Engine compartment

Engine oil - checking and filling

Updated 7/23/2018

The oil level is detected with the electronic oil level sensor.

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5-cyl. diesel

P3-1246-V60H Oil refill, electronic oil level sensor

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

No action needs to be taken on engine oil level until a message is shown in the combined instrument panel's display, see the following illustration.

P3-1246-V60H Oil message and graph in display

Message and graphic shown in the display.

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.


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


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


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.


The oil level is only detected by the system when certain conditions are fulfilled. For this reason the system cannot always directly detect changes when the oil is filled or drained. Under certain conditions, internal combustion engine operation may be required for approx. 30 km.


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 following sequence.

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

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

Information is then displayed on the engine's oil level; see the following illustration, which shows the message and graphic in the display.

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

P3-1246-V60H Recommended oil level

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.

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