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Volvo 850 Flashing Clock/Temp Display Fix

1994 Volvo 850 Turbo, personal car of Wikimedia author/user Ksnaden.

How do I fix my Volvo 850 flashing clock/temp display?

“After a blower motor repair I hooked the battery back up and while my repair was flawless, the clock/ temp. display is flashing and could not set the time, it flashes when the ignition is on or off, will this require an ODBII tool or possibly resetting the radio?”

If your Volvo 850 flashing clock/temp display is a problem, disconnect the battery again. Before reconnecting it, put your key in the ignition and turn it to position II (just short of cranking the car). This is the preferred method for newer cars and I’ve never read anything about this for the Volvo 850, but it certainly can’t hurt and it could bring things back to normalcy.

clock/ thermometer flashing

Volvo’s website on its heritage models shares this history about the car:

“Volvo unveiled an entirely new model series in June 1991, the Volvo 850 GLT. The Volvo 850 GLT was launched under the banner of “A dynamic car with four world-beating breakthroughs”.

The four new features were: transverse 5-cylinder engine driving the front wheels, Delta-link rear axle which combined the dynamics and ride comfort of independent suspension with the security of a live rear axle, the SIPS integrated side-impact protection system, and the self-adjusting front seat belt mechanism.

The exterior design of the 850 bore a strong Volvo identity, and its 740 and 940 heritage was immediately apparent.

Volvo 850 GLT received a tumultuous welcome; seldom has a new car reaped so many awards as the 850.

Over the intervening years, the 850 series has been expanded with additional variants, among them turbocharged petrol versions and a direct-injection turbo-diesel.

The Volvo 850 was also the first car in the world to offer side-impact airbags, which were introduced in autumn 1994.

In model year 1997, the S70 replaced the 850 Sedan car.”

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