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

Suspension knocking

  #1  
Old 01-14-2011, 09:03 AM
Junior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 2
Angry Suspension knocking

Hello guys,
I have a 99S80T; I changed all Shocks and Struts (KYB) on the car 2 months ago. Before that there was a lot of knocking sounds when I drive over even a small bump on the road- the reason I changed all the shocks and struts.
However, the noises are still there now even when I go over a tiny crack on the road. It is really annoying.
The car bumps up too much when it goes over even a small crack in the road. It really sounds like something is loose or broken in the suspension. I dont know what it could be..thought changing the shocks and struts will eliminate that problem but not at all.
I really appreciate any advice or if anyone has this problem.
Many thanks.
 
  #2  
Old 01-14-2011, 11:33 AM
Member
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 32
Default

Did you check the spring seats? The steel bushing inside the spring perches separates from the metal allowing the strut top to clunk around.
 
  #3  
Old 01-14-2011, 02:15 PM
Junior Member
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 8
Default

I would definitely replace the spring seats. They should have been replaced with the struts to save money on labor. I just got mine done yesterday for $250 (parts and labor), but my struts were fine. Now all the front-end noise is gone. If you have some experience you might be able to do this yourself. You will need a spring compressor, some other standard tools, and lots of spare time (2-3 hrs per side). I have heard that the cross-shaped nut at the top can be removed with vice grips if you are careful. I was going to try this myself with some friends, but they were too busy.
 
  #4  
Old 01-14-2011, 03:47 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 110
Default

Would this be likely to be the same thing I'm having which is a lot of squeaking/clunking from the front driver side?

Car seems to handle fine but really noisy.

I thought there may be some sort of suspension issue so I called a local Ford dealer (as I understand it, these share a lot of Ford stuff) a couple weeks ago and they said no problem to work on my car (2000 S80)
 
  #5  
Old 01-14-2011, 04:26 PM
Member
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 32
Default

Most likely the same issue. It's a very common failure; search this site for "spring seats" and you should find more good info. Mine showed up as a squeaking and thunking.
It's such a common failure that there are heavy duty aftermarket versions available. I figured the originals lasted 80k mi, so I didn't fork over the extra money for the HD version.
 
  #6  
Old 01-14-2011, 06:00 PM
Junior Member
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 6
Default

Sway bar end links, drove me crazy ,common problem with these cars,knocking noise just backing out of driveway.IPD makes heavy duty ones.If the tech was worth his salt he would have noticed the spring seat bushing separated from the seats when he instaled the struts .The end links are fairly cheap fifteen twenty dollars each most good auto part stores have them.FCP groton,euro parts both in conn. 2001 S-80 74000
 

Last edited by seefest; 01-14-2011 at 06:56 PM.
  #7  
Old 01-17-2011, 11:02 AM
Junior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 2
Default

Thanks very much to all of you. However, I did replace both spring bushings when I did the struts.
So it looks like it is something else. I will get my mechanic to check the sway bar links.
 
  #8  
Old 01-23-2011, 03:52 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 879
Default

Im going to get my suspension inspected soon but I think the spring seat is the culprit in this case for me as well..
Car was fine, I get a friend to drop me to the airport in it and when I get it back i get that horrible knocking noise... Looks like he may have slammed it on a few speedbumps where I live or something..
 
  #9  
Old 01-27-2011, 02:28 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 110
Default

Follow up: Took it in yesterday to local Ford dealer and dang.... they want to replace practically everything. Almost 2k worth of parts/labor. I'll wait till it's warmer and look into this myself or find a shop that is willing to fix the actual problem instead of replacing everything.

Originally Posted by Falasi4 View Post
Would this be likely to be the same thing I'm having which is a lot of squeaking/clunking from the front driver side?

Car seems to handle fine but really noisy.

I thought there may be some sort of suspension issue so I called a local Ford dealer (as I understand it, these share a lot of Ford stuff) a couple weeks ago and they said no problem to work on my car (2000 S80)
 
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
LOVEvolvos
Volvo 850
37
04-24-2012 10:36 PM
tempusfugitive
Volvo 240, 740 & 940
1
08-31-2005 07:08 PM
nedvh03
Volvo 260, 760 & 960
4
08-03-2005 09:39 PM
don_pam3352
Volvo S40
1
06-11-2005 04:15 PM
ripleydog
Volvo S60 & V60
1
01-31-2005 01:26 AM


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Suspension knocking


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.