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    1. #141
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      my 08's front suspension started making popping noises when moving at low speed with steering wheel turned after I changed the front control arms (worn out bushings). The problem was fixed after I ordered new bolts/nuts (the single bolt that installs vertically at rear of control arm) and torqued them to the spec. I'm not sure if I hadn't torqued them enough the first time or what, but the service bulletin referenced in this thread says to use new bolts/nuts (they bolt was apparently redesigned to be slightly wider) so I did and it worked. I decided to also replace the sway bar links as they probably are getting worn with 90k miles and they are cheap and easy to replace. Thanks to all the contributors to this thread.
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      Got the sway links replaced. Sound gone during turning and over bumps, but under initial acceleration (from standstill), the sound is still a slight groan. Replacing the strut mounts and bushings soon.
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      Simply replacing the bushings did the trick for bumps and washboard! Has worked down to -31 Fahrenheit so far!
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      My XC90 is only 18 months old and I've had noises from the front from about 6 months. It's also been to the dealers but they couldn't find anything wrong. Hey, maybe it's a feature! Anyway, I'm booking it in again because it's getting more noticeable. Creaking/cracking/springy noises usually during low speed maneuvering such as slowing to take a tight turn.

      Sound familiar?
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      Just to add, I'm reading quite a bit about worn parts and high mileages but should this really be happening on a car that is less than 2 years old and only has 16k on the clock?
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      I just did the same "repairs" as Hong Kong described earlier in this thread and am very pleased with the results. All clunking and creaking is gone, and the steering feels noticeably more direct. This is on my 2007 V8 with 122k miles.

      I did the following:

      • ipd subframe bushing inserts (got them all in without trimming, but the front two were tricky)
      • New Volvo white teflon inserts under the subframe bushings (the car already had some--not sure if they were original or installed later, but they were in poor condition)
      • Volvo o-rings above the rear subframe bushings
      • New subframe bolts
      • ipd engine stabilizer poly bushing kit (not listed for V8 XC90s, but it fits perfectly: http://www.ipdusa.com/products/5034/...ly-bushing-kit)


      Together with an oil and filter change, this took me about 3 hours start to finish. I did it with the front wheels on ramps. The driver's side front subframe bolt alone took about 20 minutes to extract due to corrosion, but at least it didn't break. You definitely want to have new bolts on hand for this job.

      I did notice that the steering wheel is now very slightly off center, so I will get a fresh alignment. Presumably--despite the bushing guides--the subframe did not go back up at precising the same angle (you have to lower it quite a bit to install the driver's side o-ring).
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      Turns out mine's normal for an XC90 and nothing to worry about. So I'm not worrying.
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      Quote Originally Posted by caliwagon View Post
      I just did the same "repairs" as Hong Kong described earlier in this thread and am very pleased with the results. All clunking and creaking is gone, and the steering feels noticeably more direct. This is on my 2007 V8 with 122k miles.

      I did the following:

      • ipd subframe bushing inserts (got them all in without trimming, but the front two were tricky)
      • New Volvo white teflon inserts under the subframe bushings (the car already had some--not sure if they were original or installed later, but they were in poor condition)
      • Volvo o-rings above the rear subframe bushings
      • New subframe bolts
      • ipd engine stabilizer poly bushing kit (not listed for V8 XC90s, but it fits perfectly: http://www.ipdusa.com/products/5034/...ly-bushing-kit)


      Together with an oil and filter change, this took me about 3 hours start to finish. I did it with the front wheels on ramps. The driver's side front subframe bolt alone took about 20 minutes to extract due to corrosion, but at least it didn't break. You definitely want to have new bolts on hand for this job.

      I did notice that the steering wheel is now very slightly off center, so I will get a fresh alignment. Presumably--despite the bushing guides--the subframe did not go back up at precising the same angle (you have to lower it quite a bit to install the driver's side o-ring).


      Im glad to read this. Yes its helps a lot. Have a nice quiet ride.
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      I just started getting a similar issue, and found my culprit tonight. It turned out to be a loose bushing in my newly installed Meyle HD control arms. The front bushing is actually shifting in the control arm socket, as in the whole metal casing that contains the bushing is moving. I don't know if they are supposed to be tack welded in place and it broke, or what the case is for sure. Might be worth checking for others. In my case, the first clue was that the sleeve had shifted to well off from center. Closer inspection showed it was scored from moving around, and video I took with my phone shows that it moves very slightly when you steer back and forth.

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      Ok my mechanic didnt placed new bolts and now I hear a slightly sound come back. As soon spring come I will change
      all 4 bolts, washers and place glue on bolts. Bear in mind that my front right one looking from front of car snap and
      they need to drill it out 2 hours hard job. There is on top swimming pool for water accumulating and over the years
      rust make problem. Now Im placing also a lot of oil and grease from top on this hole. Under the air engine filter is...
      you can spot it easily.
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      Quote Originally Posted by DenverC70 View Post
      One thing I have not seen mentioned here is whether your steering wheel is in a different postion after you hear the sound. I have a 2007, and I hear a combination thunk/spring sound occasionally when backing out of the garage and hitting the brakes. Then the steering wheel alignment changes a few degrees. Sometimes its dead center, somtimes a couple degrees right or left. Never know where it will be when I get in the car. Drives me nuts. Only 25K.
      I've been noticing this since I did the last control arm bushings replacement, as well as new popping noises when turning right at slow speeds. My VIN falls within range of the TNN 61-10 bulletin. Should I buy new rear control arm bolts/nuts? This person never replied back to say if this fixed the issue. Anyone think maybe I could try torquing them a little more?
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      Anyone? If I need new bolts, or they just need torqued more, I want to get it done before wasting money on another alignment.
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      I torqued the left side rear bolt more, and the problem seems to be gone. I'll be ordering new bolts/nuts for the rears at some point.
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      Clunking/rattling sound solved.

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      After changing the front control arms and ball joints the front end suspension sounded like change rattling while driving slow over bumps. No sounds during high speed travel. These are the things I fixed:
      1. Changed sway bar end links. Quick and inexpensive.
      2. Replaced the sway bar bushing with Febest VLSB-XC90F bushings. It is possible to do without dropping subframe, but it is not easy. Bushing can be bought on Amazon for about $11 each. I can do a write up if needed.
      3. Replaced lower engine mount and upper torque link on passenger side. This actually made the engine/transmission sound better while accelerating and driving. Inexpensive parts, quick replacement (less than 30 minutes)

      After all this, still had the change sound, so I pulled the strut and it looked fine...but I was wrong. The upper suspension coil spring seat (the rubber gasket the coil sits in) had worn through and the coil and remaining coil seat was pressing directly against the strut mount. Not a very long fix (about an hour) if you have changed or worked with struts before. I use two sets of spring compressors for safety and the xc90 springs have to be compressed a little more than others I have worked with.

      Now I have a click sound when braking, but this is symptomatic of brake pads moving in the brake pad seat of the caliper. Gonna swap them out with Volvo pads (Ate pads). Hopefully this will rid me of all my front end noises for a few more thousand miles.

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      Quote Originally Posted by rich1068 View Post
      Turns out mine's normal for an XC90 and nothing to worry about. So I'm not worrying.
      Did the dealer tell you this? That's what I got with my 2012 XC90, clunking when turning low speed left or right, dealer said, "oh that's normal on these cars". BS
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      Shamefull that VCC didnt fixed this on 2012 models. Shame. I made all this part change in 2014. Now after 4 years very small sound rarely but I decide to purchase new 4 subframe bolts torques properly as on new arms with bushings all bolts was installed new. Only subframe he left old. Wherever any bolt was before torqued its rule to install new one.

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