2015 Volvo S60: Not the Slickest Oil Check
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on February 16, 2016
The long-term test of our 2015 Volvo S60 is nearing its end. Service intervals are every 10,000 miles and, as we haven't quite cleared 20,000 miles yet, we're unlikely to take it in for its next service. I was curious what the engine oil level has been during 10,000 miles of driving though, so I went to take a look.
Cue minor frustration with electronic engine oil monitor.
There's no dipstick underhood for the four-cylinder Drive-E engine. Instead you get an electronic oil level monitor that can be summoned in the gauge cluster display. Unfortunately, it's not immediately clear how to use it.
Sometimes these indicators work while you're driving along, so I tried that. But the result was the above photo: blanked out. Pushing various control stalk buttons did nothing to change this. Hmm. OK, how about when stopped and the engine switched off? Same result. I eventually gave up and looked in the owner's manual.
After reading, it seemed pretty clear that I needed to check the oil level with the engine off. But didn't I try that already? The manual does mention that you have to be in "Ignition Mode II," which I took to mean pushing the engine start button without my foot on the brake (i.e., accessory mode). Still no luck. Hmm.
I did more research and discovered that you can't access Ignition Mode II with the remote access ignition key in your pocket, which was the way I was trying to do it. The fob has to be in the holder slot. After realizing my mistake, I was finally able to activate the oil level monitor.
The oil level in our S60 is just fine. But getting this information was more of a hassle than I expected.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 19,948 miles