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Checking for stored DTCs on S80 without a scantool

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Checking for stored DTCs on S80 without a scantool

Post by stevick » Wed Nov 30, 2005 12:37 am

The dealer service guy showed me this trick (on the sly), claiming it will show whether any DTC fault codes are stored in the system. It works on my 2000 S80, and might be worth a try for others. Here's the procedure:
(1) start the car
(2) turn on the onboard computer to a display setting (say, average speed)
(3) hold down the "read" button on the turn signal arm for a few seconds and while still holding it down, do a quick double tap on the fog light button, then release the "read" button
(4) the message window will display the message "CHECKING DTCS", if you don't get this message, repeat (3) above until you do
(5) within a couple seconds, the message in my car changes to read "DTCS IN VEHICLE"
(6) now push the read button again to read each of the individual system modules (each push advances to read the next module sequentially). Mine reads as follows:

I take the "DTCS IN VEHICLE" combined with "UEM DTC SET" to mean that I have a stored fault code in the Upper Electronics Module. It apparently does not give the actual code though, requiring the dealer's system to read and clear it.

I had not seen mention of this elsewhere, nor was I able to find any documentation of this function. I'm curious what readings others get. If nothing else, I hope this may help someone avoid unnecessary expense at the dealer.


CAN Functionality Check

Post by Chapstick » Wed Nov 30, 2005 7:25 am

Actual procedure is:

Turn key to pos II or start the engine.
Press and hold down [READ] on the the turn signal lever, and press the rear fog light button 3 times quickly.
Press [READ] to advance to the next item.

BCM - Brake Control Module
SAS - Steering Wheel Angle Sensor
SRS - Safety Restraint System
ECM - Engine Control Module
AUM - Audio Module
and so on.
Benefit will verify that you have a stored DTC in a system that may not be supported in the DIM window.


Post by stevick » Thu Dec 01, 2005 6:06 pm

Thanks chapstick! Do you know what the significance, if any, of "checking" vs. "ready" on the readout?


Ready vs Checking

Post by Chapstick » Sat Dec 03, 2005 3:59 pm

Ready is echo complete, whereas Checking is host dependency is waiting.
TCM, ECM, etc. still need to go through further cycles to finish verification.
DIM, AUM, SRS, etc. are checked without driving or further data exchange.

The TCM, for example, will do solenoid checks, geartronic circuit grounding checks,etc., but inorder to determine gear pressure, vpm feedback, and so on, it must be driven.

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Re: Checking for stored DTCs on S80 without a scantool

Post by jazz2469 » Fri Feb 08, 2013 3:24 am

Is there a way to check codes for 2000 C70 2.3 motor B5234T it has turbo and I belive it to be the high pressure system I'm so confused please help :shock: :shock:

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Re: Checking for stored DTCs on S80 without a scantool

Post by precopster » Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:57 pm

To read this vehicle you need either a Vida/Dice system to install to laptop or a Autel EU-702 scanner which has pre-loaded Volvo files on board.

Most garage scanners will also read and reset most codes. The latter 2 will also reset ABS and SRS codes for your car.
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Re: Checking for stored DTCs on S80 without a scantool

Post by doscascos » Tue May 10, 2016 6:31 pm

Sooo, dtc set means theres a code that you need vida to read?

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Re: Checking for stored DTCs on S80 without a scantool

Post by Randy Oehlert » Sun Jun 12, 2016 10:33 pm

I tried this way to check why my cel had just come on a few days ago on my S 80 2.9. I tried several times and get nothing showing up in my display except what should be there, average mph. Average speed, fuel milage 23. ,mpg. Etc...
Nothing about the DTC or anything different. The car is running great, everything works no problems at all. I have 132k miles, in the last month Iv replaced all struts, shocks , all new brakes rotors calipers pads, new timing belt ,water pump ,timing belt tensioner, pulley everything new and I done 5he same with serpentine belt system.
Took a road trip last week to south Texas logged about 1000 miles on Texas highways where speed limits are 80 mph.so I set cruise at 85 maybe 87 mph. drove at that constant speed for 500 miles there San Antonio and then the same on returning home north Texas. 22 to 23 mpg. Car running perfect. Air conditioning cold, out side temperature 90 / 95 f. Humidity close to 80 %. I have rebuilt this S 80 2.9 over the past several months every nut and bolt in my shop by myself except for help from FPC ,Matthews, ,and a few other sites lots and lots of parts orders and lots of reading about Volvo and mostly S802.9. There is no Volvo dealer with tools, knowledge and experience in my area that I would let work on my Volvo.
The closest true Volvo dealership is over 350 miles from me. Over 700 mile round trip to find why my cel is on. I feel sure it a emissions system problem. But I only need a starting point. I'm not a part replacer. I'm electrical engineer and master mechanic/technician working in the automotive industry since 1977 for GM.
BUT right now I'm feeling like the Volvo is winning, I just don't have the tools I need to get the info I need. me vs Volvo and right now I'm backing away , time to find purchase the right tool for the job.
Can someone inform me. where I can purchase a reader or software or whatever it takes to be able to read everything on my S 80 controls systems. So far every reader that has been connected to my car can't read the DTC or shows no codes with the cel glowing bright? Thank you in advance for your help. And sorry for running on and on about my Volvo and my problems with Volvo. I originally got the car to flip it, fix it up and sell it for profit, then buy something different a and do it again, but this is my first Volvo and I ended up falling for her. She's my viking call her the Swed.
but I'm supposed to be loyal to GM, that's ok, she's part GM.. I'M GONE over and out ...

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Re: Checking for stored DTCs on S80 without a scantool

Post by Cees Klumper » Sun Jun 12, 2016 11:02 pm

My scanner-re-setter is the icarsoft i906 that is specifically for Volvo. Less than $100 and it's been perfect for my S80 and c70. Good luck,

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