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I'm noticing a noise coming from both front wheel wells when I have the steering wheel cranked to 80-90% of the full turning radius. The noise sounds somewhat like a spring under stress being released. Has anyone ran into this situation before. I would like to know as much information as I can before I take it into the dealer. The car still rides and drives great.
 

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Re: 2001 C70 Strut Problem? (sadida707)

Without mileage and history on car, very few things can be told to you honestly to help. But struts mounts, hub bearings, outter CV joints, suspension/rack bushings are a few of the many. Also your explaination of the peramiters of the <TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>sadida707</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I'm noticing a noise coming from both front wheel wells when I have the steering wheel cranked to 80-90% of the full turning radius. The noise sounds somewhat like a spring under stress being released. Has anyone ran into this situation before. I would like to know as much information as I can before I take it into the dealer. The car still rides and drives great.</TD></TR></TABLE>noise is VAGUE at best.
 

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The car has 69K on it, the last 20K have been mostly hwy. The car was part of a lease program before that. It was orignally driven in New Jersey and is now in Wisconsin, so I know that it has seen some winters. To explain the sound a little better, it sounds like an old heavy wooden creaky door. It's low in pitch and comes in short bursts, half a second long while the wheel is turned all the way. The noise comes from the wheel well on whichever side I am turning the car into. If there is any specific details that would help, please let me know.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>sadida707</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The car has 69K on it, the last 20K have been mostly hwy. The car was part of a lease program before that. It was orignally driven in New Jersey and is now in Wisconsin, so I know that it has seen some winters. To explain the sound a little better, it sounds like an old heavy wooden creaky door. It's low in pitch and comes in short bursts, half a second long while the wheel is turned all the way. The noise comes from the wheel well on whichever side I am turning the car into. If there is any specific details that would help, please let me know.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Ok maybe I was not clear. WHEN does it do this. While driving at 10 mph and making a left or right hand turn from a stop light? Backing UP ONLY when leaving a parking space? Making a Kturn only on a narrow street. On a exit ramp transisioning from hard corning right or left to center again under hard to med hard braking preloading the front suspension? Stopped while turning wheel side to side lock to lock. Under power only in drive or only in reverse? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Thou form the info you did give this time about NJ and winters and 69K and Wisconsin also a very salt and snow prone area. It looks more and more like a upper strut pivot mount plates and or rack bushings or front sub frame mount bushings. Might even be swaybar bushings thou those would be harder to hear and tell. It sounds and looks like your telling us thou it is also preload sensitive. So the left turn would inload the left side some and make it sound and then the right as well on right turns. So the strut mounts jump to the top of the list for a fast guess. <p>
 

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The problem occurs when at low speeds forward or backward, usually pulling slowly into or out of a parking space. The same noise would probably occur during a Kturn. I usually don't have the wheels cranked at 90-100% for most situations otherwise. If this clues you in to anything new, please let me know. Thanks for the details and the help so far.
 

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Thank you for further clearing that up. It looks like a case in thoery of old and beat up form salt and snow and winters in NJ with potholes upper strut mounting plates. They might be loose at the body work at the top in the towers. Or they might jsut be bad mounts at 68K and the weather ahs taken it toll. But the dealr or Indie that looks at it very well might come back with this as the cause. And yes it is a classic GROAN of the body and struts/mounts that you hear if that is so. HAve not seen how the struts in the model you drive are mounted. Nor do i know first hand that VOLVO had a problem before they released them to public that was fixed at factory of the upper mounts and body work groaning form day one by design, unless they have a rubber/plastic or tar buffer installed. If so then it might be as simple as that buffer has gone bad with age and salt and needs to be redone or lived with. Keep us posted after the mech finds out what it really is. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Broken strut mount, spring seat or sway bar link, take your pick. <br>It's one of those three
 

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I finally took the car in and it turns out that the steering stops needed to be lubricated. That was it. $0 plus a free car wash. Thanks for all of the help.
 
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