Starting the vehicle

Starting the vehicle  - Starting and driving - Volvo XC90 Owners Manual - Volvo XC90

Starting the engine

Before starting, check that the seat, steering wheel and mirrors are adjusted properly.

Make sure the brake pedal can be depressed completely. Adjust the seat if necessary.

1. Fasten the seat belt.
2. Apply the parking brake (hand brake) if not already set. The gear selector is locked in the P position (SHIFTLOCK).
3. Without touching the accelerator pedal, turn the ignition key1 to the starting position.

Allow the starter to operate for up to 10 seconds. Release the key as soon as the engine starts2. If the engine fails to start, repeat this step.

Х Never use more the one floor mat at one time on the driver's floor. An extra mat on the driver's floor can cause the accelerator and/or brake pedal to catch. Check that the movement of these pedals is not impeded.
Х Volvo's floor mats are specially manufactured for your car. They must be firmly secured in the clips on the floor so that they cannot slide and become trapped under the pedals on the driver's side.

Х If the key blade section of the remote is not fully folded out when starting the vehicle, the immobilizer function may make it impossible to start the engine.
Х After a cold start, idle speed may be noticeably higher than normal for a short period. This is done to help bring components in the emission control system to their normal operating temperature as quickly as possible, which enables them to control emissions and help reduce the vehicle's impact on the environment.
Х To release the gear selector from the P (Park) position, the engine must be running (or the ignition key must be in position II) and the brake pedal must be depressed.
Х Select the desired gear. The gear engages after a very slight delay which is especially noticeable when selecting R.

Your vehicle is equipped with a KEYLOCK system. When the engine is switched off, the gear selector must be in the P position before the key can be removed from the ignition switch.
When starting in cold weather, the transmission may shift up at slightly higher engine speeds than normal until the automatic transmission fluid reaches normal operating temperature.

Do not race a cold engine immediately after starting. Oil flow may not reach some lubrication points fast enough to prevent engine damage.

Always place the gear selector in Park and apply the parking brake before leaving the vehicle. Never leave the vehicle unattended with the engine running.
Х Always open garage doors fully before starting the engine inside a garage to ensure adequate ventilation. The exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide, which is invisible and odorless but very poisonous.

Automatic transmission
Х The engine should be idling when you move the gear selector. Never accelerate until after you feel the transmission engage! Accelerating immediately after selecting a gear will cause harsh engagement and premature transmission wear.
Х Selecting P or N when idling at a standstill for prolonged periods of time will help prevent overheating of the automatic transmission fluid.

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