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This guide provides instructions on how to change the engine oil on a Volvo vehicle.

Table of Contents


What you will need


  1. Drive the Volvo up on car ramps. Block rear wheels. 
  2. Put the car in park, and apply the emergency brakes.put volvo in park ready to change engine oil
  3. Secure the vehicle with jack stands placed under the lifting points or a structural member.
  4. Open the hood by pulling the hood release under the dash.
  5. Locate the oil filler cap on top of the engine. Note the recommended oil grade listed on the cap. where to add volvo engien oilvolvo oil filler cap
  6. Rotate the cap counter-clockwise to remove it.removed volvo oil cap ready to change oil
  7. If your Volvo has a splash shield, remove it. It is held in place with several 10mm bolts. 
  8. Locate the 13mm oil drain plug and place the drain pan below oil drain plugRemove the oil drain plug by turning it counter-clockwise.
  9. Locate the engine oil filter.VOLVO OIL FILTER LOCATION
  10. Remove the oil filter using oil filter pliers.
  11. Before installing a new oil filter, apply a small amount of oil to the oil filter gasket ring. Torque oil filter to 25 Nm.
  12. Replace the copper ring on the oil drain plug.
  13. When all of the oil has drained, reinstall the oil drain plug.
    Torque the drain plug to 35 Nm.
  14. Add 5 L oil through the oil filter hole. Be careful not to over-fill the engine with oil.where to add volvo engine oil
  15. Wait for several minutes before checking the oil level using a dipstick. Add more oil to bring the level between the Min and Max marks of the dipstick.check volvo engine oil level
  16. Replace the oil filer cap, and check if any tools are left inside the engine bay.
  17. Start the engine and check if the oil pressure light goes off within five oil light on
  18. Turn off the engine, wait at least five minutes, and recheck the oil level. Add engine oil if the level is low. 
  19. Inspect for oil leaks in the next couple of days. 

Instructions in this guide will help you change the engine oil on Volvo:

  • XC70
  • V70
  • S60
  • S40
  • V40
  • V50
  • XC60
  • XC90
  • S60
  • S70
  • S80
  • C30

Oil Change Interval

  • 12000 km / 7500 miles

Recommend Volvo engine oil change interval is 7500 miles. This range may vary depending on the engine and oil type. See the owner's manual. 

Conventional Oil

  • Every 3000 miles

Semi-synthetic / Synthetic Blend

  • Every 5000 miles

Full Synthetic

  • Every 7500 miles

Oil Capacity

Engine Code Volume (liters) Viscosity
B8444S “ 4.4 V8 Approx. 6.7 SAE 5W-30
B6324S “ 3.2 238hp (2007) Approx. 7.7 SAE 5W-30
B6324S “ 3.2 238hp (2008 on) Approx. 7.4 SAE 5W-30
B6324S5 “ 3.2 243hp Approx. 6.8 SAE 5W-30
B6304S “ 2.9 200 hp Approx. 6.6 SAE 5W-30
B6294S “ 2.9 200 hp Approx. 6.6 SAE 5W-30
B6294T “ 2.9 T6 272 hp Approx. 6.6 SAE 5W-30
B6284T “ 2.8 T6 272 hp Approx. 6.6 SAE 5W-30
B5244S “ 2.4i 170 hp Approx. 5.8 SAE 5W-30
B5244S6 Approx. 5.8 SAE 5W-30
B5244T4 “ 2.4 T5 260 hp Approx. 5.8 SAE 5W-30
B5244T5 “ 2.4 T5 260 hp Approx. 5.8 SAE 5W-30
B5254T2 “ 2.5T 210 hp Approx. 5.8 SAE 5W-30
B5254T3 Approx. 5.8 SAE 5W-30
B5254T4 “ R “ 2.5 T 300 hp Approx. 5.5 SAE 5W-30

Check your owner's manual to get the recommended oil change interval for your Volvo.

Torque Specifications

  • Oil filter - 25 Nm
  • Drain bolt - 35 Nm