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Time for Regular Service Message: C30, C70 2006+ S40, V50

How to reset a Volvo P1Time for Regular Service” Message…

  1. turn the ignition key to position I
  2. then press and hold the odometer reset button
  3. turn the key to position II
  4. hold the odometer reset button until the “I” message icon flashes
  5. quickly release the reset button and then turn the key to the off position
Reset Time For Regular Service -
How to reset Time For Regular Service/Maintenance – the most annoying message in the automotive world.

Service Message – Context & Background

Time for Regular Service — or in some markets Time for Regular Maintenance — is has won the Most Annoying Message™ award for twenty consecutive years.

First thing to remember is don’t be worried by this. It’s not an indicator that something has gone wrong. It’s simply a message triggered by a dumb countdown timer or mileage counter. That’s it.

Unlike a Oil Light, Coolant Light or some other dashboard terror, it’s not telling you to pull over, or stop the car, or drive straight to your Volvo service department (with a quick stop at your bank to withdraw money).

It’s not even as bad as the generally benign Check Engine Light.

So What Should You Do?

Reset it then do the regular maintenance it’s telling you to do. Regular maintenance is obviously a good thing, it keeps your Volvo running smoothly and will increase its value if you sell it

Resetting the “Time for Regular Service” Message

When your car’s check engine light illuminates your dashboard, it’s usually accompanied by a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. The light could be a minor issue, such as a faulty gas cap, or it could mean something more serious, such as a misfiring engine. In many cases, it means that you’ll be visiting the car dealer to repair the issue and get the light turned off.

The check engine light — more formally known as the malfunction indicator lamp — is a signal from the car’s engine computer that something is wrong.

1 Comment

Sean O'Callaghan says:

Cheers for the info. I just got the message ‘Book time for a service’ and was about to do my service, but I have now learnt that this comes up around 6 weeks before the service is actually due when the ‘Time for regular service’ message comes up, so I will wait off for a few more weeks.

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