Tips to Handle Dashboard Failure in Your Volvoby europewpadmin July 11, 2022
Volvo is a well-known and popular car company that manufactures some of the best cars on the market. While they are known for their safety and durability, even Volvo cars can experience dashboard failure. This can be caused by a number of things, such as electronic failure, broken wires, failing gauges, or being unable to see important information like the gas gauge, engine temperature, or battery life. In this post, we will discuss some tips to help you handle dashboard failure in your Volvo.
What is on a Volvo’s dashboard?
A Volvo’s dashboard is full of important information and gauges. The most essential ones are the speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, and engine temperature gauge. There is also an odometer which tracks how many miles you have driven, as well as a gear shift indicator and a turn signal indicator.
Warning Signs of Dashboard Trouble
There are a few different signs that you may be experiencing dashboard trouble. One is if your speedometer or tachometer needle starts bouncing around or is inaccurate. Another sign is if your fuel gauge isn’t working properly, either reading empty when it’s not or not reading empty when it is. Lastly, if your engine temperature gauge isn’t working, this could be a problem.
Common Causes of a Dashboard Malfunction
There are a few different things that can cause your dashboard to malfunction:
- If the wires that connect it to your car’s computer system become damaged or broken, you can experience trouble with all or a portion of your visual output.
- Another possibility is if the technology itself fails, such as the speedometer gauge. An update may fix the problem or the gauge itself may need to be replaced.
- Lastly, your dashboard may fail if it becomes wet or water logged, which can happen if you spill something on it or drive through flooded roads. Be sure to towel off any moisture on your dashboard from a spill. It is also advisable to always stay away from flooded roads. If more than a quarter of your tire and rims are underwater, do not proceed to drive through it.
At Home Options for DIY Repairs
If you’re experiencing dashboard trouble, there are a few things you can do to try and fix it. First, check the fuse box to see if there is a blown fuse. If so, you may replace it and see if that fixes the problem. If not, try disconnecting and reconnecting the battery, as it may reset your dashboard. (Beware that you will lose your radio settings and programming, too.)
You may be uncomfortable working with the electronics of your car, as electronics can be dangerous, and a short in the circuitry can damage your entire car and your body. The best option is to bring your car to our trusted Volvo experts to diagnose the root cause and repair it quickly for you.
What to Do If You Experience Dashboard Failure
If you experience any of the above dashboard problems, the best thing to do is to take your car to our qualified Volvo mechanics as soon as possible. We will diagnose and fix the problem quickly and easily. In the meantime, try to avoid driving long distances or in stop-and-go traffic.
European Auto Tech
At European Auto Tech, our expert mechanics and staff have worked hard to establish a reputation of honest, high-quality service. We offer a full range of services and repairs for several different European automotive brands, including:
- Land Rover
With all of the newest innovative technology, tools, and equipment, European Auto Tech can offer accurate top-of-the-line services that are guaranteed under our 90-days/4,000 miles parts and labor warranty.
European Auto Tech is located in Plano, TX and services vehicles in Plano, Allen, Dallas, Flower Mound, Frisco, Highland Park, McKinney, Park Cities, Richardson, Southlake, and University Park, TX.
If you are a Volvo owner and need to bring your vehicle in for dashboard service, routine maintenance, or any other car care need, call European Auto Tech today! Our friendly staff is here to answer your questions and our technicians are at your service to keep your Volvo running in top condition!
* Volvo XC40 Dashboard image credit goes to: y_carfan.