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Hi!<br>I am new to the forum. Two weeks ago I purchased a 2003 S60 with 19,000 miles on it. I traded in my 2002 Ford Taurus SEL. I didn't know what I was missing! <br>This is a great forum as well! I hope to get more involved and learn as much as I can about these great cars!<p>One thing I did notice about it is that I hear alot of "road noise" from the front end. It sounds like the front end is riding on "rails". At about 28 MPH you start hearing it and gets the loudest at about 65 mph. I actually can hear it with the radio on and seems to come from the left front (Drivers side).<br>It was a certified car (250 point check??). The tech drove it for me and heard what I was talking about, but didn't think that it was a bearing or anything mechanical. Brakes are good. The only thing that he told me was it could be the front tires but didn't know for sure. I took it home and rotated the left front tire to the back and back to the front. No luck.<p>I have a friend that has an S60 and he drove it. He thought that it was normal for the Volvo. He stated that Volvos' are not the quietest cars. <br>The handling on it is unbelievable though. <p>My only thought is that for a car that originally cost over $30,000 that it should be tight as a drum. <br>Am I being too picky? I love the car but would like to find out what it is without buying a whole new set of tires or pulling the rotors to see what it is. <br>Does anyone have any suggestions or experienced this problem?<p>Thanks again for a great forum!<br>Scott<p>
 

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congrats on the car. you will love it and you will love the help you find here.<p>as far as the road noise, what tires are on the car and what tire pressure are you running?
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>phuz</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">as far as the road noise, what tires are on the car and what tire pressure are you running?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>If they are the original tires, there is probably some degradation in the rubber which may contribute to this condition. If they are new(er), you may want to have them rebalanced as well.<br>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>MagoonR</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>If they are the original tires, there is probably some degradation in the rubber which may contribute to this condition. If they are new(er), you may want to have them rebalanced as well.<br></TD></TR></TABLE><br>Agree to a point. (but balance has nothing to do with any road noise)<br>If you are bothered by this go for a set of QUIET touring tires such as a Michelin MXV4 energy, long lasting 40K tire, (fairish performer but very quiet) or a Bridgestone.<br>You probably have some sort of Pirelli, not noted for their quietness after 10K miles <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> and in fact, if you have P6 or P6000, very rumbly after 15K.<br>You still will not have "Lexus" quiet or even Taurus quiet, as Volvos DO make a certain bit of road noise.
 

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Thanks for responding so quickly!<p>The car has Continental "ContiTouringContact" tires (16") and I have <br>33 psi in each. I don't know how many miles are on them but they look very good treadwise. I guess I should consider some Michelin's or Pirelli's<p>I did get a chance to have a mechanic from another shop drive it and he told me that he is 100% sure that it is front wheel bearings. He drove it and at 20 mph you could here the rumble. It got worse when you turned the wheel to the right or left. Since I have the warranty on it he stated that Volvo will cover it under my warrenty. Great news! I made an appointment for Monday morning.<p>Another question: I saw on the original window sticker of this car that it is an S60 "A SR". What does the "A SR" stand for? <p>Thanks again for a great forum! <p>Scott
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>scott60</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Another question: I saw on the original window sticker of this car that it is an S60 "A SR". What does the "A SR" stand for? </TD></TR></TABLE><p><B>A</B>utomatic <B>S</B>un<B>R</B>oof
 

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Magoon:<br>Thank you! I was curious. I thought there was an emblem missing on back.<p>Scott
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>scott60</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Magoon:<br>Thank you! I was curious. I thought there was an emblem missing on back.<p>Scott</TD></TR></TABLE><br>No emblem, "ASR" it doesn't exist<br>It's an internal Volvo code<br>Yours should just say either S60 or (S60 2.4t if you have a turbo), which I don't think you have
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>scott60</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>I did get a chance to have a mechanic from another shop drive it and he told me that he is 100% sure that it is front wheel bearings. He drove it and at 20 mph you could here the rumble. It got worse when you turned the wheel to the right or left. Since I have the warranty on it he stated that Volvo will cover it under my warrenty. Great news! I made an appointment for Monday morning.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yep, sounds like wheel bearings. Another sure way to tell is to take a sharp, high speed turn (at least 50MPH... take a freeway cloverleaf ramp really fast) when the weight shifts to the side of the car with the bad wheel bearing, the sound will be worse. If the sound gets worse when turning both directions, then maybe both bearings are bad. It's an easy warranty fix.
 
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