Reset Service Light – Volvo

Reset Service Light

Volvo 850 (1993-1995)

  1. There are two diagnostic units(it says A and B on the cover) located adjacent to washer reservoir under the hood. Turn on the ignition and open the module A and insert the flylead into socket 7.
  2. Press the button on the diagnostic unit 4 times, briefly but firmly. Then the LED illuminates and stays illuminated, and the system is ready to accept manual code input. A code number for resetting the service reminder light is 1-5-1. To do this, press the test button once and release it And LED illuminates again.
  3. Then press 5 times and wait for the LED to illuminate.
  4. Press the button once and LED should flashes several times in succession and the reminder should have been reset.
  5. Switch off the ignition and replace the flylead in its holder and close the cover.

Looking for resetting instructions for your Volvo S80 or V40 or S40?
Reset service light instructions for your Volvo S80
Reset service light instructions for your Volvo S40 or V40

Volvo 850 (1996-1997) and S70, V70 (1998)

You need an OBDII tool that resets Volvo service light codes. See this service light reset forum thread for more. They run about $100 to 200 — or — take it in to the dealer or independent Volvo mechanic and have them do it. Call to see if they charge for this first. Note: I’ve read reports of people having success with having the local Shucks/Pep Boys/Checker auto parts store do it.

S70 and V70 and C70 and XC70

  1. Press and hold odometer reset button
  2. Turn ignition switch to Run
  3. After SRL flashes, release odometer reset button
  4. Confirm by turning your Volvo off, then on again
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Date December 29, 2008

101 responses to “Reset Service Light – Volvo”

  1. Picha69 says:

    Thank you so much for this info!!! End of dealership charges every 5K.

  2. Picha69 says:

    Update: it worked on my 850, but not on my V70 AWD 🙁 Any ideas?

  3. Joe from Massachusetts says:

    The sequence of holding the trip odometer button, turning the ignition, and then releasing the the trip odometer after the service light started flashing worked perfectly on my ’07 V70. Three calls to my dealer yielding nothing. Fifteen seconds on this website and problem solved. Thank you.

  4. Einar says:

    Thanks for the info. Great resource

  5. diehardvolvo says:

    great site! Thanks

  6. nhvolvo says:

    I have a 2000 V70 XC SE w/ 144k. Just tried the reset service light per the above directions and it worked perfect. thank you so much. I just saved $105 (what the dealer wanted to charge all because I have my oil changed some where else)

  7. rslyons says:

    Thank you for this posting. It saved me a bundle of money and it worked perfectly. Dealer told me he needed a “special” tool to reset the switch and I would be charged for 30 minutes labor. Yeah, the special tool is the key to the car and a finger to hold in the odometer button. It took all of 30 seconds to fix. THANK YOU!!!

  8. brian7890 says:

    Great site.

    Reset the Service Light, as per the simple instructions above, on my 2006 V70 2.4 D.

    Saved a bomb on $tealer prices.

    Thanks to everyone involved. Much appreciated.

  9. Aidy says:

    I found it worked only if you release the odometer reset button as the SRL light was flashing. Releasing it after it had flashed did not do the reset. I have a 2007 XC70. My garage has never reset this when servicing the car. As a result, it is a pointless feature.

  10. Neil says:

    Many thanks. I recently bought a C70 sports, and had a thorough service by a really good mechanic (not main dealer). Soon after the service needed light came on which was really annoying. Now sorted by following your simple instructions.

  11. dave says:

    This is great info. Will it work on the ’08 XC90?

  12. Bob says:

    In my 1998 S70 the service light is on, I pressed the odometer reset button and turned the ignition to run. How long should it take for the service light to blink? It didnt’ start blinking within 1 minute. So am I doing something wrong? The instructions are clear.

  13. Gary Croft says:

    Thanks for the info. Used the odometer reset option and it work on first try with my C70 2004. Thanks for the post….

  14. Acolyte says:

    Thanks.. Works on my V70 😀

  15. scsmarkwood says:

    For my 2007 XC-70 I do the regular service myself and it is very frustrating to later see the regular maintenance light come on!
    The instruction for resetting the maintenance service light worked as follows: With car off, push in and hold the odometer reset button. Start the car. Continue to hold the reset button until the service light flashes. It will take about 10 seconds until the light begins to flash. While it is still flashing, release the reset button. Turn off the car.
    Not sure why the owner’s manual does not include these simple instructions?! Oh yes, I do…..$$$$$. No tools, no service visit fee! Ha!

  16. JB says:

    Thanks! Worked on my 1999 V70 GLT!

    Everyone that can’t get this to work, press your TRIP reset button and hold it, THEN turn the ignition to the second click and it should flash within 10 seconds.

    My only mistake is that I pushed the info reset button instead of the trip.

  17. LFA says:

    THANK YOU… figured I had nothing to lose to try this on my 2005 XC90 and it worked like a charm. I HATE having to go to the Volvo service dept. at my dealer…it is expensive and time consuming. Thanks for saving me time and cash!

  18. TB says:

    My Volvo dealer was always happy to reset the light for me at no charge, and he did it immediately when I brought it in. My issue was that it took 1.5 to 2 hours of round trip driving to get there and home again.

    I just learned this technique last month from a teenager working at one of those quick oil change places. It worked on both my 2001 S-80 and my 2007 V-70.

    When I asked my Volvo service manager today why he never told me how to do this myself, he expressed surprise and said he thought the ONLY way to reset the service reminder light was through the computer. He did not know of any other method!

  19. Alex says:

    Our 2001 XC70 XCountry odometer reset light didn’t flash!! Am I not holding in the trip reset long enough, or maybe “RUN” is not the full turn of the ignition?? Back out to the garage!

  20. Jim says:

    It worked on our 2005 XC70. Thanks for the information.

  21. Paul Dodsworth says:

    This worked on my Volvo S60 MY06. I will say though:

    Hold in the trip button, start car, wait for around 10 secs or untill you,ll see the warning triangle in the center of the display flash. Remove your finger from the trip button before this flashing triangle stops otherwise it won,t work. Turn off engine………..finished. 30 seconds, no tool…no charge.

  22. jp says:

    Worked great for my 2005 xc90. Done in 10 sec flat .
    thanks

  23. Kipper says:

    Aidy June 5th 2009 post,

    You are right, my V70 only reset during the flashing and not after it had finished flashing.

    Great tip,

    Cheers,

  24. sergio says:

    I need to know how to reset volvo xc90 maintenance

  25. Matt says:

    Sergio, try
    1. Press and hold odometer reset button
    2. Turn ignition switch to Run
    3. After SRL flashes, release odometer reset button
    4. Confirm by turning your Volvo off, then on again

  26. Suzy says:

    The method below worked like a charm on my 2004 XC70. THANK YOU!!!!

    “The sequence of holding the trip odometer button, turning the ignition, and then releasing the the trip odometer after the service light started flashing worked perfectly on my ‘07 V70. Three calls to my dealer yielding nothing. Fifteen seconds on this website and problem solved. Thank you.”

  27. Terry says:

    This method worked perfectly on 2000 S70

    1. Press and hold odometer reset button
    2. Turn ignition switch to Run
    3. After SRL flashes, release odometer reset button
    4. Confirm by turning your Volvo off, then on again

    Big time thanks.

  28. bluepenguin says:

    This method worked perfectly on my 2008 C70. However, as mentioned on one of the posts, it only worked if I released the button while the “I” light was flashing. If I waited until it finished flashing, it did not work. Also, the trip odometer reset button had to be depressed BEFORE turning the ignition – even to the ONE level. If the ignition was on ONE and then the button was depressed, turning the ignition to TWO (RUN) did not work.
    Hope this helps others who may have had problems following this method.

  29. Anthony says:

    Worked well on 99 S80-T6.Thank you

  30. Ken says:

    The 2008 V70 appears to be different. No key and no position 1 or 2 per se.

    If I figure it out, I’ll be back(;-o)

  31. Ken says:

    Okay! The secret is to release the odometer BEFORE the fifth info light blink!

    Done!

  32. davephyl1 says:

    I’ve tried all the suggestions on my 1998 v70T5 but they don’t work. Service light still on. Any suggestions??

  33. kevmac says:

    Worked on my ’05 XC90

  34. VolvoS70Driver says:

    Note this will not work on the 1998 models. This is the first year of the S70 and it is somewhat of a bastard model having carried over many bits and pcs from the 850 but with some modified functions as well. 1999’s S70 was more mechanically/electrically redesigned so the methods began working again.
    I ended up buying a reset tool from FCP Groton and it works as advertised.

  35. Darryl says:

    Just tried it on my 2000 XC70 and it worked great. Thanks very much!!!

  36. Jimbo says:

    I have tried this many times before without luck because the info I got (elsewhere) didn’t emphasize the SRL should be blinking. Just tried it on my 1999 S70 and it worked like a charm! The blinking light is the “secret.” Great! The method I used:

    1. Press and hold odometer reset button
    2. Turn ignition switch to Run
    3. After SRL flashes, release odometer reset button
    4. Confirm by turning your Volvo off, then on again

  37. pvolvo says:

    its nice to know this thanks, 850 has its own tool ond with your help i found it right in fron of me. thanks again.

  38. DrAcacio says:

    Wait littel more then 10 seconds and after Servile light blinks ..leave button. and it works.
    Question is how long will take to Service light on again 6.000 miles??
    Thanks for tip

  39. sam says:

    Just followed the steps for my 98 V70 and it worked fine. A friend serviced it for me but dealer wanted £45 for reset. Thanks guys!

  40. shawn says:

    This worked great on our 2005 xc70 Thanks!

  41. Peter says:

    thanks had that light on for 4 years!! and finally got rid of it!!

  42. Tony says:

    Worked like a charm on 2000 V70. The trick is to release the odometer button before the last blink.

    Thanks!!

  43. Art says:

    thanks bluepenguin! Your additional tips worked perfectly on my 2008 S40. Holding the odometer trip button while in the O position. I kept trying exactly as described from position 1 and I could never get the light to flash. Works perfectly. I was really annoyed when I first saw this light, thinking that they had pulled a big scam on us Volvo owners by forcing us to bring into the dealer. The only thing I hate about this car is all of the software and the dependency on the dealer. At least this piece of software has method for the user to clear.

  44. camron185 says:

    Thanks a lot! I was getting of tired seeing that light. Now I just have to figure out what’s going on with my TRACS and ABS lights.

  45. And says:

    Just reset the service light on my ’05 V70 2.5T. Another good reason never to have to go back to the dealer – Hallelujah! Thanks a lot for the post..!

  46. Dave says:

    Worked great on my 03′ V70 make sure to realese the button DURING the triangle flash

  47. Ray says:

    Instructiuns worked great. Same as Dave, Release reset button while triangle lite is flashing!

  48. Tammie says:

    My triangle light does not flash when I go to position ll it just comes on, what should I do?

  49. Mary Rossi says:

    Thanks to everyone who provided answers – my radio works! I wanted to post my exact steps to help anyone who still has any questions … I have a 98 S70:

    With an OFF reading on my radio, I put the key to the 1 position, with all lights off but Radio ON so it read OFF (really). After 2 hours, I looked at it and it read CODE! So leaving the key is the 1 position and leaving the radio on, I input my code (which according to my dealer is a standard code for ’98 S70s – 4336 – and waited about 20 seconds and lo and behold the radio came on. I am forever in the debt of this site and all of the people who posted their answers – thank you!!

  50. ash says:

    Thanks for help, it worked on my V70 ’00 !!! Service guys told that only solution is the OBDII tool… 🙂

  51. JOFTAA says:

    I could not get the method to work on my 2008 C-70. I called my U.S. Volvo dealership and they instructed me that the driver door needs to be open in order for the procedure to work. I thought that was strange, but since I could not get the procedure to work before, it could not hurt to try it.

    With the driver door open I did the following:
    (note: My trip meter was at 0 since I tried before and failed)

    1. Key to position 1
    2. Press and hold trip reset button
    3. Key to position 2
    4. Watched the orange “I” light on dash. After it started to flash, I waited until after the third flash and let go of the trip reset button. From what I understand, the timing of this is important.

    I shut off the car, closed my driver door and started the car. The maintenance message was reset.

  52. OahuGuy says:

    Thanks JOFTAA. I followed your directions on my 2008 C70 and it worked like a charm.

  53. craj says:

    hi
    I have a 2007 V70 2.4 t5. I’ve tried the methods above but can’t get them to work, can anyone help me to reset the engine service light.

    regards

  54. jlove207 says:

    This worked like a charm. “F” those dealers who are out to screw you out of money. You know if these dealers offer better support and not try to milk every penny out a customer more of us would go get serice from them.

    Thanks for the tip.

  55. adrian says:

    I have tried these instructions numerous times with my V70, 2008, with no success. I either get a code “163” and then a beep, and sometimes a code “040”. The image of the “wrench” does not disappear when these codes appear. The maintenance light reappears soon after.

    Have you performed this technic successfully on a keyless ignition before? Do these codes tell you anything? (something I may be doing wrong?)

    I will keep trying but would be interested if you have any feedback regarding the codes

    Thanks

  56. Bart says:

    I have the same problem that adrian describes. I get a 040 code, then a 163 and a beep. The message is not removed..

  57. lonnie says:

    How do I reset the service light?

  58. marty says:

    Thanks JOFTAA It worked on my 2009 C70.

  59. Johnny says:

    Sometimes I just love Internet… Works perfect on my C70 2010 D5. But I have to use the real key, not the “keless adapter”… Sorry I am Swedish, some holes in my English.

    Thanks JOFTAA!

  60. ScottJ says:

    I know these comments are old but I’ll post my experience just for posterity. For those that cannot get JOFTAA’s instructions to work, make sure you’re not doing the same thi g wring that I was doing…

    On the 2001 C70 there is a little button to the right of the key just below the dial that switches through information on the dash like temp, miles to 0, etc. This little button is actually marked “reset,” BUT IT’S THE WRONG BUTTON. I spent a long time holding down that pointless little bugger. If you follow JOFTAA’s steps and make sure you are indeed holding down the odometer reset button, it will probably work for you just like it did for me!

    Hope that helps.

  61. TonyB says:

    try these guys
    V70
    1999-2001
    Turn the ignition switch to position I.
    Press in trip meter RESET button. Turn ignition to position II.
    When the TRIP METER RESET button has been pressed for 10 seconds, the SRL lamp starts to flash.
    Release the TRIP METER RESET button within 5 seconds. The instrument produces a sound when resetting has been done successfully.
    Turn the ignition off and then start the engine to verify the indicator has been reset.
    2002-2005
    Turn off ignition.
    Press and hold in the TRIP METER RESET button, turn ignition on within 2 seconds.
    Press and hold the RESET button for the trip odometer until the original value has been reset.
    The information lamp lights up when the RESET button must be released. Release the RESET button for the trip odometer within 4 seconds.
    Audible signal heard when resetting has been successful.
    If the trip odometer has already been reset, the RESET button must be held a minimum of 10 seconds and a maximum of 14 seconds. Turn the ignition off and then start the engine to verify the indicator has been reset.
    2006-2010
    Reset may be similar to previous year or other models – Oil Reset will verify and update site.

  62. M Ivan says:

    All the advice looks promising but won’t work on my XC70 1998 model.

    Anyone have any tips or tricks?

  63. JapserW says:

    THANK YOU to TONYB!!! Tried it on my 2000 C70 and it worked perfectly! So perfectly, that I saved a lot of $$$ but I also passed my states emission test!! If you have a “service” light on, you will automatically fail, regardless if your emissions are up to standard requirements.

  64. Norman Bow says:

    Does anyone know how to reset the service lights on a 2008 V50 Volvo station wagon after the service message changes from ” Time for regular service” to “Service overdue”?

    Norm B

  65. Dandy Don says:

    For you S-60 owners, this method of holding the trip button down and releasing it after 3 blinks worked for me as well. Thanks for the advice.

  66. brian says:

    Thank you for the info!!!! I went to “SOMEOUTHER” website and “THY” wanted to charge me for the same info! This will save me $$ and gref from my Lady!!!

  67. Tony G says:

    I had to press the keyless “start” button on my 2008 xc70 while I pressed the trip reset button and then I got the “i” to blink. I had been getting the 163 or 40 message. It worked finally. Thanks for the tips.

  68. daivd says:

    were is the o2 relay on a 1990-780 2.8

  69. New Volvo Owner says:

    Does anyone know how to reset the service lights on a 2008 XC70 Volvo after the service message changes from ” Time for regular service” to “Service overdue”?

  70. Richard says:

    I found a way to shut service engine light off of my volvo V50 by doing the following
    1. Push reset button
    2. Put key into ignition
    3. Turn to position 1 and wait 1 sec
    4. Turn to position 2 and wait till light
    blinks three times and then release button and start car at the same time. I hope this helps who needs it.

  71. martin sonley says:

    hello does anyone out there no ho to reset the (transmition service required)light on a 2001 xc v70.thanks

  72. Doug says:

    Does anyone know how to reset the time for regular maintenance on an 2007 s60 volvo?

  73. Bishop Brannen says:

    PLease, help me reset the TIME FOR SERVICE LIGHT on my 2011 vc70 wagon??

  74. racarignan says:

    I tried the reset technique with no success. So did what I have done with otehr cars — disconnect the battery for 15 seconds, reconnect, and voila. Done.

  75. [email protected] says:

    Can anyone tell me how to reset the service
    Ight on a Volvo 850 1996 estate 2.5 se

    Many thanks

  76. alex moanei says:

    Can someone help me with resetting the time for regular service message on Volvo S40 T5 2004 model. I have tried everything but not getting anywhere.

  77. Sal Ruiz says:

    Thank you!

    I couldn’t believe how easy it was.

    Sal

  78. Mike Gambuzza says:

    What a huge help – tips like this is what makes this such a great site – THANKS!!!

  79. kelvi monserrate says:

    hi…. somebody help me to reset my volovo t5 2006 service light

  80. dionne says:

    Thank you Scott J. I have going crazy holding the little reset button to get my service light off. It was the wrong button! One try with the odometer button and presto the light is off! Thanks to you.

  81. Roy says:

    Hey wondering if anyone can help, I have a 2008 c70 and I can’t get these procedures to work. I can get it to work on a c30 but not the c70 can anyone help?

  82. Lou says:

    I just reset my 2007 Volvo C70’s service light and it did work fine. To add a little something, when I released the trip meter button after the third flash, there was a “ding”.

  83. JR says:

    VOILA!!!!!

    2008 S60 RESET THE REGULAR SERVICE LIGHT ON

    Followed JOFTAA’S instructions;

    Made sure trip odometer was on T1
    Turned OFF Ignition
    OPENED DOOR AND LEFT OPEN
    Turned key to position “I”
    Pushed trip odometer reset button and held it down
    Turned key to position “II”
    Watched for flashing “I” in triangle
    Immediatly after THIRD FLASH OF “I” I released the trip push button
    Turned off ignition and removed key
    Closed door
    Started engine and VOILA, No more EEGULAR SERVICE light

    Cool!

  84. peter says:

    how do you switch service light of on s60 d5 55 plate

  85. Andy says:

    I have a 95 volvo 850 estate wagon turbo with a broken diagnostic box making it impossible for me to read codes or even diagnose the problems. Where can I buy those boxes?

  86. trevor says:

    why is my headlight adjuster and my console dimmer not working

  87. Lori (LGDTC) says:

    I have a 2006 Volvo XC90 and my thanks go to JOFTAA as he was 100% right. It was cold outside so I was shutting the door as well. Here’s his post (it’s listed earlier in this same column)

    JOFTAA says:

    December 5, 2010 at 3:57 am

    I could not get the method to work on my 2008 C-70. I called my U.S. Volvo dealership and they instructed me that the driver door needs to be open in order for the procedure to work. I thought that was strange, but since I could not get the procedure to work before, it could not hurt to try it.

    With the driver door open I did the following:
    (note: My trip meter was at 0 since I tried before and failed)

    1. Key to position 1
    2. Press and hold trip reset button
    3. Key to position 2
    4. Watched the orange “I” light on dash. After it started to flash, I waited until after the third flash and let go of the trip reset button. From what I understand, the timing of this is important.

    I shut off the car, closed my driver door and started the car. The maintenance message was reset.

  88. Robert says:

    This video will show you how to reset the service light on the 1993, 1994 and 1995 Volvo 850. The light is programmed to come on every 5,000 miles.

    http://youtu.be/oFAD63jPOOQ

  89. jim says:

    thanks joftaa worked for me too 2007 c70 what a guy! 🙂

  90. mantooth says:

    I DID IT!! The guy at the shop couldn’t but I reset the ‘maintenance’ light on my volvo60…with the help of one of the posts on this website.(maybe this computer is worth having after all) 🙂

  91. Doreen says:

    THANK YOU, JOFTA!!! I tried at least 5 different methods of getting rid of the maintenance message until I came upon yours. IT WORKED!

  92. j roberto says:

    tenho uma volvo sw 850 turbo ano 94/95 estou com defeito nele que aparece e some.
    tem hora que á aceleracao para nao acelera ,ai eu paro o carro desligo e ligo novamente o carro fica bom.
    alguem sabe o que pode ser ,me ajude.

  93. John says:

    09 Volvo XC70 w/keyless ignition: Can’t make the service light reset procedure work since don’t have key positions.

  94. ktom says:

    joftaa advice still good at
    3 years.reset my 2001 XC70.
    Be sure to leave left door
    open,turn key position 2,
    push and hold trip reset as
    “service engine”light blinks
    Be sure to release on 3rd blink.Turn off key,shut door,start engine and it is done.Thanks U joftaa.

  95. Arlan says:

    On my 99 Volvo V70XC:
    With door open, I turned the key to pos 1, then pressed and held the trip reset button, then turned key to pos II and waited till the service light started flashing, then counted 5 seconds from when it started flashing, then let go of the reset button. I turned the key off and shut the door and started it up and it worked with no more service light.

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  97. wess says:

    i have 1998 volvo v70 non turbo and the service light will not reset with odometer trick. can you please tell me how to reset unless i have to get a obd11 to do it with. thank you

  98. Gene V, says:

    “V70
    1999-2001
    Turn the ignition switch to position I.
    Press in trip meter RESET button. Turn ignition to position II.
    When the TRIP METER RESET button has been pressed for 10 seconds, the SRL lamp starts to flash.
    Release the TRIP METER RESET button within 5 seconds. The instrument produces a sound when resetting has been done successfully.
    Turn the ignition off and then start the engine to verify the indicator has been reset.”

    TonyB, JOFTAA, and to everyone in this website, I thank you so much for the help (to avoid the dealer hassle). I know first hand how the dealer here makes driving a volvo car stressful…when it should not be.

  99. ellen adore says:

    Useful ideas – I loved the information – Does anyone know where my business could access a template MA RMV-1 example to edit ?

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