Volvo XC90 2015-2023 Owners Manual / Maintenance and service / Automatic car washes

Volvo XC90: Maintenance and service / Automatic car washes

The vehicle should be washed as soon as it becomes dirty. The longer the dirt remains, the more difficult it will be to keep the vehicle clean. It could also lead to paint damage.

Washing your vehicle in an automatic car wash is a fast and easy way to keep your vehicle clean, but it does not reach all areas of the vehicle. Volvo recommends washing your vehicle by hand or supplementing automatic car washes with a hand wash.


Volvo recommends not washing the vehicle in an automatic car wash during the first few months; the paintwork on new vehicles takes some time to fully harden.


Before driving the vehicle into a car wash, deactivate the Automatic Braking when Stationary and Automatic Parking Brake Application functions. If the functions are not deactivated, the brake system will seize when the vehicle is stationary and the vehicle will not be able to roll.


For automatic car washes in which the vehicle is pulled forward on rolling wheels:

  1. Before washing the vehicle, make sure that the automatic rain sensor is deactivated. If it is not deactivated and inadvertently starts, the wiper arms could be damaged.
  2. To help prevent damage from the automatic car wash machinery, make sure that the door mirrors are folded in, antennas retracted or removed, and any auxiliary lights secured.
  3. Drive into the automatic car wash.
  4. Turn off the "Automatic Braking when Stationary" function using the Volvo XC90. Automatic car washes button in the tunnel console.
  • Turn off the "Automatic Parking Brake Application" function in the center display's Top view.
  • Turn off the engine by turning the start knob in the tunnel console clockwise. Hold the knob in position for at least 2 seconds.

The vehicle is now ready for the automatic car wash.


The system will automatically change to P mode if the above steps are not followed. In P mode, the wheels are locked, which they should not be when the vehicle is being washed in a car wash.


Keep in mind that if the vehicle is equipped with the keyless locking and unlocking function*, the doors and tailgate/trunk lid may open when washing the vehicle if the remote key is within range.

Testing the brakes


Always test the brakes after washing the vehicle, including the parking brake, to ensure moisture and corrosion do not attach the brake pads and impair brake functionality.

Lightly depress the brake pedal from time to time when driving long distances in rain or slush. The heat from the friction will help warm up and dry the brake pads. Do the same after starting the vehicle in very damp or cold weather.

* Option/accessory.

    Hand washing

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    High-pressure washing

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