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Volvo V70 & S80 routine maintenance guide (V70 1999 to 2007, S80 1998 to 2005) for petrol and diesel engines

Volvo V70 & S80 routine maintenance guide (V70 1999 to 2007, S80 1998 to 2005) for petrol and diesel engines

Do you own a Volvo V70 or Volvo S80 and have questions about its routine maintenance, such as when to change the oil, or even what oil type? Perhaps you've been wondering how often to change the fluids in your Volvo V70 or S80 or how often to get it serviced, check the brakes and other common checks.

Our Volvo V70 and S80 routine maintenace guide comes straight from our best-selling manual for V70 and S80 petrol and diesel engines and has all the information you need! 

Modern cars and vans need much less maintenance than the vehicles of 25 years ago, but they still have needs. You no longer have to do a service every 6 months, or change the oil every 3 months, but regular fluid changes are still essential to your vehicle’s longevity. 

What follows is our quick reference guide to many of the recommended routine maintenance tasks for your Volvo S80 and V70, most of which you can do yourself at home. If you need more guidance or step-by-step instructions, check out the video tutorials in our online manual or get our traditional printed manual.

Oil Change

Engine Oil Type Multigrade engine oil, viscosity SAE 5W/30 or 0W/30 to ACEA A5/B5*
Engine Oil Capacity (including oil filter) 5.5 litres (petrol engines with oil level sensor)
  5.8 litres (petrol engines without oil level sensor)
  6.5 litres (diesel engines)
Oil Drain Plug Torque 35 Nm (all engines) 
Oil Filter Cover Torque 25 Nm (all engines)

*Certain models have a decal in the engine compartment which details the engine oil specification. Where no decal is fitted, follow the above recommendations.

Transmission Fluid Change

Manual Transmission Fluid Type Volvo synthetic gearbox oil MTF 9730**
Automatic Transmission Fluid Type Volvo synthetic gearbox oil 1161540**
Manual Transmission Fluid Capacity 2.3 litres 
Manual Transmission Fluid Filler/Level Plug Torque 35 Nm
Automatic Transmission Drain/Filler Plugs Torque 35 Nm
Automatic Transmission Level Plug Torque 8 Nm (6-speed only)

**Consult a Volvo dealer or specialist for latest recommendation.

Coolant Renewal

Coolant Type Volvo coolant
Coolant System Capacity 8.8 litres (turbocharged petrol engines)
  8.0 litres (non-turbo petrol engines)
  12.5 litres (diesel engines)

Other Miscellaneous Fluid Types

Power Steering Fluid Volvo power steering fluid 1161529 (Dexron III can be used for topping-up)
Brake And Clutch Fluid Type DOT 4 brake fluid

Other Miscellaneous Torque Specs

Roadwheel Bolts 140 Nm 
Front Caliper Guide Pins 30 Nm
Front Caliper Mounting Bracket Bolts 100 Nm*
Rear Caliper Guide Pins 30 Nm
Rear Caliper Mounting Bracket Bolts 60 Nm*
ABS Wheel Speed Sensor Bolts 10 Nm

*Do not re-use

Volvo V70 & Volvo S80 Maintenance Schedules

The maintenance intervals for the Volvo V70 and Volvo S80 are provided with the assumption that you, not the dealer, will be carrying out the work. These are the minimum intervals recommended by us for vehicles driven daily. If you wish to keep your vehicle in peak condition at all times, you may wish to perform some of these procedures more often. We encourage frequent maintenance, since it enhances the efficiency, performance and resale value of your vehicle. 

If the vehicle is driven in dusty areas, used to tow a trailer, or driven frequently at slow speeds (idling in traffic) or on short journeys, more frequent maintenance intervals are recommended.

Petrol engine models

Every 250 miles

  • Check the engine oil level
  • Check the coolant level
  • Check the screenwash fluid level
  • Check the brake/clutch fluid level
  • Check the power steering fluid level
  • Check the tyres and tyre pressures
  • Check the condition of the battery
  • Check the condition of the wiper blades

Every 9,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first

  • Renew the engine oil and filter 

Note: Although Volvo recommend that the engine oil and filter are changed at 18 000 miles or every 12 months, frequent oil and filter changes are good for the engine. We therefore recommend changing the oil at the mileage specified here.

Every 18,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first

  • Check the brake pads and discs for wear
  • Check all components, pipes and hoses for fluid leaks 
  • Check the steering and suspension components for condition and security 
  • Check the condition of the driveshaft gaiters 
  • Inspect the clutch hydraulic components
  • Renew the pollen filter
  • Check the condition and security of the exhaust system 
  • Check and if necessary adjust the handbrake 
  • Check the condition and operation of the seat belts 
  • Lubricate all hinges and locks 
  • Check the headlight beam alignment
  • Check the coolant antifreeze concentration
  • Reset the service reminder indicator
  • Check the operation of the air conditioning system
  • Carry out a road test 
  • Renew the remote control battery

Every 36,000 miles or 2 years, whichever comes first

In addition to the items listed above, carry out the following:

  • Renew the spark plugs 
  • Renew the air filter 
  • Check the automatic transmission oil level 

Every 108,000 miles or 6 years, whichever comes first

In addition to the items listed above, carry out the following:

  • Renew fuel filter
  • Check and clean the crankcase ventilation system – turbocharged engines only

Every 108,000 miles or 10 years, whichever comes first

  • Renew the timing belt and tensioner

Note: It is recommended that this interval is reduced on vehicles which are subjected to intensive use, ie, mainly short journeys or a lot of stop-start driving. The actual belt renewal interval is very much up to the individual owner, but bear in mind that severe engine damage will result if the belt breaks.

  • Renew the auxiliary drivebelt

Every 2 years, regardless of mileage

  • Renew the brake fluid 

Every 4 years, regardless of mileage

  • Renew the coolant 

Note: This work is not included in the Volvo schedule, and should not be required if the recommended Volvo antifreeze/inhibitor is used.

Diesel engine models

Every 250 miles

  • Check the engine oil level
  • Check the coolant level
  • Check the screenwash fluid level
  • Check the brake/clutch fluid level
  • Check the power steering fluid level
  • Check the tyres and tyre pressures
  • Check the condition of the battery
  • Check the condition of the wiper blades

Every 9,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first

  • Renew the engine oil and filter 

Note:Although Volvo recommend that the engine oil and filter are changed at 18 000 miles or every 12 months, frequent oil and filter changes are good for the engine. We therefore recommend changing the oil at the mileage specified here.

Every 18,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first

  • Check the brake pads and discs for wear 
  • Check all components, pipes and hoses for fluid leaks 
  • Check the steering and suspension components for condition and security 
  • Check the condition of the driveshaft gaiters 
  • Inspect the clutch hydraulic components
  • Renew the pollen filter
  • Check the condition and security of the exhaust system 
  • Check and if necessary adjust the handbrake 
  • Check the condition and operation of the seat belts 
  • Lubricate all hinges and locks 
  • Check the headlight beam alignment
  • Check the coolant antifreeze concentration
  • Reset the service reminder indicator
  • Check the operation of the air conditioning system
  • Carry out a road test 
  • Drain the fuel filter of water
  • Renew the remote control battery

Every 36,000 miles or 2 years, whichever comes first

In addition to the items listed above, carry out the following:

  • Renew the fuel filter 
  • Renew the air filter 
  • Check the automatic transmission oil level 

Every 90,000 miles or 5 years, whichever comes first

  • Renew the timing belt and tensioner

Note: It is recommended that this interval is reduced on vehicles which are subjected to intensive use, ie, mainly short journeys or a lot of stop-start driving. The actual belt renewal interval is very much up to the individual owner, but bear in mind that severe engine damage will result if the belt breaks.

  • Renew the auxiliary drivebelt 

Every 2 years, regardless of mileage

  • Renew the brake fluid 

Every 3 years, regardless of mileage

  • Renew the coolant

Note: This work is not included in the Volvo schedule, and should not be required if the recommended Volvo antifreeze/inhibitor is used.