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Page 1:3 Keys
Page 1:4 Instruments and controls
Page 1:5 Instruments and controls
Page 1:6 Instruments
Page 1:7 Warning lights
Page 1:8 Ignition switch, parking brake
Page 1:9 Lighting
Page 1:10 Turn signals
Page 1:11 Cruise control
Page 1:12 Windshield wipers
Page 1:13 Electrically operated windows
Page 1:14 Rear window demist, elec. heated passenger seat, hazard warning flasher
Page 1:15 Rear/side view mirrors
Page 1:16 Heating and ventilation, air conditioning
Page 1:17 Heating and ventilation
Page 1:18 Clock, cigarette lighters, ash trays

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Notice to Owner: Your Volvo has been built to comply with all U.S.A. and Canada
safety and anti-pollution regulations. Evidence of this can be verified from the certifi-
cation labels attaches to the door opening sheet metal and on the left wheel housing
in the engine compartiment. For further information regarding these regulations,
please contact your local dealer.

Personal Information



City, State................................................

Tel. No ............................

Car Information

Vehicle Identification
Number (VIN)................................

Ignition/Door Key No. ...........................

Trunk/Glove Box Key No. .................................

Delivery Date...........................

Notice: All information, illustrations and specifications contained in this
manual are based on the latest product information available at the time of
publication. Volvo reserves the right to make model changes at any time, or
to change specifications or design, without notice and without incurring

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(Index see page 87)



General Information
Instruments and controls
Warning lights
Ignition switch, parking brake
Turn signals
Cruise control
Windshield wipers
Electrically operated windoes
Rear window demister
hazard warning flasher
electrically heated passenger seat
Rear side view mirrors
Heating and ventilation
air conditioning
Clock, cigarette lighter, ash tray
Interior light
Radios, AM-FM-FM stereo-CD/tape
players, elect. operated antenna
Front seats
Seat belts
Doors and locks
Trunk lid
Hood, fuel tank cap


Service inspection
Break in period
Driving for economy
Starting the engine
Gear shift positions
Automatic transmission





Emergency towing
Towing information
Trailer hauling
Brake system
Cataylic converter


Maintenance services
Gas station checks
Engine B28F
Engine oil
Cooling system
Transmission oil
Rear axle, power steering, brake fluid
Alternater, jump starting
Replacing bulbs
Wheels and tires
Wheel changing
Washing, cleaning
Cleaning, anti-rust treatment
Paint touch-up
Long distance trips,
Cold weather
Service diagnosis
Volvo service manuals






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Model 262c

Do not export your Volvo to another country before investigating that country's applicable
safety and exhaust emisssion requirements. In some cases it may be impossible to comply
with these requirements.

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Ignition/Ssteering wheel lock
front doors

Glove box

Write the key number codes on the inside of
the front cover of this manual. (See tag
attached to plastic key ring).
In the event the original keys are lost, dupli-
cates may be ordered from your Volvo dealer.


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Instruments and controls

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Ignition/Ssteering wheel lock
front doors

Glove box

Write the key number codes on the inside of
the front cover of this manual. (See tag
attached to plastic key ring).
In the event the original keys are lost, dupli-
cates may be ordered from your Volvo dealer.


See page
1 Fresh air louver
2 Turn signals
   Cruise control
3 Headlights, parking lights
4 Instruments
5 Wiper/washers,
6 Ignition switch, steering
   wheel lock
7 Fresh air louver
8 Clock
9 Fresh air louver
10 Glove box
11 Fresh air louver
12 Fuse box
13 Hood release handle
14 Interior lights
15 Horn
16 Instruments lights
17 Rear window demister
18 Electrically heated
     passenger seat
19 Hazard warning flasher
20 Air conditioning
21 Seat belt reminder light
22 Heating and ventilation
23 Hazard warning flasher
24 Air conditioning
25 Seat belt reminder light
26 Heating and ventilation
27 Hazard warning flasher
28 Air conditioning
29 Seat belt reminder light


Instrument and controls
See page
See page
  30 Parking braket
  31 Control for electrically
       operated side mirrors
  32 Seat belt release buttons

33 Seat belt reminder light
34 Cigarette lighter
35 Ash tray

         The pages in this section provide a detailed description of the vehicle'
         instruments and controls
         Note that vehicles may be differently equipped, depending on special
         legal requirements, etc.

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A Odometer
    Total mileage reading

B Speedometer
    Indicates kilometers as well as miles

C Left turn signal indicator (green)

D Parking brake light

E High beam indicator (blue)

F Brake failure warning light (red)

G Right turn signal indicator

H Oil pressure warning failure light (red)

I Alternator warning light (red)

Note: Canadian model
speedometer indicate
kilometers only.
Instrument panel

J Trip odometer
    (last figure represents 1/10 mile/km)

K Trip odometer reset knob
    Push in to reset

Reminder light, Lambda-Sond TM*
    (oxygen sensor system) Service

M Tachometer
    Reads thousands of engine rpm.
    Orange randge for momentary use, during
    Red prohibited range.

N Bulb failure warning light

O Temperatur gauge
    The gauge pointer should remain inside
    the green range during normal operation.
    If the pointer enters the red range repe-
    atedly, check coolant level and fan belt
    tension. (See sections titled "Cooling
    system and coolant

P Overdrive indicator light (green)
    Lights when overdrive is engaged.

R Fuel gauge
    The fuel tank capacityis approx 15,8 US
    gals.=60 litres/13.2 Imp.gals
    F = full
    R = Reserve
    0 = empty
    The red range from R and O epresents
    approx. 2.1 US gals.=8 litres/1,8 Imp.

        * Lambda-Sond TM is a trade mark of Volvo of America Corporation.

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The warning lights described on this page should never go on when driving

But they should go on when the ignition is switched on
before the engine starts. This tells you wether the lights
are functioning or not. All the lights should go out when
the engine starts (the parking brake light does not, of
course, go out until you release the parking brake)

D     Parking brake
reminder light (red)

Parking brake light
H     Oil-pressure
warning light (red)

Oil-pressure warning light
L     Lambda-sond Tm
(oxygen sensor sytem)
service reminder light (red)

Bulb failure
This light will be on when the parking brake
(hand brake) is applied. The parking brake
lever is situated between the front seats.

If this light comes on during driving, the oil
pressure is too low. Stop the engine emmedia-
tely and check the engine oil level in. See section
titled "Engine Oil".
After hard driving, the light will come on
occasionally when the engine is idling. This is
normal, providinedgit goes off wehen the engine
speed is increased.

As required by the U.S. Environmental Protec-
tio Agency this light will come on at 30.000
mile (50.000 km) intervals. It is a reminder to
have the oxygen sensor system serviced. The
light will stay on until reset by servicing dealer

F     Brake failure
warning light (red)

Brake failure warning light
I     Alternator
warning light (red)

Alternator warning light
N     Bulb failure
warning light (yellow)

Bulb warning light
If this light comes on while driving and the
brake pedal can be depressed further than
normal, it is an indication that one of the brake
circuits is not functioning. Proceed cautiously
to a Volvodealer for an inspection of the brake system.

If the light comes on while the engine is
running, check the tension of the alternator
drive belt soon as possible. (See section
titled "Cooling system").
This warning light is illuminated of the alter-
nator is not charging. However, oil pressure,
alternator, parking brake, brake failure,
lambda-sond Tm system service reminder
and bulb failure will be illuminated at the
sime time
due to the design of the system.
The light will come on if any of the following
bulbs are defective:
       one of the lower beams
       one of the tail lights
       one of the brake brake lights (when the brake
       pedal is depressed).
See section on "Replacing Bulbs".

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Ignition switch/steering wheel lock


Parking brake (hand brake)

The lever is situated between the front seats.
The brake oa applied to the rear wheels.

A buzzer will sound if the ignition keys in the
ignition lock and the front door on the driver's
side is open. The buzzer will also sound if the
door is open.
The buzzer goes off when the front door is

Parking brake

Parking brake reminder light

The reminder light PARKING BRAKE on the
instruments panel comes on whenever the
parking brake lever is not fully released and
the ignition is on.

Ignition switch/steering wheel lock O Locked position:
    Steering wheel locks
    when key is removed.

I Intermediate position:
    Certain circuits (heater
    blower, cigarette lighter,
    accessoires, etc.) on.

II Driving position:
    key position when engine

III Starting position:
    release the key when
    engine starts. The key re-
    turns automatically to
    driving position.

The steering wheel lock might be under ten-
sion when the car parked. Turn the steering
wheel slightly to free the ignition key.

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Headlights and position lights
Instrument panel light rheostat

Headlights and position lights


Instrument panel lamps rheostat


All lights off

Parking lights on

Headlights and parking light on

Switch from upper to lower beams, and vice
versa, by moving the turn signal switch lever
on the left side of the steering column towards
the steering wheel. The lights can be used
without switching on the ignition key.
A buzzer will sound if the headlights or parking
lights are on and the front door on the driver's
side is open. The buzzer will also sound if the
ignition key is in the ignition lock when the
door is open.
The buzzer goes off when the front door is

Clockwise - brighter
Counterclockwise - dimmer

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Turn signals
Headlight flasher

Turn signals

1 Signal lever engaged for normal turns.
    Defective turn signal bulb will cause turn
    signal indicator and remaining signal lights
    to flash more rapidly.

2 Lane change position. In maneuvers such
    as lane changing, the driver can flash the
    turn signals by moving the turn signal lever
    to the first stop and holding it there. The
    lever will return to the position when released.
3 High and low beam switching (headlights

    Move the lever towards the steering wheel
    and release it.

3 Headlight flasher (headlights off).
    Move the lever towards the steering wheel
    The headlight high beam will be on until
    the lever is released.

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Cruise control


The cruise control should not be used in
heavy traffic or when driving on wet or
slippery roads.
In case the gear shift unintentionally is
moved to Neutral during driving with the
cruise control engaged:
- depress the brake pedal (or clutch pedal)
   momentarily, or set the cruise control
   switch (1) to OFF.
This will disengage the cruise control and
prevent excessive speeds.

Cruise control

The cruise control switches are located on the
turn signal switch lever.
T engage and set desired speed:
1. Set switch (1) to ON.
2. Accelerate to the desired cruise speed.
    he cruise control cannot be engaged at
    speeds below 30 mph.
3. Depress switch SET SPEED (2).

When lower cruise speed is desired
Depress switch SET SPEED and hold it in until
desired speed has been reached.
Operating clutch pedal or brake pedal
Will automatically desengage the cruise con-
trol. Previously selected cruise speed is retain-
ed in the memory. It can be re-introduced by
momentarily setting the switch to RESUME
The vehicle will accelerate very quickly should
there be a substancial speed differential as the
switch is reset to RESUME. It is therefore re-
commended that the switch reset to RESUME
when the speed differential is reduced.

Momentary acceleration, such as for passing,
does not interrpt cruise control operation.
The previously selected speed will be maintain-
ed without having to set switch to RESUME.

Disengaging the cruise control system
- Set switch (1) to position OFF.
- Depress brake pedal or clutch pedal.
- Depress SET SPEED and hold it depressed.
Switching off the ignition will automatically
disengage the cruise control system.

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Windscreen wipers, headlamp wipers
Windscreen wipers, headlamp wipers, washers
Washer nozzles


1 Intermittent wiper.
    With switch in this position, the wipers will
    make a stroke every seventh second.

2 "Single stroke"position.
    Switch returns automatically when released.

3 Wipers, low speed.

4 Wipers, high speed.

5 Wiper and washer.

Adjusting washer nozzles

The nozzles may be adjusted by inserting a
needle into the metal nozzlea and rotating to
desired position.

Washer fluid reservoir

The washer fluid reservoir for the windshield
washer is located in the engine compartment
and holds approx. 1.6 US gals=6 liters/ 1.3 Imp

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Electrically operated windows

Electrically operated windows

Both doors ar equipped with electrically
operated windows.
Operations is controlled by switches in the
door arm rests. The illustration shows the arm
rest of the driver's door, and the relative loca-
tion of the switches.
The ignition mist be ON to enable operation
of the windows.
Depressing the rear portion of the switch
causes the window to move downward.
depress forward portion to raise the window.

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Rear window
Electrically heated
passengers seat
Hazard warning
Heated rear window-rear demist

Hazard warning lights

Rear window demister

Switch off the rear window demister when the
glass is clear of mist or frost. Otherwise the
battery will be unduly strained.
Do not place items against the inner surface of
the rear window that may damage the printed
circuit. Do not scrape the inner surface of the
rear window glass with a hard object or use an
abrasive window cleaner, otherwise damage
to the print circuit will occur.

Electrically heated passenger seat

The font seats are electrically heated. The
heaters are controlled by thermostats. They
switch on at temperatures below approx.
+15C (60F) and off at +25C (77F).
Switch off the passenger's seat heater when the
seat is not occupied. The driver's seat heater
cannot be deactivated

Hazard warning flasher

Four way flashing is used to indicate that the
vehicle has become a traffic hazard (either
during daylight or at night).
NOTE: Regulations regarding the use of the
hazard warning flasher may vary from state to

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Rear view mirrors
Rear view mirrors
Rear view mirrors

Electrically operated side view
  Rear view mirror
The control switches are located in front
of the parking brake housing

                                                                         D Normal position.
N Night position, reduces glare from follow-
    ing headlights

    The mirrors should always be adjusted before driving.

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Heater and air conditioner

Heater and air conditioner are built into one
unit. With this system it is possible to keep the
inside temperate constant regardless of out-
side temperature. Correct setting of the system
controls allows heated or refrigerated air to

Left = cool
Right = warm
When using the air conditioner the temperature
control should be set to COOL, all the way to
the left.
Use the compressor control knob to set tempe-
rature desired.

Out = no air to floor
In = full flow of air to front and rear floor

3 DEF (defroster)
Out = low volume air flow to defroster
In = full flow

4 REC (Recirculation)
Push in for rapid cooling and during high
humidity conditions.
Do not use for heating
Out = full flow of outside air
In = air is recirculated for faster cooling

5 FAN (Blower motor)
0 = off
1 = low speed
2 = medium speed
3 = high speed
Climate system
Start the air conditioning compressor by turn-
ing the control knob clockwise toward MAX.
For rapid cooling, position the knob into the
yellow range beyond MAX. After desired tem-
perature is reached re-position the control
knob into the blue range.
At cruising speeds, the knob should be kept
within the blue range. If it remains in the yellow
range, icing may occur resulting in decreased
cooling capacity.

7 Fresh air lovers (dash)
The air flow through the fresh air louvers is
slightly decreased when the FLOOR (2) and/or
DEF (3) controls are depressed.

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How to...
... obtain max heat

1 TEMP ------> WARM
3 DEF depressedpushed in
5 FAN ------->2 (or 3)
6 All dash louvers halfway open and floor air
   louver closed.

... remove condensation

1 TEMP --------> WARM
4 REC depressed
5 FAN --------->2 (or 3)
7 All louvers closed as well as the floor fresh
   air louver.

Always keep front external inlet grille (in front
of the windshield) clear of obstructions
(snow, ice, etc).

... obtain rapid cooling

1 TEMP <-------- COOL
4 REC depressed
5 FAN ----------> 3
7 Ventilation outlets open
All windows must be closed

Facia vents
Floor vents

Fresh air louvers (dash)

A Closed
B Open
C Directing air flow horizontally
D Directing air flow vertically

NOTE:For rapid removal of condensation
from inside glass surfaces, the air conditioner
can be switched on even when not required
for interior cooling. The air conditioner will
dehumidify the air inside the vehicle.
Have your Volvo dealer check the system for
correct operated periodically during
the winter season.

Fresh air louver (floor)

There is one floor directed fresh air louver on
the driver side of the vehicle.
Airflow is controlled by the lever at the center
of the louver.
Lever placed forward - louver opens
Lever placed rearward - louver closes

Maximum airflow is obtained with louver fully
open and the fan (blower motor) OFF. (The fan
forces the air through the dash louvers.)

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Cigar Lighter
Ash trays
                     Cigarette Lighter             Ash trays                 Cigarette Lighter                  Ash trays

Quartz crystal clock

Cigarette lighters

Ash trays

To reset the hands, push in the reset knob and

To operate, depress the knob fully. When the
knob automatically releases, the cigarette
ligter is ready for use.
To remove the ash trays depress the center
spring and remove

Text und Pictures from owner's manual yearmodel 1980

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