Driving in water

Driving in water means that the car is driven through deep water on a water-covered roadway. Fording must be carried out with great caution.

The car can be driven through water at a maximum depth of 25 cm (30 cm with S60 Cross Country) at a maximum speed of walking pace. Extra caution must be exercised when passing through flowing water.

During driving in water, maintain a low speed and do not stop the car. When the water has been passed, depress the brake pedal lightly and check that full brake function is achieved. Water and mud for example can make the brake linings wet resulting in delayed brake function.

  • If necessary, clean the contacts for the electric heater and trailer coupling after driving in water and mud.
  • Do not let the car stand with water over the sills for any long period of time - this could cause electrical malfunctions.


Engine damage can occur if water enters the air filter.

In depths greater than 25 cm (30 cm with S60 Cross Country), water could enter the transmission. This reduces the lubricating ability of the oils and shortens the service life of these systems.

Damage to any component, engine, transmission, turbocharger, differential or its internal components caused by flooding, hydrostatic locking or oil shortage, is not covered by the warranty.

In the event of the engine stalling in water, do not try restart - tow the car from the water to a workshop - an authorised Volvo workshop is recommended. Risk of engine breakdown.

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