2001 Volvo S40 & V40
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S40 & V40
pg. 66 Automatic transmission, Points to remember
Special tips automatic transmission
· Vehicle performance and fuel economy will be adversely affected by prolonged driving in Winter/Wet
mode. Volvo recommends using this mode only when starting in extremely slippery conditions.
· For driving down steep hills and when driving for prolonged periods at low speeds, position L should
be selected. Avoid, however, repeated changes since this can cause overheating of the transmission oil.
For driving on long continuous uphill gradients, select position 4.
· Never select P or R while the car is in motion.
· When initially selecting positions D, 4, 3, L or R, your right foot should press firmly on the brake pedal
to ensure that the car is standing still with the engine idling.
· The gear selector should not be downshifted to L at speeds above 75 mph (125 km/h). Always observe
posted speed limits.
· Do not hold the car stationary on an incline by using the accelerator pedal. Instead, apply the hand
brake (parking brake). This prevents the transmission oil from becoming overheated.
· When towing a trailer, select shift
· While towing a trailer in hilly terrain, do not drive continuously at engine speeds above 4500 rpm to
help avoid high engine oil temperatures.
The risk for engine overheating is greatest, especially in hot weather, when:
· Towing a trailer up steep inclines for prolonged periods at wide open throttle and low engine rpm.
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