Reduce your Volvo's diesel engine harmful emissions by up to 90% by using an additive called DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) or AdBlue, which is essential to keep you on the move.

Because your engine needs AdBlue® to function, your Volvo workshop will fill up your AdBlue® tank at every service. But it may also need refilling between services. You can refill AdBlue® yourself by simply referring to the Volvo handbook. However, please be aware that the liquid can stain clothing, so the service team at Clive Brook Volvo in Bradford and Huddersfield, West Yorkshire will be happy to refill it for you.


What is AdBlue® and how does it work?

It’s a colourless, non-toxic, non-flammable and biodegradable urea solution. Your car’s Selective Catalytic Reduction System uses it to convert nitrogen oxides (NOx) into nitrogen, water and tiny amounts of carbon dioxide: all natural ingredients of the air we breathe.

How often do I refill with AdBlue®?

In normal driving conditions, one refill should be enough between services. However, depending on your driving style, mid-service top-ups may be required.

How do I know my car needs a refill?

A message will appear in your driver display approximately 1,500 miles before the AdBlue® tank is empty. Further messages will appear if the level becomes critically low.

Where on my car do I refill with AdBlue®?

AdBlue® has a separate filler cap next to the fuel cap. AdBlue® should only be added to the correct chamber as it will damage the engine if mixed with fuel.

What if I forget to top up the AdBlue® tank?

The engine cannot be started without a minimum of 3 litres of AdBlue®.

Where can I buy AdBlue®?

It’s available at your Volvo dealer, and most service stations in top-up bottles.

How many litres does my car need?

The car needs a minimum of 3 litres and up to a maximum of 16 litres, depending on the model.

How can I check the AdBlue® level?

Open the ‘Car Status’ app in the centre display. Press Status, and you will see the AdBlue® level right below the oil level.