My 1998 S70T5 has a failed piston rod bearing due to low oil.
I haven't figured out why I lost oil, but it happened.
Last week Friday, I noticed a slight "ticking" when I started the car up in the parking lot of my work. The ticking of the lifters was rarely accompanied by slightly deeper sounding ticking. Checked oil, it was low. Added 2 quarts. :facepalm:
Didn't drive it all last weekend, got an oil change ASAP at trusted mechanic, and my mechanic said I had a blown head gasket but I could still drive the car as long as the oil was full.
Started up the car, was disappointed the sound was still there from the lifters, but I planned on replacing them once I was told the head gasket was shot.
Car drove fine with the ticking for two days, I wasn't hitting it at all though for obvious reasons, but otherwise I was getting full power and averaging 24mpg before the ticking started.
Until I drove it home the 2nd day after the oil change, when I was on my way home from work, the deeper ticking wasn't just once in a while, but constant. So I pulled over as soon as it was safe and got the car towed the next morning(I work late).
So, now I have no working vehicle and will probably buy a $700 beater off craigslist.
My mechanic doesn't do engine rebuilds. I haven't contacted any junk yards yet about any used engines. Not sure a used engine is my best option. Being outside of Chicago, I'm sure there could be some around.
I've had this car since '04 and ~73k miles. It has 134,3xx now. Never had any engine over heating, ever. Head gasket, IDK. No milky oil. No mix in reservoir, but that's only visual from me popping the hood and opening the caps. Car never blew smoke from what I could tell. However, someone did say they saw a puff of blue smoke when I punched it one time on the way to work(they were following).
I don't mind having it repaired as I love my S70. I'd just need a cheap daily driver and a machine shop that can do a Volvo engine.
Anyone been down this road?
How hard is it to get replacement internals?
Is the block compromised? I mean, you don't know until you tear the engine down right?
I'm really sad I let this happen to my Volvo. I want to keep this one! She's has been a great runner for me. The only problems are: the engine obviously, the steering rack leaks and brake pads need replacing. I can and have been driving it with the rack leak and loss of stopping power. I just work so much and 2nd shift hours I don't have the time to get it taken care of. Now my hand is forced and I must deal with it. I love my Volvo! Any sage advice? Thanks. :beer: