Volvo XC90 2015-2021 Owners Manual / Starting and driving / Overheating of engine and transmission

Volvo XC90: Starting and driving / Overheating of engine and transmission

In certain driving conditions, such as driving in mountainous areas or hot weather, there is a risk of the engine or transmission overheating, especially when carrying heavy loads.

  • Engine power may be temporarily limited.
  • Remove any auxiliary lights mounted in front of the grille when driving in hot weather.
  • If the temperature in the engine's cooling system becomes too high, a warning symbol will appear in the instrument panel along with the message Engine temperature High temperature Stop safely. Pull over to a safe location and let the engine idle for a few minutes to cool down.
  • If the message Engine temperature High temperature Turn off engine or Engine coolant Level low, turn off engine is displayed, stop the vehicle and turn off the engine.
  • If the transmission begins to overheat, an alternative gear shifting program will be selected. An integrated protective function will also be activated, the warning symbol will illuminate and the message Transmission warm Reduce speed to lower temperature or Transmission hot Stop safely, wait for cooling will be displayed in the instrument panel. Follow the recommendations given by reducing speed or stopping the vehicle safely and letting the engine idle for a few minutes to let the transmission cool.
  • If the vehicle begins to overheat, the air conditioning may be temporarily switched off.
  • After a prolonged period of driving in demanding conditions, do not turn off the engine immediately after stopping.


It is normal for the engine's cooling fan to operate for a short time after the engine is switched off.

Symbols in the instrument panel

Volvo XC90. Overheating of engine and transmission

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