Volvo S80 A performance sedan that offers top notch luxury, outstanding handling and so much more.

Front end clunking noise

  #1  
Old 12-25-2008, 02:51 PM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 86
Default Front end clunking noise

Happy Holidays all,

What seemed like a minor, occasional noise a few months ago is happening a lot lately and I will happily accept anyone's advice.
It feels like the front end bottoms-out very easily lately at low speeds and it sounds like a serious clunking.
I have read about strut mounts, struts, spring seats, sway bar end links, tie rod ends. I am sure there are more things that I haven't read about.
Can anyone offer a suggestion before my yearly hosing at the repair shop?
It is an '02 T6, with 76K on it.

BTW i I did my own brakes and rotors (with help). Are replacing the spark plugs easier or harder for a novice like myself?
 
  #2  
Old 12-25-2008, 11:19 PM
tech's Avatar
Administrator
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Orlando, Florida
Posts: 36,351
Default RE: Front end clunking noise

I would say bad spring seat or sway bar end links.
If you haven't messed with springs I would be careful messing with springs.
 
  #3  
Old 12-26-2008, 10:54 AM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 86
Default RE: Front end clunking noise

Thanks Tech, as usual.
Anyway I can tell if these things are bad, or does an expert ned to?
If it is these things, about how much do you think I am looking at, and how long can this go unrepaired before I am very sorry?
 
  #4  
Old 12-26-2008, 05:34 PM
tech's Avatar
Administrator
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Orlando, Florida
Posts: 36,351
Default RE: Front end clunking noise

Try turning the top strut nut under the hood. If it turns they are bad.
Not sure exactly sure of the cost. If you did want to try yourself we can walk you through it.
 
  #5  
Old 12-28-2008, 07:28 AM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 86
Default RE: Front end clunking noise

Thanks Tech. I will try this morning.
 
  #6  
Old 12-28-2008, 11:39 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location:
Posts: 398
Default RE: Front end clunking noise

The spring seats are about $25 to $35 if you buy them from Advanced Auto. IPD sells stronger ones. I had one replaced not too long ago. I won't mess with the springs. It shouldn't cost too much to have it done if you wont want to do it yourself, but dont let them take you for a ride either.

If that nut goes round and round, then you know it's the seat. If it's springy when you try to turn it, then Tech will have to give you advice from there.
 
  #7  
Old 12-28-2008, 06:27 PM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 86
Default RE: Front end clunking noise

Thanks Guys,
I guess I need to remove those three nuts and cover to get to the top strut nut, right?
 
  #8  
Old 12-28-2008, 07:09 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location:
Posts: 311
Default RE: Front end clunking noise

Pretty easy job if you take your time... be careful with the springs. Just did these about a month ago as well.
 
  #9  
Old 12-28-2008, 07:28 PM
tech's Avatar
Administrator
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Orlando, Florida
Posts: 36,351
Default RE: Front end clunking noise

No the one that comes out of the center in the middle of the 3 nuts is the one you need to try to spin. There might be a plastic cover over the nut that you will need to remove.
 
  #10  
Old 12-29-2008, 07:18 AM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 86
Default RE: Front end clunking noise

Thanks guys. I'll get out there today.

75, you said you did this job. Did you do it yourself? Did you replace the struts as well? Are you more than 'average' handy'? Most importantly, did replacing the springs fix the problem?
Tech, I just read your thread on early replacement of the timing belt. Gulp. My s80 has 77K on it. Should I be be planning on this procedure? What should I look for in a new mechanic? Should I offer to supply the parts?

Thanks again guys!
 
  #11  
Old 12-29-2008, 07:46 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location:
Posts: 311
Default RE: Front end clunking noise

Yes, I did do this one myself... it wasn't the springs that were the issue, is what the spring seats that had the bearing torn away from the molded rubber. It would "clunk" over bumps. If I do one side, I do the other figuring it would happen on that side next soon anyway! Thus, both sides with new seats and bearings. When you have the "tops" off the suspension, you have the bearing/seat/spring all off the strut thus you could replace the strut if needed. Pay attention to the eccentric settings for camber though...

As far as the timing belt, I did a write up on my experience with it... it can be found here:

https://volvoforums.com/m_101491/tm.htm

As far as experience, hard to judge my own experience...

Good luck!
 
  #12  
Old 12-30-2008, 07:00 AM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 86
Default RE: Front end clunking noise

Thanks again 75. Did you find instructions on VADIS? If so can I should be able to find them on mine.
 
  #13  
Old 12-30-2008, 07:53 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location:
Posts: 311
Default RE: Front end clunking noise

Yes, I did... I used those as a reference... couple things to add in though:

Use blue loctite on the three bolts on the top and be cautious on getting the struts in/out to not scratch the paint!
 
  #14  
Old 01-02-2009, 01:56 PM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 86
Default RE: Front end clunking noise

I finally got out there. The nuts are "springy" not loose. Are spring seats still the diagnosis?
 
  #15  
Old 01-02-2009, 02:06 PM
tech's Avatar
Administrator
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Orlando, Florida
Posts: 36,351
Default RE: Front end clunking noise

If they are springy then they are good.
 
  #16  
Old 01-02-2009, 04:53 PM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 86
Default RE: Front end clunking noise

Thanks Tech. Now what should I be considering?
 
  #17  
Old 01-02-2009, 09:10 PM
tech's Avatar
Administrator
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Orlando, Florida
Posts: 36,351
Default RE: Front end clunking noise

Sway bar end links. With the car jacked up you can pull on the sway bar on each side and feel for a click which would mean play in it.
 
  #18  
Old 01-05-2009, 05:54 PM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 86
Default RE: Front end clunking noise

You nailed it Tech. Click click. Anyone know of a link that describes replacing sway bars and their peripherals?
 
  #19  
Old 01-05-2009, 07:29 PM
tech's Avatar
Administrator
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Orlando, Florida
Posts: 36,351
Default RE: Front end clunking noise

Sorry no link but if it is just the links that are bad its only 2 nuts per side and it is off.

To replace the entire sway bar you need to drop the subframe.

But im guessing it is just the links that are bad.
http://www.fcpgroton.com/product-exe...ategory_id/193
That should be what you need.
 
  #20  
Old 01-05-2009, 08:12 PM
BCP
BCP is offline
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location:
Posts: 9
Default RE: Front end clunking noise

Good info, mine is also clunking (LH side only) over bumps. I'll have to check out the parts mentioned!
 

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Front end clunking noise


Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.