How To Read and Clear Volvo Error Codes

DIY Cost: $90-$250
Est. Time: 20 min
Difficulty: Easy
This document provides instructions on how to read and clear Volvo fault codes or Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC). 


What you will need

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Codes that trigger the check engine light can be read with a generic OBD2 scanner

Codes stored in all other modules such as ABS, Airbag/SRS, Transmission, Central Electronic Module (CEM) require a Volvo scanner.


We used iCarsoft for the Volvo scanner in this guide, but any Volvo scanner can be used. The procedure will be very similar. 

  1. Locate the diagnostic port under the dashboard. read volvo fault codes via the diagnostic port


  2. Connect your scanner to the port.  Turn on the ignition. turn on igntion to read volvo codes
  3. Turn on the scanner select Diagnosis—next select Volvo. read clear volvo fault codes
  4. Choose Automatically Search or choose Vehicle select and scroll to pick your model such as XC70, V70, S60, S40, V40, V50, XC60, XC90, S60, S70, S80, volvo error codes
  5. From the main menu, select the control module you want to diagnose—for example, Engine Control Module, SRS - Airbag Control Unit, or Anti-lock Brake System.diagnose volvo fault codes
  6. Next, choose to Read Codes and write down all the DTCs. read volvo fault codes
  7. Write down all the codes that have a PRESENT or CURRENT status. Reach each problem to understand the problem better. volvo error code
  8. Fix the problem that you found in the previous step. Then reconnect the scanner and go back to the main menu and select Clear DTC Faults or Erase DTC, depending on the scanner. erase volvo error codes fault codes dtc
  9. Please turn off the ignition for ten seconds and turn it back on. If the code can not be cleared, the problem that triggered the code has not been fixed yet. 

You need to use a Volvo scanner that you purchase supports your Volvo model. Otherwise, you may not get any error codes even when a dashboard warning light stays on. 

These instructions work on all 1996 and newer Volvo models, including C70, V70, S60, S40, V40, V50, XC60, XC90, S60, S70, S80, C30.

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