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What's the deal with these car's and suspension issues??

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Old 02-14-2011, 04:00 AM
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I tell ya, I love my S80 but I've had it when it comes to repairs... My car is now squeaking again in the front end and it's bad.

So far since I've owned it for two years I've replaced the following:

Sway Bar and Linkage
Both front lower control arms
Both Front and rear Struts and Mounts
Ball Joints
Full Transmission Rebuild at 128,000
Ignition Coils
Drivers Power Window Assembly

I know I'm missing something but am having my records pulled to verify. On top of that multiple alignments. Mind you all done at a "non" Volvo garage because I can't afford to take it to one.

Now it's squeaking again in the right front. When I turn the wheel to the left the right front wheel squeals. When I drive the car it squeaks when I hit bumps. When I lean on the right front of the car it squeaks. However, the car drives smooth and straight. No shaking no steering issues? What could be doing this? Any ideas? I can't afford to keep dumping money into this but I need to keep it now after a $3,700 Trans rebuild!!!!

The car creeks as well and has since the suspension work started on this about two years ago. No one can figure out what is causing the creaking and squeaking. It's so frustrating to keep pumping money out for a car that is only an 04'....... I swear I bought a used lemon because I've had nothing but problems with this car two months after I bought it.

Car is an 04 S80 T6 with 132,000.
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Assuming you mean 132,000 miles, I think you're actually not doing all that bad. Suspension wears, and depending on the quality of the parts used to replace, the new parts could be wearing prematurely as well. The only part that is questionable in terms of repair time line would be the transmission, but you do have a T6 and that puts a lot more stress on it.

I don't believe you bought a lemon, rather the car is just getting worn. Unfortunately European cars are little more maintenance then their Japanese friends.
 
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I somewhat agree, however I've never had this many suspension issues with any of my other cars which range from Ford, Chevy, Dodge etc in and around the millage area.

Also keep in mind that the problems mentioned above started shortly after I bought the car which then had 76,000 miles on it. First repair two months after purchase was all 4 struts and strut mounts! That was very painful in the pocket. From there it was roughly every 4-5 months it was going in for something else.

If you google these cars, there are a slew of suspension issues on them. Complaint after complaint.

Also all parts are volvo parts shipped to my garage right from the dealer so Nothing should be wearing out, at least I would think not.

I just find it sad that the car is on 04' and it's been one thing after another. I just don't enjoy making monthly payments anymore on something I'm always fixing. I'm sure you understand. Problem is I can't trade it now after putting in the transmission roughly 2 months ago......ARGGGGGG
 
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I can very much appreciate the expense part, unfortunatley your experience in foreign, specifically European cars seems to be limited. Although no excuse, European cars in general are much higher maintenance.

I know you're trying to avoid costly repairs, but sometimes the best medicine for a recurring issue is to go to the source, the dealership, for some advice/recommendations on what needs to be repaired to solve the issue.

A creaking noise may be a broken/cracked spring too.
 
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Its pretty hard to break/crack springs.. I am currently having the sane sqeaking and bumping noise from the suspension.. Just had it diasnosed as a busted spring seat.. $25 part but about $80 to get it change by a non-dealer volvo specialist...

Going to get that done soon
 
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It's most likely the spring seats. I just had mine done last month. Volvo mechanic (non-dealer) charged $250 including labor.
 
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Where is that at?? I had an estimate a couple weeks ago and they went and on about how if they are doing that they want to do ALL the parts which runs it up to a 2000$ job. No way I'm doing that on a car with only 70k but I'd be glad to get the seats changed.


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It's most likely the spring seats. I just had mine done last month. Volvo mechanic (non-dealer) charged $250 including labor.
 
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Old 05-18-2012, 01:28 PM
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Hi.

Curious if you ever resolved this issue? I have a brand new Volvo and it fricken squeaks in the under carriage on inclines and left turns. I've been researching this and while I did not find this issue prior,to purchasing my custom built car., it seems like a common problem.
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Devon
 
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:28 PM
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Well I had to replace both lower control arms again, along with tie rod bushings.

Now my ABS light is on and it feels like my turbos gave up today. The car has no punch what so ever.
160,000 and I'm well into this car over $8,000.

Dangit.....>ARGGGGGG
 
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not sure why its still squeaking. you should post a video of it. that way it might be easier to hear and identify what type of noise is that and the solution (if possible).
 
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Spankey; find an area of road (rough, speed bumps, etc) were you can drive slow and straight and see if it is squeaking as the car moves up and down if this is the case. The problem could be dried-up or hardened rubber on the strut tower causing the squeak. Silicone based grease will correct the issue. If you pop the hood and stand on either side of the vehicle by the fender and push the car up and down you will see what part needs to be lubed and where (where the parts come into contact). This is a common problem as the vehicle ages.
 

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I got rear-ended Sept. 2011. Once I got the car back from the body shop, it was squeaky, rattled, even over smooth road surfaces. The Insurance Co would not fix it and deemed it a prior condition- Another story.
The sound seemed to emanate from the base of the windshield when driving.
The fix was upper strut bearings/bushings on the right side. It is a two piece assemble on the 03 model. No more squeaks and rattles. Thanks, Monroe!
175,000 and still going...
It took them 2 weeks to find it. I hope this helps...
Bob
 
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Originally Posted by spankey View Post
Well I had to replace both lower control arms again, along with tie rod bushings.

Now my ABS light is on and it feels like my turbos gave up today. The car has no punch what so ever.
160,000 and I'm well into this car over $8,000.

Dangit.....>ARGGGGGG
Be careful when a shop tells you that you need lower control arms. Every single time I have ever brought my car to a shop to have it looked over if i cant find the problem, they tell me I need lower control arms.....Even 13 hours after i just put new ones in..... I'm not saying you dont need them. but it's something to look into.
 
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Originally Posted by Sean Berger View Post
Be careful when a shop tells you that you need lower control arms. Every single time I have ever brought my car to a shop to have it looked over if i cant find the problem, they tell me I need lower control arms.....Even 13 hours after i just put new ones in..... I'm not saying you dont need them. but it's something to look into.
I appreciate that. However, my car was pulling all over the place when I was braking. Turns out they tried brake lines, new caliper, linkage and bushings. Turns out still pulled under braking. After replacing the lower control arms the car brakes straight as a rail. However I now have multiple codes on the car now that I've thrown my arms up.....I can't do this any more. I freaking love this car but it's killed me financially.

I will be posting the codes on another thread in hopes someone can help me save me from dumping thousands of dollars again into this thing......Arggggg
 
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