Engine compartment

Engine oil - checking and filling

Updated 1/14/2020

The oil level is checked on certain engine variants with the electronic oil level sensor, on other engine variants with the oil dipstick.

Engine with oil dipstick

Does not apply to the 4-cyl. 2.0 litre or 5-cyl. diesel, which have electronic oil level sensor. However, does apply to the B4204T7 engine.

Dipstick and filler pipe.

Dipstick and filler pipe.

Checking the oil level in a new car is especially important before the first scheduled oil change.

Volvo recommends checking the oil level every 2 500 km. The most accurate measurements are made on a cold engine before starting. The measurement will be inaccurate if taken immediately after the engine is switched off. The dipstick will indicate that the level is too low because the oil has not had time to flow down into the oil sump.

The oil level must be between the MIN and MAX marks.

The oil level must be between the MIN and MAX marks.

Measurement and filling if required

Ensure that the car is level. After switching off the engine it is important to wait 5 minutes to allow the oil time to run back to the sump.

Pull up and wipe the dipstick.

Re-insert the dipstick.

Pull it out and check the level.

If the level is close to MIN then 0.5 litres should be added. If the level is significantly below, then an additional amount is required.

If required, check the level again, do it after driving a short distance. Then repeat steps 1 - 4.

Warning

Never fill above the MAX mark. The level should never be above MAX or below MIN as this could lead to engine damage.

Warning

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

Engine with electronic oil level sensor, 4-cyl. 2.0 l

Does not apply to the B4204T7 engine - see instead the earlier heading "Engine with oil dipstick".

Filler pipe.Engines with electronic oil level sensor do not have a dipstick.

Filler pipe.

Engines with electronic oil level sensor do not have a dipstick.

You do not need to take action with respect to the engine oil level before a message is shown in the display, see the illustration below.

Message and graph in the display. The left-hand display shows the digital combined instrument panel and the right-hand the analogue.

Message and graph in the display. The left-hand display shows the digital combined instrument panel and the right-hand the analogue.

Message
Engine oil level

The oil level is checked using the electronic oil level gauge with the thumbwheel when the engine is switched off, see Menu navigation - combined instrument panel.

Warning

If the message Oil service required is shown, visit a workshop. The oil level may be too high.

Important

If notified of low oil level, only fill with the volume specified, for example, 0.5 litres.

Note

The system cannot directly detect changes when the oil is filled or drained. The car must have been driven approx. 30 km and have been stationary for 2 hours with the engine switched off and on level ground before oil level indication is correct.

Warning

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

Measuring the oil level, 4-cyl. 2.0 l

          

If the oil level needs to be checked then it should be carried out in accordance with the sequence below.

Activate key position II; see Key positions - functions at different levels.

Rotate the thumbwheel on the left-hand stalk switch to position Oil level.

You will then see information displayed about the engine oil level.

For more information on menu navigation, see Menu navigation - combined instrument panel.

Note

If the right conditions for measuring the oil level are not met (time after engine shutdown, the car's inclination, outside temperature, etc.) then the message Not available will be shown. This does not mean that there is something wrong in the car's systems.

Engine with electronic oil level sensor, 5-cyl. diesel

Filler pipe.Engines with electronic oil level sensor do not have a dipstick.

Filler pipe.

Engines with electronic oil level sensor do not have a dipstick.

You do not need to take action with respect to the engine oil level before a message is shown in the display, see the illustration below.

Message and graph in the display. The left-hand display shows the digital combined instrument panel and the right-hand the analogue.

Message and graph in the display. The left-hand display shows the digital combined instrument panel and the right-hand the analogue.

Message
Engine oil level

The oil level is checked using the electronic oil level gauge with the thumbwheel when the engine is switched off, see Menu navigation - combined instrument panel.

Warning

If the message Oil service required is shown, visit a workshop. The oil level may be too high.

Important

In the event of the message Oil level low Refill 0.5 litre, only fill with 0.5 litres.

Note

The oil level is only detected by the system during driving. The system cannot directly detect changes when the oil is filled or drained. The car must be driven about 30 km before the oil level display is correct.

Warning

Do not fill more oil if filling level (3) or (4) appears as shown in the illustration below. The level must never be above MAX or below MIN, as this could lead to engine damage.

Warning

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

Measuring the oil level, 5-cyl. diesel

          

If the oil level needs to be checked then it should be carried out in accordance with the sequence below.

Activate key position II; see Key positions - functions at different levels.

Rotate the thumbwheel on the left-hand stalk switch to position Oil level.

You will then see information displayed about the engine oil level.

For more information on menu navigation, see Menu navigation - combined instrument panel.

The figures 1-4 represent filling level. Do not fill more oil if filling level (3) or (4) is shown. Recommended filling level is 4. Message and graph in the display. The left-hand display shows the digital combined instrument panel and the right-hand the analogue.

The figures 1-4 represent filling level. Do not fill more oil if filling level (3) or (4) is shown. Recommended filling level is 4. Message and graph in the display. The left-hand display shows the digital combined instrument panel and the right-hand the analogue.

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