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XC90 Suspension Noise

Old 07-27-2015, 08:30 PM
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Default XC90 Suspension Noise

My wife's XC90 was making noise on the driver's side. During an oil change, our mechanic, who we completely trust as a friend before we bought the car, advised us that the sway bar links were loose. I replaced both (full disclosure - used the cheap ones). The passenger side was noisy and settled in. The driver's side continues to be noisy.

I'm not interested in theories - I've had discussions on a bad sway bar link, bad sway bar, rack issues and others. If anyone has experience with this issue or knows of a common problem, I'm interested to learn more.


2007 XC90
152k miles
Old 09-06-2015, 04:40 PM
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depends on the noise - is it more of a thumping or a rattle? bad end links can sound similar to worn strut mounts (more of a thump than a rattle). Other areas to check out are the sway bar bushings/mount clips, strut mounts, control arms, but torque rods (motor mounts) can also create similar noises.
Old 09-07-2015, 09:17 AM
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The timing of you post coincided with resolving the issue. At the recommendation of a friend that is also a Volvo mechanic, I removed the inlinks to see if the noise remained. No surprise that it went away. I had installed the cheap inlinks, as I figured the difference in price was more about life span than anything. Since the car has 150k on it, I don't know how much longer we will keep it. I bought the better ones (almost twice the price), installed them and all is good.
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