SwedeSpeed - Volvo Performance Forum banner
1 - 9 of 9 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
128 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Took my car to a volvo specialized auto repair here in santa cruz to have them find what was making a squealing/grinding noise from my serpentine belt area.
A day later they called with a list of things that needed to be done.
They said the sound was made by the idle tensioner, and suggested to replace it, also saying that the control arm bushings were torn and one axle should be replaced due to having lost grease. and change brakes.
Total quote at 1600USD all parts and labor.
I bought all parts from them and did the job myself, having them press the bushings for me for 50usd, i ended up at 530USD all parts included.
Changed the axle, control arms, brakes and pulley.
When taking out the axle i took pretty much everything apart, brakes of course, strut from the lower strut mounts and where the steering ties into the ... (the part that the wheel bearing and wheel is mounted onto) so the front end was pretty much disassembled on both sides.

Car is a lot stiffer, rides like new, BUT i have that whining/grinding sound when the car is cold (could the be the power steering pump?).
I bought a stethoscope to locate where the sound is coming from once the car is cold again.
I used the old serp belt (was changed about 5k miles ago, has no cracks) could this make such a sounds? grinding/whining/whirring and disappear almost completely once its warm?

The other thing is i took the car in to Firestone for an alignment yesterday, got the car back and it drove straight, but the wheel is was a few degrees to the left.
I went back with the hopes they would just loosen one tie rod end and tighten the other to align the steering wheel back into center and have the car aligned.
The tech came back saying that the car is aligned, but that the wheel was slightly out of center, and that it was probably something with my rack and pinion that needed to be replaced, i seriously doubt that there is a problem with the rack, and that having the alignment done properly by loosening one side and tightening the other side to align wheel with tires would have solved the few degrees out of center.

Now my car is pulling a bit to the side, and i don´t really want to take the car back to the same place.

There is absolutely no play in the steering wheel and there is immediate visible and noticeable response in the wheels.

Id be grateful for any suggestions on what could be going on here with these two things.

Thanks guys
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
534 Posts
You have to watch these shops, if one wheel is out a bit it will pull, believe me I spent 300$ plus for alignments, finally found lower control arm bushing broken..these places take your money and that's it..don't know squat about checking things to make sure no problems before they start.. The shop I used took a long prybar and stressed all the bushings to check them after the third time taking it back..
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,371 Posts
You have to watch these shops, if one wheel is out a bit it will pull, believe me I spent 300$ plus for alignments, finally found lower control arm bushing broken..these places take your money and that's it..don't know squat about checking things to make sure no problems before they start.. The shop I used took a long prybar and stressed all the bushings to check them after the third time taking it back..
Here's the dealer alignment after a generic shop aligned it. Notice the toe.

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
128 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Here's the dealer alignment after a generic shop aligned it. Notice the toe.

yea, nice, im taking it to the volvo specialist on monday.

Any thoughts on the grinding noise from the serpentine belt area?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
128 Posts
Discussion Starter · #7 ·
Im a bit confused..
Can you rephrase the question?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,614 Posts
Double check your steering fluid level. I get humming/grinding/buzzing noises if the fluid is low, and it usually goes a little lower when it's colder out. Warming up obviously expands the fluid so the noise goes away.

And those alignment guys are idiots. Step 1 of an alignment on these cars is to center the steering wheel and use a tool to lock it on center. Then you set the toe on each side. The only time this might change is if you do a full steering rack change or steering wheel change and you forget to put things on center first.
 
1 - 9 of 9 Posts
Top