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      Weird noise from front right suspension

      ** This is now the Official Weird Noise from the front end thread for XC90s **

      - chris@swedespeed.com

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      Hi,

      Once in a while on my front right suspension, I hear like a popping sound or springy suspension sound. Not sure what's going on.

      I had the Ball joint recall done in Dec. Could this be the problem?

      I just want to get an idea of what it is before taking to the dealer and advise them on what to check for.

      THX

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      No offense, but I would think that your dealer service department would be intelligent enough to know what to look for. If they're not, I'd take it elsewhere.

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      Re: Weird noise from front right suspension (reinnie)

      My XC90 was just in the shop yesterday for rear wheel bearing failure, and I mentioned to them that I was also hearing a creaking/popping noise from the front (only when I turned right). So, they ended replacing both front stabilizer bar links (in addition to both rear wheel bearings). I'll have to look at the paperwork, but I believe they told me that they were loose, and one of them was actually damaged.

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      Re: (1sttimevolvo)

      No offense taken, but I found that it's much easier to tell the dealer where the problem may be coming from.

      From my past experience, dealer will say, "can't duplicate problem" therefore they can't fix it until they experience it. If I go in leading them in the direction of the problem, a lot of times they will examine the particular part more carefully and ends up fixing it.

      Thanks duddym, I'll tell them to check on that and your correct most of the popping sound occurs during a right turn.



      Modified by reinnie at 12:56 PM 6-1-2007

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      My 03XC90 had some knocking/popping sounds coming from the front end and it was diagnosed as bad sway bar endlinks. The joints tend to go bad easily.

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      Took my car in few days ago, dealer couldn't duplicate the problem therefore they didn't do anything to fix the popping sound.

      They did finally fixed my seat that moves forward/backward when you accelerate or brake. Apparently this is a common problem with 2005 models and they have a recall to fix this problem.

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      Re: Weird noise from front right suspension (reinnie)

      Mine is going in this week. My front end makes more sounds every day. My driver's side had an very loud "dung" sound, I had my window down. I thought the spring was going to come up through the perch! I've got lots of little creaks when shifting from drive to reverse into a parking spot. Sounds like the brake calipers clicking & clacking - I doubt the dealer will be able to duplicate anything but enough is enough.

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      Re: Weird noise from front right suspension (Chris@Swedespeed)

      I'll start to make a "dung" sound, too, once I have to pay for repair visits to the dealer to chase after gremlins and quirks...Can you imagine what some of the full-freight repair bills could cost?

      Getting ready to buy an extended warranty...Me thinks...Mr. K.


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      Re: Weird noise from front right suspension (Mr. Kotter)

      There's got to be some sort of a) design flaw b) bad batch of part products affecting "a few" XC90s. Its is unfortunate as this really ruins the driving experience.

      I've got no other complaints with the XC90 Sport, a fantastic little SUV. Ok one complaint: the reverse camera takes too long to come up and activate.

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      Re: Weird noise from front right suspension (Chris@Swedespeed)

      I had our local Volvo dealership look into the creaks, pops and groans our front end makes and of course he couldn't duplicate the problem. The mechanic even went out on a road test with me driving and *I* couldn't get the stupid car to make the same noises I hear when I pull into my garage!

      The mechanic mused that the noises were problably the front strut springs rotating a bit when I turned and the calipers moving a bit in their cradles when shifting from forward to reverse.

      I also asked them to look at the driver's seat movment and they "could not duplicate". Claimed they inspected all the mechanisms and everthing was tight and in place. At the time, I was not aware of a recall on the seat problem. Does anyone have the recall number for this?



      Modified by Bobalouie3 at 7:18 PM 6-17-2007

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      Re: Weird noise from front right suspension (Bobalouie3)

      My dealer is now able to make the noise. They are going to start by replacing the strut bearings and go from there. At least they are now able to duplicate the noise!!

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      Re: Weird noise from front right suspension (Chris@Swedespeed)

      Quote, originally posted by Chris@Swedespeed »
      My dealer is now able to make the noise. They are going to start by replacing the strut bearings and go from there. At least they are now able to duplicate the noise!!

      We had this problem and the dealer started replacing stuff in all the same places mentioned here: first they claimed it was the dust shield on the front brakes (like I'm an idiot), then it was ball joints, then sway bar ends, etc). In the end it turned out to be a propellor shaft. Just FYI.

      I have to note that after one service visit where they supposedly found the problem, as I was driving away from the service bay it was making the noise I brought it in for. I immediately turned around and made the tech who serviced it ride along. He admitted they only threw it up on the lift and tried to replicate the noise that way. Ugh. As soon as he rode in the vehicle, not but 200-feet, he could here what I'd described my previous three (3!) visits for this same problem (noise in front as others have described). That's when they did the prop shaft and, for the most part, seems to have solved the problem (we still here a clicking/popping from time to time, but nothing like what we had before all the various attempts to remedy it).


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      Re: Weird noise from front right suspension (Rob O)

      Mine does it to (for the past 5,000 miles).

      The dealer cannot duplicate it.

      As expected.

      So, I am trying to make the front wheels fall off...


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      Re: Weird noise from front right suspension (Emission)

      Considering this has been reported since 2003 when we picked up our MY 2004 we would think Volvo would have developed a real fix. But we all know that is not going to happen.

      One of many reasons we are close to selling our XC90. If all goes well it will be out of our garage by the end of the week.


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      Re: Weird noise from front right suspension (nomarkup)

      new strut bearing caps didn't fix it - the investigation continues.
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      Re: Weird noise from front right suspension (Chris@Swedespeed)

      Maybe a new one will!

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      ......If only my dealer can duplicate the noise. I guess I just have to wait until the suspension pops out
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      Re: (reinnie)

      recall notice that applies to my 2006 received today.
      replace outer tire rod ends with modified design even if previously replaced.
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      Re: (obiwan)

      Just out of curiosity, what tires are you using?

      I just got new 255/55 tires on 18" wheels and have heard the popping MUCH more than on the old 235/60 Pilots.

      I'd heard it periodically, but after leaving the tire store I stopped a mile down the road to make sure the tire shop didn't damage the suspension.


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      Re: (Oulainen)

      The noise appears to have been coming from the brakes springs and sliding points.

      Dealer claims noise(s) are gone. I hope to pick it up tonight. I will park in my usual manner when I get home and see how she performs.


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      Re: (Chris@Swedespeed)

      Check those lug nuts!! My wifes '05 XC90 was making weird noises from the front...after the noise moved from the left to the right and just before I took it in to the shop I checked the lug nuts...one was about to fall off, the others took a few turns to tighten

      Now everything is tight and quiet.


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      My 2003 has had front and rear sway bar links replaced at different times. The noises occured with potholes/bumps. Sometimes it was really really loud, most usually just a rattle.

      My dealer has a field behind the shop with lumps and bumps that they use as a "test track" for customer noise complaints. And they have a very experience mechanic who can relate noises to parts.

      This was done before the ball joint recall.

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      Quote, originally posted by Lunasea »

      My dealer has a field behind the shop with lumps and bumps that they use as a "test track" for customer noise complaints. And they have a very experience mechanic who can relate noises to parts.

      That's really clever. You are fortunate to have that. My dealer has an 90% or better success rate at finding and fixing noises so I am quite satisfied. On the rare occasion it was not found or fixed the first time, a second visit would either replicate and repair my complaint, or else find a second bad part. The XC90 is currently quiet and everything is working properly.

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      Re: (Chris@Swedespeed)

      Quote, originally posted by Chris@Swedespeed »
      The noise appears to have been coming from the brakes springs and sliding points.

      Dealer claims noise(s) are gone. I hope to pick it up tonight. I will park in my usual manner when I get home and see how she performs.


      Chris:

      Any update on the repair, did the fix do the trick?


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      Re: Weird noise from front right suspension (reinnie)

      Not only had similar weird noise from my front end, but steering started getting stiffer at slow speeds, e.g., backing out of my driveway. The dealer didn't hesitate, hem or haw but replaced my steering rack. Both problems went away instantly, and it's been nearly a year with no more noise or rough steering.
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      have had the issue since Day 1 it seems. Dealers said there was a subframe recall or TSB but had been performed at the factory before delivery. They can't replicate issue even after tech drove the car home etc. Front end of this vehicle seems shakey at best! Will look at the sway bar end links

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      my front wheel area makes noises over sharp bumps. sounds like something is loose, more of a tinny jingle noise upon impact with a bump.

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      My car continues to make the popping, springy sound. Took it back to the dealer, they still refuse to fix anything since they can't duplicate the sound.

      What the heck? Can't they try a few things? It seems like a lot of people are having similar problems, but they refuse to fix it.

      Anyone in Springfield, PA area that got this problem fixed. If so, which dealer?

      I have been to Stillman and Key Stone.

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      so what's the consensus? I've had these noises from the front end since day 1 as well. i just figured it was the suspension or something.. should i mention it at the service center my next visit??

      roy.


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      Wierd popping noise fix.

      The strange noise i have listen to during parking manouvers last two years is gone.
      They change the top right bushing holding the front shock absorber.
      Photo of the same part:
      http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=53440
      Maybe grease can do the job.
      I hope this could be of help for people having similar strange sounds from steering.

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      Re: Wierd popping noise fix. (hepe)

      Wow, I thought I was the only one. I've had this loud "spring popping" conern the last 6 months or so and the dealer told me they couldn't replicate Guess I'll just print all these postings and bring to the dealer for my 30K service.

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      Re: Wierd popping noise fix. (atornquist)

      I just started to have a weird "something is loose" noise coming from the rear and front shocks area when turning or going over a bump....sounds like the shock tower mounts or sway bar links?

      anyone have any luck?


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      Just dropped off my car again at the dealer. I mentioned to them about the popping sound again, this time they told me there's a recall.

      Few months ago, I mentioned to them about the recall but they didn't know anything about it. It takes them almost 4 months to know about the recall?

      Why is it that the people in this forum know about the recall notices before the dealer?

      I hope this will be the end of the problem after the recall.

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      Re: Wierd popping noise fix

      Same experience yesterday. After numerous times being told that they can't replicate the noise, they called to let me know that there is a service bulletin that requires changing out some bolts, etc. They are waiting for the parts. I'll post when I figure out exacatly what they're doing and, of course, if it actually solves the problem. 49.6K on the car. Just got it in by a hair. The other fun news, new brakes required again (pads done at 32k). Perhaps the new tires, 255/55/18 Goodyear Eagle ResponsEdge, are inspiring my wife to drive like she's in my Audi!!!

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      Re: Wierd popping noise fix (highseas)

      ok keep us posted!

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