Volvo has a long and solid reputation as a producer of safe and reliable vehicles. The Swedish car maker has been producing the S60 model since 2000 and its second generation version, the V60 from 2010 up to today. This compact executive vehicle utilizes a four-cylinder, turbocharged direct injection engine. As reliable as these Volvo models are, they do experience problems occasionally that may require the help of a qualified foreign car mechanic.
One issue that some 2nd generation S60/V60 Volvo drivers have experienced with their cars concerns the brightness of the instrument panel on their dashboard displays. The brightness of the instrument cluster seems to change on its own and doesn't correspond with the amount of natural light. The sensor, when working properly, is supposed to gauge the amount of sunlight and adjust itself accordingly. In theory, the brightness of the light will increase as the sun goes down. This sensor, often referred to as the twilight sensor, has been know to reset itself.
While this may not be a serious cause for concern for the driver, it is possible that this could be an indicator of a more serious electrical problem. Other sensors could also start to malfunction, like the rain sensors that detect when the car is driving through a tunnel which turns on the headlights automatically.
If you are the owner of a Volvo S60 or V60 and are experiencing issues with the brightness of your vehicle's instruments cluster, there may be an electrical problem that needs to be addressed. Be sure to take your car in to an independent Volvo service garage for a complete diagnosis and estimate for repair.
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