Driving in water

Wading means the car being driven through water e.g. on a flooded road. Driving in water must be performed with great caution.

While driving in water

Observe the following to prevent damage to the car when driving through water:

  • The car can be driven through water to a maximum depth of 25 cm (9 inches).
  • Do not drive faster than walking pace.
  • Do not stop the car in the water. Drive forward carefully or reverse the car back out of the water.
  • Extra caution should be exercised when passing through flowing water.
  • 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.
  • If water enters the transmission, it reduces the lubricating ability of the oil, which shortens the service life of related 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.

After driving in water

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.

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