Volvo of Mississauga
797 Bancroft Drive, Mississauga, ON  L5V 2Y6
(905) 858-0712
(905) 858-0712
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Frequently Asked Questions
 
 
 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Have Questions? We all do! Refer to our Frequently Asked Questions below to learn some helpful tips for using your new Volvo

 

1) I just bought a new Volvo, how do I keep the paint it looking new?

 

2) What fuel does my new Volvo use?

 

3) How often should I have my Volvo serviced?

 

4) Why use synthetic engine oil?

 

5) How do I keep my leather looking new?

 

6) How do I update my maps for my integrated navigation?

 

7) Where do I find the colour code for ordering touch-up paint?

 

8) Do I need winter tires?

 

9) Does my New Volvo need to be rust-proofed?

 

10) What is the right tire pressure for my Volvo?

 

 

 I just bought a new Volvo, how do I keep the paint it looking new?

 

Your New Volvo left the factory with a perfect paint finish. To maintain that finish, consider our paint protection products. Many commercially available products are available. Frequent washing and annual waxing will help protect and maintain your factory finish. This is especially critical in winter when salt and dirt have a more damaging effect. Always use soap intended for car washing, never use Windex or other ammonia based glass cleaners, and never wash a car in sunlight. Remove bird “fallout” immediately to avoid burning the paint. For the first six (6) months avoid the usage of automatic car washes. Stiff bristles may damage uncured paint.

 

What fuel does my new Volvo use?

 

All Volvo’s will run on 87 AKI fuel. Better performance, longevity and fuel mileage will be accomplished with better grades of fuel. Please note that all XC60 and S60 R-Designs with “Polestar” engine tuning software will require premium fuel (91 AKI)

 

How often should I have my Volvo serviced?

 

For 2012 vehicles, every 12,000kms. For 2013, vehicles every 16,000kms. 2013 vehicle must run synthetic oil, whereas previous versions do not require it. For those driving in harsh conditions, we recommend oil changes every 6,000 OR 8,000 respectively to further help protect the engine against wear and damage. Ontario may not seem like harsh condition, but in a single year we have temperature swings of over 60 degrees Celsius!

 

Why use synthetic engine oil?

 

Synthetic oil provides superior protection against breakdown, heat and acid erosion. It maintains greater lubricity and in many cases helps improve fuel economy. Synthetic oil also doesn’t tend to break down and cause sludge and deposits as easily. These deposits can easily plug many of the narrow galleys feeding equipment on the engine causing additional maintenance and wear.

 

How do I keep my leather looking new?

 

Leather is a natural product and as such requires special care! A cleaning with a leather cleaner and conditioning with a leather conditioner annually will help keep leather soft and supple. UV rays, heat and cold, perspiration all wear the natural fibers of the leather. Conditioning them will keep them soft and looking new! Never use any cleaners other than leather cleaners and never use saddle soap on tanned leather. Volvo offers a kit, 9510251 which effectively provides leather protection and rejuvenation.

 

How do I update my maps for my integrated navigation?

 

Volvos with factory installed navigation have a ‘map care’ service available that provides up to 2 updates to your maps. You must register at www.navigation.com/volvomapcare to be eligible OR call 1 888 628-6277 for information. Once you have registered, upgrades will be shipped to you automatically when they become available. Using  your VIN # visit www.navigation.com/volvo/activate and use your email address that you set your account up with to log-in and retrieve your activation code.

 

Where do I find the colour code for ordering touch-up paint?

 

On the product sticker on the door opening on the right rear door. The code is a 3 digit code, a dash and then 2 digits. Use this code when ordering touch up paint.

 

Do I need winter tires?

 

In a word, yes. Winter tires provide all kinds of advantages. They provide great traction in snow. They improve handling in cold weather, and they improve performance on ice. Winter tires are not snow tires. Instead, today’s winter tires are designed to outperform “all season” tires in snow and in cold weather. Their softer compounds have been shown to stop shorter on dry pavement in cold weather vs. “all season” tires.

 

Using winter tires also makes your summer tires last longer, meaning the investment is really only in the spare rims that come with Volvo’s winter tire package. Remember that AWD, Traction control and ABS only manage available grip. If the tire cannot provide the grip on the road, these safety systems cannot help you avoid a collision.

 

Click here to go to our winter tire page and to discover more.

 

Does my New Volvo need to be rust-proofed?

 

No. In fact Volvo recommends against it for the first 4 years.

 

What is the right tire pressure for my Volvo?

 

                Tire pressure is one of the most important owner serviceable elements of your car. The air in a tire is what supports the weight of the vehicle, and tire pressure affects the handling, safety, durability and comfort of the car. Some estimate that up to 10-50% of tire’s life is reduced due to under-inflation! This is not only a safety risk, but is an environmental one as well! City Safety, AWD, Traction control and ABS only manage available grip. If the tire cannot provide the grip on the road, these safety systems cannot help you avoid a collision.

 

Under inflating can be as dangerous as over inflating. Follow the recommended tire pressures as shown in the owner’s manual and on the Driver’s side vehicle door frame. Under-inflated tires waste fuel, handle poorly, offer poor grip and can blow-out. Overinflated tires can ride hard, compromise grip and can damage the sidewalls. The following notes will help your tires last longer, and perform better:

 

  • Check tire pressure once per month. It is normal for an otherwise ‘healthy’ tire to lose some pressure over time.
  • Check tire pressures when cold. A tire is considered “hot” after just one km of driving. Wait a few hours after driving for a tire to become “cold” again.
  • Ambient temperature changes effect tire pressure! For every 10 degrees F the temperature outside drops, a tire loses about 1 psi.
  • Volvo recommends against tire rotation. Tires “wear in” to the suspension on that particular wheel. Once rotated, they must wear in again. This can cause additional noise and performance defects.
  • Align your car once per year. Taking your hand off the wheel at speed is not an accurate test for alignment! Performing an alignment can save you in the long run in tire replacements!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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