How To Reset the Volvo Service Light

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If you're looking to learn how to reset a Volvo service light, you're inthe right place. Most people panic when the "service now" light appears ontheir dashboard. However, this light is not always a bad omen. If thelight stays on after a recent service, driving a few miles can sometimescause the light to reset itself.

Auto service professionals often use diagnostic tools to reset the Volvoservice light, such as a fault code reader. There are also various reasonswhy your Volvo service light might be on, which is why there are multipleways to turn it off.

Sometimes the issue has to do with wiring; sometimes the light isindicative of an underlying mechanical problem. Luckily, for Europeanmanufacturers, there are specific things you can do to reset a servicelight. If you're tired of diving through your Volvo service manual, readon.

Reasons Why Your Volvo service Light Might Be On

Before you embark on a Google deep dive to remove the service indicatorfrom your dashboard, first examine the common reasons for the Volvoservice light turning on. As we previously mentioned, your Volvo servicelight can turn on due to faulty spark plugs or other mechanical issues.

It is also possible that a component needs to be replaced, such as thecatalytic converter. If you follow our steps to turn the service light offon your Volvo, and it appears again, then you might want tobook an appointment with your local service center.

How To Reset A Volvo Service Light

To reset the Volvo maintenance message without a fault code reader and aservice reset tool, do the following:

  1. Put your key in the ignition and turn it to position one.
  2. Next, turn your trip computer to trip one.
  3. Press and hold the trip computer while turning your key to position two.
  4. The center arrow will flash red three times.
  5. On the third flash, you will let go and an alert will note that you justreset your service light.

If the instructions above do not work for you, then you should considerusing a service reset tool and a car code reader.

You can purchase a car code reader online, or you can look formaintenance reset services at your Volvodealership. There are various car code readers available online-some ofwhich can even plug into your phone.

However, when it comes to resetting a specific Volvo service indicator,like the check engine light, a tool like the OBD1 will suffice.

Use the OBD1 Code Reader to Decipher Codes:

B1Climate Control
A2Fuel System
B2Cruise Control
A5 TCU (Transmission Control)
B6 Power Seat
A6 Ignition System
A7 Combined Instrument

How to reset a check engine light with the OBD1 reader:

  1. Locate the OBD1 port on your Volvo, which is typically behind thepassenger headlights. On models made in the 90s, there will be twoboxes. Lift the cap with the A symbol on it.

  2. Unplug the jump wire from beneath the cap.

  3. The code will depend on what port you will plug the jump wire into. Youcan research codes online or refer to our list above.

  4. Plug in the OBD1 reader under the hood of the vehicle and go through allof the codes.

  5. Once you know what code you're plugging the reader into, you'll want toturn the ignition to position one.

  6. Press down on the code reader button for about a second, then releaseit. If there is an error code in the port you've chosen, the box lightwill populate in a series of 3 flashes. A code example might be 443,meaning that it first flashes once, then twice, then three times. So,your error code would be 443. If there are no available codes (meaningnothing is wrong with this component), the lights will flash once eachtime, leaving a code of 111.

  7. You can then use the code reader service manual to decipher the code.

  8. Once you've gone through all of the codes in the port, the first codewill repeat. After filtering through the codes, hold the button on the Abox down for 10 seconds and release. Then a light should flash.

  9. Hold down the button for 10 additional seconds, and all of the codesshould clear.

  10. Turn the ignition off, wait 3 seconds and turn the ignition back toposition one.

  11. Use the code reader once more and if the code is 111, you havesuccessfully reset the error codes with the diagnostic tool on yourVolvo 850.

Using the list above, you should now know how to reset a 1993-1995 Volvo850 check engine light without a problem, along with other models. Onceyou get a feel for the procedure, you'll be able to perform it as quicklyas a standard oil change. If you own a carcode reader, you'll find that it's easier to navigate this tool than tosearch for an affordable range of synthetic oil online⁠-it's all aboutperspective!

When It's Time to Schedule Volvo Service

If a specific light continues populating on your dashboard after you resetlearn how to reset the Volvo service light, you may need to bring yourVolvo vehicle in for servicing. If your service light is indicative ofsomething, the professionals at Gunther Volvo offer plenty of amazingservice and parts specials.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can you reset the Volvo S60 service light?

First, bring your vehicle to a service center. Driving normally for a fewmiles after the service should cause the light to reset. Volvo S60maintenance light illumination may continue. In such cases, perform thefollowing procedure:

  • Turn your Volvo S60 key to thefirst position or quickly press the START/STOP button.
  • Press and hold the OK/Reset button. It will be found on the stalk to theleft of your steering wheel.
  • Turn your key to the second position or press the START/STOP buttonagain. Keep holding the OK/Reset button.
  • When the info light blinks, stop holding the OK/Reset button.
  • Turn the key to the "off" position and wait at least three minutes.
  • You should hear a beep, meaning that the reset is complete.

How can you reset the Volvo XC60 service light?

For a Volvo XC60 service reset, the first step would be to bring thevehicle into a service center. The light should turn off when drivingafter the service is complete. If it doesn't turn off, perform thefollowing procedure:

  • Turn the Volvo XC60 key tothe first position or quickly press the START/STOP button.
  • Set your trip computer to "trip one."
  • Press and hold the trip computer.
  • Turn your key to the second position or press the START/STOP button.Keep holding the trip computer.
  • The center arrow in your dashboard should flash red three times.
  • Release the trip computer on the third flash. An alert will confirm thatthe service light has been reset.

How to reset the service light in a Volvo XC90?

As with a Volvo XC90 check engine light reset, you'll want to bring yourvehicle into a service center first. If the light is still on after yourservice appointment, follow these instructions to perform a Volvo XC90service reset:

  • Turn your Volvo XC90 key tothe first position or quickly press your START/STOP button.
  • Press and hold the "-" button on your steering wheel (used fordecreasing cruise control speed).
  • Keep the "-" button held and start your vehicle.
  • Keep holding the "-" button until the "i" symbol appears on yourdashboard.
  • Release the "-" button. An alert should appear to confirm that theservice light has been reset.

How can you reset the service light in a Volvo V70?

Like with the other Volvo models, a Volvo V70 service reset will requireyou to first bring your vehicle to a service center, as the light mayindicate that service or maintenance is required. If the light stays onafter you have left the service center, perform the following procedure:

  • Insert your key and turn it to the first position.
  • Change the trip computer to the "trip one" setting.
  • Press and hold the trip computer.
  • Turn your key to the second position with the trip computer still held.
  • The center arrow in your dashboard should flash red three times.
  • Release the trip computer when the third flash occurs. An alert willconfirm that the reset is complete.


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