratch, you may want to protect surrounding paint by masking it off

    5. After a few days, polish the touched-up areas. Use a soft rag and a small amount of polish.

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    Label information

    Location of labels

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    Label information

    List of labels

    Model plate
    Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Codes for color and upholstery, etc.

    Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) specifications (USA) and Ministry of Transport (CMVSS) standards (Canada)
    Your Volvo is designed to meet all applicable safety standards, as evidenced by the certification label on the facing side of the driver's door. For further information regarding these regulations, please consult your Volvo retailer.

    Loads and Tire Pressures
    The appearance of the decal will vary, depending on the market for which the vehicle is intended. See also page 218.

    Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
    The VIN plate is located on the top left surface of the dashboard. The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) should always be quoted in all correspondence concerning your vehicle with the retailer and when ordering parts.

    Vehicle Emission Control Information/Vacuum hose routing
    Your Volvo is designed to meet all applicable emission standards, as evidenced by the certification label on the underside of the hood. For further information regarding these regulations, please consult your Volvo retailer.

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    Engine specifications

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    Engine oil

    Engine oil must meet the minimum ILSAC specification GF-3, API SL, and ACEA A1/B1. Lower quality oils may not offer the same fuel economy, engine performance, or engine protection.

    Volvo recommends oil products.

    Depending on your driving habits, premium or synthetic oils may provide superior fuel economy and engine protection. Consult your Volvo retailer for recommendations on premium or synthetic oils.

    Oil additives must not be used.

    Synthetic oil is not used when the oil is changed at the normal maintenance services. This oil is only used at customer request, at additional charge. Please consult your Volvo retailer.

    Oil viscosity (stable ambient temperatures)
    Operation in hot climates

    When temperatures exceed 86° F (30° C) in your area, Volvo recommends, for the protection of your engine, that you use a heavier weight oil, such as such as SAE 5W-40 or 0W-40. See the viscosity chart.

    Operation in temperate climates
    Incorrect viscosity oil can shorten engine life. Under normal use when temperatures do not exceed 86° F (30° C), SAE 5W-30 will provide good fuel economy and engine protection. See the viscosity chart.

    Extreme engine operation
    Synthetic oils meeting SAE 0W-30 or 0W-40 and complying with oil quality requirements are recommended for driving in areas of sustained temperature extremes (hot or cold), when towing a trailer over long distances, and for prolonged driving in mountainous areas.

    American Petroleum Institute (API) symbol
    The API Service Symbol "donut" is divided into three parts:

  • The upper section describes the oil's performance level.
  • The center identifies the oil's viscosity.
  • The lower section indicates whether the oil has demonstrated energy-conserving properties in a standard test in comparison to a reference oil.

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    Oil volume

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    Other fluids and lubricants

    1Under normal driving conditions the transmission oil does not need changing during its service life. However, it may be necessary under adverse driving conditions.

    2Models without headlight washers

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    Electrical system

    General information
    12 volt system with a voltage-regulated alternator. Single pole system in which the chassis and engine block are used as conductors. The negative terminal is connected to the chassis.

    warning WARNING
    Battery posts, terminals, and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds, chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer and reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.

    If the battery is replaced, replace it with a battery of the same cold start capacity and reserve capacity as the original (see the decal on the battery).

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    Volvo programs

    Volvo On Call Roadside Assistance

    Your new Volvo comes with a four year ON CALL roadside assistance. 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.

    1-800-638-6586 (1-800-63-VOLVO)

    In Canada:


    Technician certification

    In addition to Volvo factory training, Volvo supports certification by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (A.S.E.). Certified technicians have demonstrated a high degree of competence in specific areas. Besides passing exams, each technician must also have worked in the field for two or more years before a certificate is issued. These professional technicians are best able to analyze vehicle problems and perform the necessary maintenance procedures to keep your Volvo at peak operating condition.

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