Volvo 245 1978 Owners Manual PDF | Page 45

1978 Volvo 242 244 245
More frequent vehicle maintenance is required.
Roof rack
Use a sturdy roof rack, intended for the vehicle and rigidly attached.
It is not advisable to let the roof rack remain in place during extended periods of time. Also, an empty
roof rack increases drag and fuel consumption.
Avoid point loads. Distribute the load evenly.
Place the heavy cargo at bottom of load.
Observe that center of gravity and handling are influenced by the load weight.
Increasing load size increases wind resistance.
Anchor the cargo correctly with a cord.
Drive carefully. Avoid rapid starts, heavy cornering and heavy braking.
Max. roof load is 220 lbs (100 kg).
Handling, roadholding
Vehicle load, tire design and inflation pressure are important for proper handling. Therefore check that
the tires are inflated to the recommended pressure according to the vehicle load.
It is recommended to use tires of the same make and dimensions on all four wheels.
CAUTION!
Do not mix radial ply and bias ply tires as this will adversely alter the vehicle handling
characteristics.
Driving with trunk lid open
Normally this involves no hazard to the passengers. However, exhaust gases can be sucked into the car.
As this is especially true for the 245 model always heed the following safety precautions.
Close the windows.
Set the heating system FLOOR and DEF to max. and the blower to full speed (3). See section titled
"Heating and Ventilation".
pg. 39 Brake system
Moisture on brake discs and brake pads affects braking.
Driving in rain and slush or passing through a normal car wash can cause water to collect on the brake
discs and pads. This will cause a delay in braking effect when the pedal is depressed. To avoid such a
delay when the brakes are needed, depress the pedal occasionally when driving.
This will remove the water from the brakes. This should also be done after washing or starting in very
damp weather.
If the brake power assist does not function-
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1978 Volvo 242 244 245 More frequent vehicle maintenance is required. Roof rack Use a sturdy roof rack, intended for the vehicle and rigidly attached. It is not advisable to let the roof rack remain in place during extended periods of time. Also, an empty roof rack increases drag and fuel consumption. Avoid point loads. Distribute the load evenly. Place the heavy cargo at bottom of load. Observe that center of gravity and handling are influenced by the load weight. Increasing load size increases wind resistance. Anchor the cargo correctly with a cord. Drive carefully. Avoid rapid starts, heavy cornering and heavy braking. Max. roof load is 220 lbs (100 kg). Handling, roadholding Vehicle load, tire design and inflation pressure are important for proper handling. Therefore check that the tires are inflated to the recommended pressure according to the vehicle load. It is recommended to use tires of the same make and dimensions on all four wheels. CAUTION! Do not mix radial ply and bias ply tires as this will adversely alter the vehicle handling characteristics. Driving with trunk lid open Normally this involves no hazard to the passengers. However, exhaust gases can be sucked into the car. As this is especially true for the 245 model always heed the following safety precautions. Close the windows. Set the heating system FLOOR and DEF to max. and the blower to full speed (3). See section titled "Heating and Ventilation". pg. 39 Brake system Moisture on brake discs and brake pads affects braking. Driving in rain and slush or passing through a normal car wash can cause water to collect on the brake discs and pads. This will cause a delay in braking effect when the pedal is depressed. To avoid such a delay when the brakes are needed, depress the pedal occasionally when driving. This will remove the water from the brakes. This should also be done after washing or starting in very damp weather. If the brake power assist does not function- file:///K|/ownersdocs/1978/1978_242_244_245/78242244245_02.htm (9 of 11)12/22/2006 10:11:26 PM