Windscreen wipers and windscreen washers.
Windscreen wipers off
Move the stalk switch to position 0 to switch off the windscreen wipers.
Raise the stalk switch and release to make one sweep.
Set the number of sweeps per time unit with the thumbwheel when intermittent wiping is selected.
The wipers sweep at normal speed.
The wipers sweep at high speed.
Before activating the wipers - ensure that the wiper blades are not frozen in, and that any snow or ice on the windscreen (and rear window) is scraped away.
Before activating the wipers during winter ensure that the wiper blades are not frozen in, and that any snow or ice on the windscreen is scraped away.
Use plenty of washer fluid when the wipers are cleaning the windscreen. The windscreen must be wet when the windscreen wipers are operating.
Service position wiper blade
The rain sensor automatically starts the windscreen wipers based on how much water it detects on the windscreen. The sensitivity of the rain sensor can be adjusted using the thumbwheel.
When the rain sensor is activated a lamp in the button is illuminated and the rain sensor symbol is shown in the combined instrument panel.
Activating and setting the sensitivity
When activating the rain sensor, the car must be running or the remote control key in position I or II while the windscreen wiper stalk switch must be in position 0 or in the position for a single sweep.
Activate the rain sensor by pressing the rain sensor button . The windscreen wipers make one sweep.
Press the stalk switch up for the wipers to make an extra sweep.
Turn the thumbwheel upward for higher sensitivity and downward for lower sensitivity. (An extra sweep is made when the thumbwheel is turned upward.)
Deactivate the rain sensor by pressing the rain sensor button or move the stalk switch down to another wiper program.
The rain sensor is automatically deactivated when the remote control key is removed from the ignition switch or five minutes after the engine has been switched off.
The windscreen wipers could start and be damaged in an automatic car wash. Switch off the rain sensor while the car is in motion or when the remote control key is in position I or II. The symbol in the combined instrument panel and the lamp in the button go out.
Washing the headlamps and windows
Washing the windscreen
Move the stalk switch toward the steering wheel to start the windscreen and headlamp washers.
The windscreen wipers will make several more sweeps and the headlamps are washed once the stalk switch has been released.
Heated washer nozzles*
The washer nozzles are heated automatically in cold weather to prevent the washer fluid freezing solid.
High-pressure headlamp washing*
High-pressure headlamp washing consumes a large quantity of washer fluid. To save fluid, the headlamps are washed automatically at every fifth windscreen wash cycle.
If only approx. 1 litre of washer fluid remains in the reservoir and the message that you should fill the washer fluid is shown in the combined instrument panel, then the supply of washer fluid to the headlamps is switched off. This is in order to prioritise cleaning the windscreen and the visibility through it.
Wiping and washing the rear window
Press the stalk switch forward (see the arrow in the illustration above) to initiate rear window washing and wiping.
The rear window wiper is equipped with overheating protection which means that the motor is switched off if it overheats. The rear window wiper works again after a cooling-down period.
Wiper – reversing
Engaging reverse gear while the windscreen wipers are on initiates intermittent rear window wipingThis function (intermittent wiping when reversing) can be deactivated. Visit a workshop. Volvo recommends an authorised Volvo workshop.. The function stops when reverse gear is disengaged.
If the rear window wiper is already on at continuous speed, no change is made.
On cars with rain sensors, the rear wiper is activated during reversing if the sensor is activated and it is raining.