What do I do when the service light on my Volvo goes on?

Though widely seen as a sign of trouble, the check engine light simply means that a "fault code" has been stored in the on-board computer system. While this could mean a serious problem, it's important to remember that there are hundreds of possible codes, many as innocuous and simple as a loose gas cap. Common issues include sensor problems, ignition failure, vacuum leaks, and cylinder misfires.

If your Volvo's check engine light comes on, the first thing you should do is ensure the gas cap is tightly closed. Next open the hood and give a visual inspection to the engine, keeping an eye out for loose hoses, oil or water leaks, or anything else out of the ordinary. Next, use the dipstick to ensure proper oil level.

After you've performed a visual inspection, it's important to bring your vehicle to a certified Volvo dealer. Certified dealerships have expert service center technicians with the proper knowledge, experience, and tools to properly interpret fault codes, diagnose any issues, and fix them in a thorough and efficient manner. Additionally, a certified Volvo dealership will be able to determine if the issue is covered under warranty, which can save you time and money.

(IMPORTANT NOTE: If your check engine light is *flashing*, this means abnormal combustion and must not be ignored. Service is critical. If you have no choice but to drive it, be extra careful to avoid hard acceleration. Bring your vehicle in for service as soon as possible.)

How to Reset Your Volvo Service Light

Some mechanically inclined DIYers may want to perform their own repairs. If that's the case, our parts department can help you source genuine OEM Volvo parts with a lifetime warranty. After successful completion of the work, here's how to reset the service light:

  1. Turn key to position I.

  2. Press and hold the reset button on the instrument cluster, or the OK/Reset button on the steering wheel.

  3. With the button held down, turn the key to position II.

  4. Continue to hold the button until the service reminder light starts to blink (approx. 10 seconds) then release the button.

  5. Turn off the ignition off, but do not remove the key.

  6. Turn the key fully to start the engine.

Schedule Volvo Service near New Orleans

Is your check engine light on? Or perhaps you're due for a regular maintenance checkup. Whatever your service needs, the experts in our Volvo service center are here to help. You can conveniently schedule service right here on our website. And, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us online or by phone at your convenience.

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