Volvo V50 2006 Owner Manual

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2006 Volvo V50 WARNING! Driving with the tailgate open: Driving with the tailgate open could lead to poisonous exhaust gases entering the passenger compartment. If the tailgate must be kept open for any reason, proceed as follows: Close the windows Set the ventilation system control to air flow to floor, windshield and side windows and the blower control to its highest setting. CAUTION! Drive slowly and carefully if going through standing water (i.e. flooded roadways, etc.). Damage to the engine could result if excess water is drawn in through the air intake system. Never drive the vehicle in water deeper than 18 inches (48 cm). pg. 101 General information Handling, roadholding Vehicle load, tire design and inflation pressure all affect vehicle handling. Therefore, check that the tires are inflated to the recommended pressure according to the vehicle load. See the "Tire pressure" section. Loads should be distributed so that capacity weight or maximum permissible axle loads are not exceeded. Cold weather precautions If you wish to check your vehicle before the approach of cold weather, the following advice is worth noting: Make sure that the engine coolant contains 50 percent antifreeze. Any other mixture will reduce freeze protection. This gives protection against freezing down to -31°F (-35°C). See section "Coolant". The use of "recycled" antifreeze is not approved by Volvo. Different types of antifreeze must not be mixed. Volvo recommends using only genuine Volvo antifreeze in your vehicle's radiator. Your Volvo retailer stocks plenty of Volvo engine coolant to help protect your vehicle during cold weather. Try to keep the fuel tank well filled - this prevents the formation of condensation in the tank. In addition, in extremely cold weather conditions it is worthwhile to add fuel line de-icer before refueling. The viscosity of the engine oil is important. Oil with low viscosity (thinner oil) improves cold- weather starting as well as decreasing fuel consumption while the engine is warming up. For winter use, 5W-30 oil, particularly the synthetic type 1 , is recommended. Be sure to use good quality oil but do not use cold-weather oil for hard driving or in warm weather. See page 187 for more information. The load placed on the battery is greater during the winter since the windshield wipers, lighting, etc. are used more often. Moreover, the capacity of the battery decreases as the temperature drops. In very cold weather, a poorly charged battery can freeze and be damaged. It is therefore advisable to check the state of charge more frequently and spray an anti-rust oil on the battery posts. Volvo recommends the use of snow tires on all four wheels for winter driving - see the chapter file:///K|/ownersdocs/2006/2006_V50/06v50_07a.htm (3 of 16)12/30/2006 4:49:35 PM

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