Checking and filling with engine oil

The oil level is detected with the electronic oil level sensor.
P5-1617-S90/V90 Filler cap
Filler pipe1.

In some cases, oil may need to be topped up between service intervals.

No action with regard to engine oil level needs to be taken until a message is shown in the driver display.


P5-1519 Symbol Oil Level Service Required

If this symbol is shown together with the message Engine oil level Service required, visit a workshop - an authorised Volvo workshop is recommended. The oil level may be too high.


P5-1519 Symbol Oil Level Service Required

If this symbol is shown together with a message about low oil level, such as Engine oil level low Refill 1 litre for example, then only fill the volume specified, e.g. 1 litre (1 quart).


Do not spill oil onto the hot exhaust manifold due to the risk of fire.

See oil level in the centre display

The oil level is visualised using the electronic oil level gauge in the centre display when the car has been started. The oil level should be checked regularly.

Open the Car Status app from the app view in the centre display.
Press Status to show the oil level.
P5-1717-HMI refresh-Oil graphic in centerdisplay
Graphics for oil level in the centre display.


The system cannot directly detect changes when the oil is filled or drained. The car must have been driven approx. 30 km (approx. 20 miles) and have been stationary for 5 minutes with the engine switched off and on level ground before the oil level indication is correct.


If the right conditions for measuring the oil level (time after engine shutdown, the car's inclination, outside temperature, etc.) are not met, then the message No value available will be shown in the centre display. This does not mean that there is something wrong in the car's systems.
  1. 1 Engines with electronic oil level sensor do not have a dipstick.

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