How to Change the Oil in Volvo Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

The Volvo car is a small but stylish three-door hatchback from this Swedish automaker. The Volvo car is aimed squarely at first-time Volvo car buyers as well as the youth market. Like any European car (and most cars for that matter), having the Volvo car worked on at the dealer can be an expensive proposition. Simple maintenance items such as an oil and filter change can be done easily by the owner with the right tools and approach. Changing the oil in a Volvo car should take under an hour.

Under The Hood:

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Drive the front end of the Volvo up onto the jack stand ramps. Open the hood. Remove the lid for the oil filter housing, located on the passenger side of the engine. Remove the oil filter cartridge inside the housing.

Remove the six 10 mm bolts that hold the black skid plate to the chassis under the engine to get at the oil drain pan.

Place the oil drain pan below the engine. Loosen and remove the 17 mm drain plug with a socket and the ratchet. Allow the oil to drain out for 15 or 20 minutes. Wipe up any spilled oil.

Reinstall the oil drain bolt with a new crush washer and tighten the drain bolt. Do not over-tighten. Reinstall the skid plate.

Clean the inside of the oil filter housing. Install a new cartridge filter and O-ring in the oil filter housing. Reinstall the lid for the oil filter housing. Tighten the bolt that holds the housing on with a torque wrench to 25 foot-pounds.

Remove the oil cap from the top of the engine. Pour 7.7 quarts of oil into the engine with the funnel. Replace the oil cap. Back the car off the ramps.

Items you will need

  • Socket set and ratchet

  • Torque wrench

  • Oil drain pan

  • Jack stand ramps

  • Rags

  • Funnel

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Raise the front of the vehicle using the jack and set it on the jack stands. Make sure that the vehicle is solidly on the stands before crawling underneath it.

Slide underneath the car and unbolt the skid plate from the bottom of the engine using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Set the bolts to the side and move the plastic skid plate out of the workspace so you can work on the oil pan and filter.

Set the oil drain pan underneath the oil pan. Unbolt the drain pan plug from the pan using the ratchet and allow the oil to drain into the pan. Once it's done, reinstall the drain plug using the ratchet.

Move the drain pan toward the oil filter, then use the Volvo oil filter wrench to remove the casing on the cartridge-style oil filter from the engine. Allow the oil to drain and slide the cartridge off of the mount as well, assuming it didn't come off with the housing. Place a replacement filter in the cartridge and fill it with oil, then reinstall it onto the engine using the oil filter tool.

Reinstall the skid plate on the bottom of the car using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Lower the vehicle off of the jack stands using the jack and pop the hood. Open the oil cap and pour the remainder of the oil into the engine. Start the engine and allow it to run for 5 minutes to allow the engine oil to circulate throughout the engine.

Items you will need

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Oil drain pan

  • 3/8-inch ratchet and socket set

  • Volvo cartridge-style oil filter wrench

  • Replacement oil filter cartridge

  • 6.1 quarts of 10W30 motor oil

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Open the hood and remove the 10mm bolts that hold the cowling (the plastic covering that houses the engine) in place.

Remove the two plastic pins that hold the cowling in place, using the flathead screwdriver. Remove the cowling and store it in a safe place.

Place the oil drain pan directly underneath the drain plug. Remove the plug with a 17mm socket. Adjust the pan as the oil drains out and the flow becomes less. Clean the drain plug and the drain hole after the oil has drained. Replace the plug in the drain hole with the torque wrench.

Move the oil drain pan underneath the filter. Remove the drain plug from the filter with the 6mm hex head socket.

Use a 76mm filter cap wrench to take off the filter cartridge housing after the filter has drained. Remove the O rings with a screwdriver . Lubricate the new O rings with oil and install the new rings.

Replace the oil filter cartridge. Tighten the oil filter housing by hand. Replace the drain plug for the filter housing with a torque wrench and 6mm hex head bit socket. Tighten the filter housing with a torque wrench and a 76mm cap oil filter wrench.

Replace the cowling and add the oil to the car. Start with four quarts and check the dipstick to see if the oil is in the normal range.

Items you will need

  • 4 quarts 5w20 weight motor oil

  • Oil filter cartridge

  • 2 O rings

  • 10mm socket

  • 17mm socket

  • Small slotted screwdriver

  • Torque wrench with range 10n-m to 30 n-m

  • 6mm hex head socket

  • 76mm cap type oil filter wrench

  • Oil drain pan

  • Ramps, lift, or jack stands

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Raise the Volvo with a floor jack and lower the front of it onto a pair of jack stands. Remove the seven Torx (star-shaped) bolts that hold the engine splash shield to the underside of the car with a socket and a Torx bit.

Remove the two bolts that hold on the air intake with a socket. This is located between the middle of the car and the passenger side, just behind the grill.

Loosen the oil filter housing cap with a 36 mm socket. You will need to use an extension on the ratchet to reach the cap---it is located below the air intake that was removed in Step 2.

Place an oil drain container under the engine and the oil drain plug. Remove the oil drain plug in the bottom of the engine with a 17 mm socket and ratchet. Let the oil drain until the dripping stops.

Finish loosening and remove the oil filter housing cap. Remove the cartridge filter if it did not come out with the cap. Install a new filter. Thread the filter housing cap back on and tighten it with the socket and ratchet.

Reinstall the oil drain plug with a new copper crush washer and tighten it. This is also a good time to upgrade to a magnetic drain plug, which will pick up any metal in the oil from the engine.

Open the oil cap on top of the engine. Fill the motor with 6.1 quarts of 5W30 synthetic motor oil. Reinstall the air intake with the two bolts that hold it on. Lower the car off of the jack stands. Start the engine and ensure that there are no oil leaks.

Items you will need

  • Floor jack

  • Jack stands

  • Socket set and ratchet

  • Torx bits

  • 6.1 quarts of oil

  • New filter

  • New crush washer

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Place the ramps in front of the Volvo and start the engine. Let it run for a few minutes to warm the engine up, then drive it up on the ramps. Set the emergency brake before getting under the vehicle.

Climb under the Volvo. Locate the oil pan and the bolt in the bottom of the pan. This bolt will need to be removed to drain the old oil. Before removing it, place the oil catch pan under the bolt. Use a socket and socket driver to loosen the bolt and the remove it by hand. As the bolt comes out, oil will flow freely from the oil pan, so be ready with the catch pan.

Locate the oil filter as the old oil is draining from the vehicle. Use the oil filter wrench to loosen the oil filter, then remove it by hand. Oil will drain from filter as well, so be ready with the catch pan.

Replace the bolt in the bottom of the oil pan when it is done draining. Remove a new filter from its box. Using a new bottle of oil, spread a thin layer of oil on the new filter's gasket. Screw the new filter into place in the engine.

Open the hood and locate the oil fill tube. Remove the cap from the tube. Using a funnel, begin filling the engine with oil. Consult the owner's manual for the exact amount of oil to add to the engine.

Drive the vehicle off the ramps. Pour the used oil into a plastic jug to be disposed of properly. Most auto parts stores will take used oil for recycling.

With proper oil changes, vehicles should run without problems for many years.

Items you will need

  • Vehicle Ramps

  • Oil Filter Wrench

  • Sockets

  • Socket Driver

  • Six Quarts of Oil

  • New Oil Filter

  • Oil Catch Pan

  • Funnel

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