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      2015.5 s60 T5 clicking/ticking noise when accelerating

      Has anyone experience this issue? I have a 2015.5 S60 T5, when accelerating, I get this ticking/clicking noise for about a second or so. And it feels like its losing power. Usually occurs between 3k to 4K rpm. I feel like I don't get that quick torch. Any idea?

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      Does it only occur once, right after you start driving? If so its an ABS self check, and the power loss is just the brakes quickly being applied.
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      it seems to occur multiple times but not when i am already cruising at higher speed. If I were to stop and go again I will hear it again esp If I step hard on the accelerator, I can usually hear it but it only last for about 1 to 2 seconds. anyway to turn the ABS self check off to test?
      Last edited by ketanb81; 07-02-2015 at 10:07 AM.

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      Can you paint a more detailed picture, something like " after i start car, drive for a few minutes, get on a highway, and the noise/hesitation occurs everytime you stomp it ....."?
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      Quote Originally Posted by ketanb81 View Post
      it seems to occur multiple times but not when i am already cruising at higher speed. If I were to stop and go again I will hear it again esp If I step hard on the accelerator, I can usually hear it but it only last for about 1 to 2 seconds. anyway to turn the ABS self check off to test?
      If if occurs multiple times, its not the ABS self check. That only occurs once at low speed. Is this a Drive-e or 5 cylinder T5?
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      This is the Drive-e turbo model.

      as I start driving, I usually don't accelerate rightaway coming out of my street, but when I get to the main road, I step on it and I would usually hear it at that time.

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      wonder if the turbo is trying to come online? might have to take it to dealer to have it checked.
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      Maybe slight engine pinging as boost comes on?
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      I have scheduled an appointment with the dealership so will know soon.

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      Please report back, and Welcome to the forum!

      Another good place to check for issues or interesting topics is the XC60 forum as many of us over there have the same configs as the S/V 60.
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      This sounds like pinging to me. I'd try a different gas station first and/or higher octane gas if you aren't already using premium.
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      Hard to believe a modern (computer/sensor-controlled ignition/timing/detonation/airflow/fuel flow) car will ping...
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      Quote Originally Posted by zircular View Post
      This sounds like pinging to me. I'd try a different gas station first and/or higher octane gas if you aren't already using premium.
      Quote Originally Posted by Okidiver View Post
      Hard to believe a modern (computer/sensor-controlled ignition/timing/detonation/airflow/fuel flow) car will ping...
      If the quality of the gas is poor enough, or there is water in the gas, it could be possible. The engine can only compensate so much and still run.
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      Quote Originally Posted by s6013t5 View Post
      If the quality of the gas is poor enough, or there is water in the gas, it could be possible. The engine can only compensate so much and still run.
      what grade do you recommend? I have been using regular so far since Volvo said I can use that. I will try premium on my next fill up and test that out.

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      I have been using 93. The owner's manual states:
      Volvo recommends premium fuel for best performance, but using 87 octane or above will not affect engine reliability.
      Putting around town I have no doubt that 87 is just fine. But lots of power and revs means more boost pressure and more heat and that's what causes fuel to start burning too early (and ping). The ECU detects that via knock sensors and retards timing before it can get bad enough to hurt anything. I suspect that's what you are experiencing when it loses power. You can take it to the dealer if you want but I'd just try higher octane first. It sounds like your driving style might call for it.

      FWIW my former Prius did this but only in hot weather. I ran high-test in that from May through September and was able to run 87 the rest of the year.
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      Quote Originally Posted by ketanb81 View Post
      what grade do you recommend? I have been using regular so far since Volvo said I can use that. I will try premium on my next fill up and test that out.
      Like zircular said try 93, from a name brand station (Exxon, Shell, Sunoco etc). It makes sense that you hear the popping in that RPM range if it is indeed pinging. Regular gas can do that in a turbo car if its of a low quality. Yes Volvo says you can use it, but they also say performance will degrade.
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      Quote Originally Posted by s6013t5 View Post
      Like zircular said try 93, from a name brand station (Exxon, Shell, Sunoco etc). It makes sense that you hear the popping in that RPM range if it is indeed pinging. Regular gas can do that in a turbo car if its of a low quality. Yes Volvo says you can use it, but they also say performance will degrade.
      Thanks... will try with 93. I will let you know how it goes.

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      I doubt it's the octane. Gas being as stupidly expensive as it is in My city, I have gone to lower (cheaper) octane gas on a number of occaissions and never had that kind of pinging. Performance does suffer yes but no pinging noise, ever. Could it be a valve or an injector that is making the clicking noise?
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      OK so after putting 93, I still heard the clicking/ticking noise when accelerating but it wasn't as bad or loud as when I was using regular gas. Volvo service also didn't find anything since everything checked out OK and they weren't able to reproduce the noise plus there was not error code in the system. But they did update the software on the car.

      #31295479-5 - 2.0 Service update (software update)

      anyone know how can I find out what this update did?

      I will continue to use 93 and see how it works out for me.

      Thanks for all the help and ideas.

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      I have the same/similar problem on my 2015 XC60 T5 Drive-e. Whenever I start accelerating slowly and then increase power I hear a mechanical sounding clicking (but not transmission sounding) and then the car seems to loose power. I notice this on a particular freeway onramp that has a sharp right turn at the beginning and then requires rapid acceleration to get up to merging speed. When the clicking occurs the resulting decrease of power means it takes noticeably longer to get up to freeway speeds.

      I am interested to see if you have noticed the problem continue since the upgrade. I have only used premium gas.

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      Does this stop when the engine is warmed up?
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      Also, keep in mind that if the ticking is picked up by the knock sensor (which is essentially a microphone) engine timing will be retarded as if you have engine knock. Even if that's not the cause.
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      Quote Originally Posted by matt1122 View Post
      Does this stop when the engine is warmed up?
      I have only noticed the problem after the engine is warm.

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      Quote Originally Posted by ketanb81 View Post
      Has anyone experience this issue? I have a 2015.5 S60 T5, when accelerating, I get this ticking/clicking noise for about a second or so. And it feels like its losing power. Usually occurs between 3k to 4K rpm. I feel like I don't get that quick torch. Any idea?
      Finally. I've been looking online for someone with the same problem! I have a 2015.5 V60 E-Drive. Same issue. Sometime it'll click 2-3 times, and sometimes only once. Happens a couple of times everyday. Usually along mid level acceleration. Sometimes going straight, sometimes right after a turn. You definitely lose power afterward. No codes are being logged, and it's not octane driven. In other words, it's not pinging. I have not taken mine in, because of the "were not able to repeat the problem" of new technicians who cannot find a problem without a code.

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      try this experiment : drive in sport mode. Guess that will only isolate... , but at least if you see it during manual shift, you'll know.... I'm spitballing here.... You'll have a data point!
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      even with using 93, I still have the clicking noise. I got the same response from volvo tech there was no fault code and they could not replicate the issue.

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      What's happening on the tachometer when this occurs?

      Watch and see what the RPMs do if you can. If you're convinced something is really wrong, I'd hook up some sort of camera to (safely) record the dash (maybe suctioned to the sunroof) while you drive and see if you can capture the whole thing.
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      well, does it in sport mode too. tach stays put, but power drops

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      Should take it to the dealer and have the service writer or tech go for a ride with you in the car so you can replicate the problem for them. Most of these folks don't go looking for problems so if they drive it around the corner and it runs okay then it couldn't be replicated.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Wayne T5 View Post
      Should take it to the dealer and have the service writer or tech go for a ride with you in the car so you can replicate the problem for them. Most of these folks don't go looking for problems so if they drive it around the corner and it runs okay then it couldn't be replicated.
      +1.....

      I cant tell you how many times i've had to take service advisor on a ride to show them the issue.. Sometimes I think they take it for a spin in the parking lot and then just NTF it.. annoying.. Its dumb when they are like - "Oh wow I hear it now.. " Gee I drove more than a block, that's why.
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      The ticking could be your wastegate and the loss of power could be a loss of boost.

      Wish these cars had a boost gauge.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Bigslick View Post
      +1.....

      I cant tell you how many times i've had to take service advisor on a ride to show them the issue.. Sometimes I think they take it for a spin in the parking lot and then just NTF it.. annoying.. Its dumb when they are like - "Oh wow I hear it now.. " Gee I drove more than a block, that's why.
      Yeah, and you can make sure that the advisor takes out his earplugs!
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      I've noticed it in my 15 V60 Drive-E. It's too intermittent to take to dealer. It started happening after most recent ECU upgrade. Although, it hasn't happened in a week or so. It happened when engine was warming up, happened when engine was warm.
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      Quote Originally Posted by matt1122 View Post
      The ticking could be your wastegate and the loss of power could be a loss of boost.
      That's what I think it is. But like SSurfer321 says, it's so intermittent right now, that I'd be lucky for it to happen at that point.

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      Quote Originally Posted by busyguy8 View Post
      That's what I think it is. But like SSurfer321 says, it's so intermittent right now, that I'd be lucky for it to happen at that point.
      I had been using 87 octane in mine. New tank full of 93 and cooler outside temperatures and the symptoms have stopped. I'm assuming it was detonation due to high outside temps and low octane fuel and ECU not being able to keep up with timing retard.
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