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Volvo S80 - Owner's Manual



While following the instructions provided in your S80's owners manual and in this video will help minimize the risk of injury. The best way to avoid injury is to never get under your vehicle while it is jacked up. Remember also, that even if your car is jacked up properly, another car could hit it and knock it over; therefore, be sure to give careful consideration to your environment before raising your car.




Volvo S80 - Owner's Manual



Checking the brake fluid in your 2002 Volvo S80 is easy and should be done once a month. On some Volvos, the owners manual suggests pumping the brake pedal 25 times before looking at the fluid level, be sure to check your owners manual to see if this applies to your 2002 S80. In addition to checking the brake fluid level, you want to look at the color of the brake fluid in your S80 - if it is dark in color or it has been more than 2 years since you have changed it, you should consider having it changed - this will help make the internal components (which are expensive) last much longer.If you need to add fluid to your S80, it is important to check your owners manual for the correct type to add - it likely be either DOT 3, DOT 4 or DOT 5, also known as silicone brake fluid. Be sure to discard bottles of brake fluid that are over a year old - brake fluid sucks the moisture out of the air and the water vapor in the fluid can quickly rust out the brake lines in your S80.


Replacing the battery in your S80 involves removing the terminals. When you reconnect the terminals, your radio presets are likely to be cleared out. In some S80s, you may need to re-enter a security code to get your radio to work again. Check for this code in your owners manual - it will usually be either a sticker or small card in the booklet. If you can't find it, call Volvo and they will give you the code for free. In many Volvos, the transmission "learns" how you drive over time and makes adjustments, so you may experience altered driving dynamics as your car re-learns your driving style after changing the battery.


Rotating the tires every 6,000 miles will improve your tire life by up to 20% and is fairly easy to do yourself. The video above shows you how to rotate the tires on your 2002 Volvo S80 without requiring any special tools. When you rotate the tires on your S80, check for unusual wear on the treads. If one side of the tire is more worn than the other, then you should have your wheels aligned by a professional. If the center of the tire has more wear, check your tire pressure as your tires are likely over-inflated. If both edges of your tires have more wear, your tires are likely underinflated.While following the instructions provided in your S80's owners manual and in this video will help minimize the risk of injury. The best way to avoid injury is to never get under your vehicle while it is jacked up.


Checking the brake fluid in your 2010 Volvo S80 is easy and should be done once a month. On some Volvos, the owners manual suggests pumping the brake pedal 25 times before looking at the fluid level, be sure to check your owners manual to see if this applies to your 2010 S80. In addition to checking the brake fluid level, you want to look at the color of the brake fluid in your S80 - if it is dark in color or it has been more than 2 years since you have changed it, you should consider having it changed - this will help make the internal components (which are expensive) last much longer.If you need to add fluid to your S80, it is important to check your owners manual for the correct type to add - it likely be either DOT 3, DOT 4 or DOT 5, also known as silicone brake fluid. Be sure to discard bottles of brake fluid that are over a year old - brake fluid sucks the moisture out of the air and the water vapor in the fluid can quickly rust out the brake lines in your S80.


Use the owner's manual to find the S80 jacking points and this video to see additional jacking tips to help minimize the risk of injury. The best way to avoid injury is to never get under your vehicle while it is jacked up, especially if you don't have jack stands positioned in the jack stand points on your S80. Remember also, that even if your car is jacked up properly, another car could hit it and knock it over; therefore, be sure to give careful consideration to your environment before raising your car.


Rotating the tires every 6,000 miles will improve your tire life by up to 20% and is fairly easy to do yourself. The video above shows you how to rotate the tires on your 2010 Volvo S80 without requiring any special tools. When you rotate the tires on your S80, check for unusual wear on the treads. If one side of the tire is more worn than the other, then you should have your wheels aligned by a professional. If the center of the tire has more wear, check your tire pressure as your tires are likely over-inflated. If both edges of your tires have more wear, your tires are likely underinflated.While following the instructions provided in your S80's owners manual and in this video will help minimize the risk of injury. The best way to avoid injury is to never get under your vehicle while it is jacked up.


Adding engine coolant (also known as antifreeze) to your 2010 Volvo S80 is pretty easy. Engine coolant circulates through your engine to keep it cool in the summer but won't freeze in the winter. Make sure to check your engine when it is cold for an accurate reading. The video above shows you where the coolant reservoir in your S80 is located and how to add coolant. Be sure to check your owners manual to determine the correct type of fluid to add - for Volvos, it will typically be in a section titled Fluid Capacities in the back of your manual. Mix the coolant with distilled water so that you have a combination of 50% coolant and 50% water. Some coolants will come premixed-that is, you don't need to add any water. These coolants will typically say 50/50 or pre-mixed on the front of the coolant bottle.Removing the coolant reservoir cap on a warm engine could cause the cap to fly off at a high rate of speed and fluid to spray out of the reservoir. Always wear safety goggles when working on your S80. Promptly wipe up any spilled fluid as it is highly toxic. Animals love its sweet taste, so even a spilling a small amount on your garage floor can end up in the dog's stomach pretty quickly. If you notice an oily surface in your coolant, immediately have your mechanic inspect your S80 for head gasket leakage


The video above shows how to fix minor transmission fluid leaks in a 2002 Volvo S80. Your S80 should be running when you check your transmission fluid level, otherwise the fluid level on the dipstick will not be accurate. If your S80 hesitates when shifting gears or seems sluggish shifting from one gear to the next (1st to 2nd gear, 2nd to 3rd gear, 3rd to 4th gear, etc.) check your transmission fluid level first. Unscrupulous mechanics will often suggest a more expensive repair, such as a rebuild, when adding some transmission fluid will fix your S80. If, after adding transmission fluid, you notice that your fluid level is low again, follow the steps highlighted in the video above to fix the transmission fluid leaks in your S80.In Volvo's quest for more performance and better fuel economy, Volvo has been coming out with innovative transmissions on a regular basis. Therefore it is important to use the exact type of transmission fluid stipulated by your S80's owner's manual. Many vehicles with manual transmissions do not have a dipstick and their fluid level should be checked by an automotive technician as the car will likely need to be hoisted on a lift.


Some vehicles are equipped with a fuel door that latches automatically when closed and opens with either an electric actuator and switch or a manual (cable-operated) release. The fuel door locks when it is pressed shut and it is opened by means of a button or lever inside the passenger compartment. Other vehicles may feature a manual lock on the fuel door that requires a key to open.


RepairPal recommends having a faulty fuel door lock diagnosed and repaired as soon as symptoms begin to prevent a lockout situation at an inconvenient or urgent time. Many vehicles that have locking fuel doors also have some form of manual release inside the trunk, but the release can be inconvenient to access, especially at a gas station.


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