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S40 & V40

Chapter 2 - Instruments, switches and controls

pg. 17 Instruments, switches and controls

Instruments, switches and controls

Instruments, switches, controls etc. are described on the following pages.
Instruments 18
Indicator and warning lights 21
Headlights, Parking lights, Instrument illumination, Fog lights 24
Turn signals, home Safe lighting, Wipers/washers 25
Ignition switch/steering wheel locks, Flashers, Heated rear window/mirrors 26
Trip Computer 27
Dynamic Stability Assistance 30
Cruise control 31
Heated seats, Parking brake 32
Auxiliary socket, Cupholder 33
Steering wheel adjustment 34
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning 35
Electrcaly operated windows 38

pg. 18 Instruments, switches and controls

pg. 19 Instruments, switches and controls

Chapter 2 - 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 Adjustable door mirrors 50
2 Air vents 35
3 Headlight switch 24
4 Front foglight switch 24
5 Instrument lighting 24
6 Rear foglight switch 24
7 Turn signals, high/low beams, Home Safe Lighting, cruise control 31
8 Instruments, indicator and warning lights 20-21
9 Horn
10 Windshield wash/wipe, headlight wash/wipe 25
11 Blower control 36
12 Air distribution control 36
13 Hazard warning flashers 26
14 Passenger compartment temperature sensor 36
15 Temperature control 36
16 Glove compartment 45
17 Passenger airbag 4
18 Sunlight sensor for electronic climate control and LED for immobilizer and alarm 37,44
19 Fuse box 96/97
20 Hood latch 53
21 Steering wheel height adjustment 34
22 12-volt electrical outlet 33
23 AC on and off 36
24 Trip Computer 27
25 Coin holder 33
26 Recirculation 36/37
27 Cup holder 33
28 Defroster 26
29 not in use -
30 Dynamic Stability Assistance (DSA) 30
31 Controls for heated front seats 32
32 Switch for selecting door mirror left and right 50
33 Switch for setting door mirrors 50
34 Door lock switch 42
35 Window left and right front 38
36 Window left and right rear 38
37 Cut-out switch windows rear 38

Controls in center console
Some of the items listed on this page are available on certain models only.

pg. 20 Instruments

1 Clock reset knob
Turn the knob:
Clockwise: advance
Counterclockwise: set clock back The longer the knob is turned, the faster the setting will change.

2 Clock

3 Tachometer
Reads thousands of engine rpm. The needle should never be in the solid red range.

4 Trip odometer reset button
Press the button to reset the trip odometer. The ignition must be switched on.

5 Odometer

6 Speedometer

7 Trip odometer
Used for measuring shorter distances. The last digit indicates 1/10 mile/kilometer.

8 Fuel gauge
Fuel tank capacity: 16 US gallons (60 liters).
When the warning light comes on there is approximately 1.9 US gal. (7 liters) of fuel remaining. See "Refueling" for additional information. When refueling the fuel gauge needle will not register until the volume of gasoline in the tank exceeds 3.2 US gal. (12 liters).

9 Trip Computer/Ambient temperature

NOTE: See page 27- 29 for information on the trip computer.

10 Temperature gauge (engine coolant)
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. See page 117.

pg. 21 Indicator and warning lights

1 Turn signal, left
2 Turn signal, right
3 Fuel level low
4 Front fog lights on
5 Rear fog lights on
6 Rear fog lamp on
7 Cruise control
8 High beams on
9 ABS (anti-lock brakes) malfunction
10 Door open
11 Parking brake applied
12 Low oil pressure
13 Hazard warning light on
14 Fault in SRS system
15 Brake circuit not working (brake fluid level too low) and EBD
16 Battery charge failure
17 DSA (option)
18 Automatic transmission: position W, 4 or 3 or L
19 Check engine light
20 Immobilizer on
21 Service Reminder Indicator
22 Low washer fluid level
23 Turn indicator trailer (certain models)

Starting check
After a few seconds, all lights except 9 and 20 will go out. Once the engine starts, 9 and 20 will also go out.

* Indicates failure of a brake light, not failure of the braking system (see item 15).

pg. 22 Warning lights

The warning lights described on pages 22 and 23 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.

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.

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 114. 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:

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

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 116 for reservoir position.

If the control lamp still stays on, the EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) is not working.

Drive to your Volvo dealer. See ABS control lamp and also page 73.

Canadian models are equipped with this warning light:

Bulb failure warning light

The light will come on if one of the brake light bulbs are defective when the brake pedal is pressed.

Check the fuse and bulb. See sections "Replacing bulbs" and "fuses".

pg. 23 Warning lights, Daytime Running Lights

DSA (option)

Dynamic Stability Assistance
This is a system which helps keep the drivewheels from spinning. The light flashes if the road surface is slippery, the wheels are spinning and the system is working.

The control light comes on if a fault occurs in the DSA system. It also comes on if the system is switched off via the switch.

For more information see page 30.

Service Reminder Light

This light will come on according to preset service intervals or 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.

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 73 for additional information.

Malfunction Indicator Lamp
On-Board Diagnostics 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 Check Engine Lamp may indicate a fault. However, your vehicle's performance will not be affected. Use only Volvo original or approved fuel filler caps.

Daytime Running Lights:

The S40 and V40 come from the factory with daytime running lights activated. Carry out the following steps if you will deactivate them(in the U.S. only *). These steps may be carried out again to reactivate and deactivate the daytime running lights as desired.

Programming for On or OFF

Turn the headlight switch to position .

Turn the ignition key in position II.

Pull the turn signal lever towards you and hold it while turning the headlight switch to position 0.


Do not activate or deactivate the daytime running lights while driving. Laws in your area may mandate the use of daytime running lights. Check your local laws before deactivating daytime running lights.

* The use of daytime running lights is mandatory in Canada.

pg. 24 Headlights, Parking lights, Instrument illumination, Fog lights

A Headlights and parking lights
0 Switch position
Ignition key in positions 0+I: All lights switched off
Ignition key in position II:
Low beam headlights on (+ front and rear parking lights, license plate light and instrument lighting).
Switch position
Parking lights front and rear.
Ignition key in positions 0, I and II
Parking lights should only be used when the car is parked, never when the car is being driven.
It also switches on the position lights in bumpers, and license plate light (and the instrument lights in position II).
Switch position
Ignition key in positions 0 and I: All lights off.
Ignition key in position II: Headlights on (+ parking lights front and rear, license plate light, position lights in the bumpers and instrument lights).

Note: You have to turn the light switch to this position in order to switch on high beams.

B Instrument lighting dimmer
Instrument lighting can be dimmed to 6% of maximum lighting.

C 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).

- Rear fog light: press - headlights or front fog lights must be activated

D Front Fog lights

Ignition key must always be in position II.

Headlight or parking lights must be activated

- Front fog lights (option): press

Switching fog lights off

To switch the fog lights off, press the appropriate fog light switch again.

If headlights or parking lights are switched off, the fog lights will also go out. The fog lights are also switched off when the ignition is switched off and must be switched back on manually if required when the ignition is switched on again.

The front fog lights switch off automatically when the high beams are switched on.

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

pg. 25 Turn signals, Home Safe lighting, Wipers/washers

Turn signals


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.

4 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.

Home Safe lighting

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 turn signal 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.

Repeat the above measures if you want to switch off the Home Safe Lighting.


1 "Single sweep" position:

The switch returns automatically when released.

2 Intermittent wiper

The wipers will sweep approximately every 5 seconds (car speed depending).

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 and 1 additional sweep after 3 seconds.

6 Tailgate window wiper (V40)

The tailgate wiper switch has three positions:

: Intermittent

O : Off

: Continuous

Tip function

When pressing switch 7 briefly the wiper will make one sweep, independent of the interval

Backing up

When the vehicle is put into reverse with the windshield wipers on and tailgate wiper off, the rear window wiper will come on for two sweeps.

7 Tailgate window washer (V40)

The washer keeps working for as long as you keep the button depressed.

The wiper will make 2-3 sweeps after the lever is released and 1 sweep after 3 seconds.

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