Driving in water

Fording means that the car is driven through 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 at a maximum speed of 10 km/h. Extra caution should 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.

  • Clean the electric contacts of the electric engine block 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, water could enter the transmission. This reduces the lubricating ability of the oils and shortens the service life of these systems.

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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