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Volvo Engine Service Required Message

This is a message that my Volvo (S80 2004 2.0T) started showing yesterday. The message was accompanied with a yellow/orange warning light, (image on the right) in the car dash.

This freaked me out when it first appeared as I was worried that the car could shutdown anytime while on the move. But apparently the color of the light, yellow, is an indicator that the issue is not major and therefore such a shutdown is not an immediate possibility. On the other hand, if the color of the indicator is red, then it is indeed cause for concern and the best option is to stop the car and seek professional help immediately.

In the past whenever I had issues with my car, my first reaction is to reach out to my mechanic for help. But with the Volvo, what I have learned is that with the amount of electronics and computer control that is embedded into it, it's best to first to research online, narrow down the possible causes to a select few and then approach the mechanic appraising him of your res…

Volvo Service Reminder Message

This is a message that appears on my Volvo S80 after driving for a period of time. Interestingly, this message appears even though I have not driven the car for the recommended service interval - 7500 miles, or about 12000km.

Did some research and it turns out that this message is displayed as a function of hours the engine has been running, duration since last service and distance covered.  Essentially, this light will come on at 7,500 mile (12,000 km) intervals, after 750 hours of driving or after 12 months, whichever occurs first, to remind the driver that the service interval has been exceeded.

The light will stay on for 2 minutes after start until reset.

Here's how to reset this message without using a professional interface equipment:
Put the key in and turn it to ignition position IPress and hold in the reset button for the trip odometerTurn the key to ignition position II. Note! Turn the key to position II within 2 seconds.Hold the reset button for the trip meter pressed i…