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My 98 v70 t5 is handling badly and making clunking noise from the right front. I looked at it and tested it for bad tie rod ends by lifting one wheel off the ground and seeing if there was any play in the front end. I found it had about 1/4 inch of movement side to side and thought it was inner tie rod end. When I took it to my mechanic, he said it was not enough to worry about, it was probably looseness in the steering rack and had the car aligned. My problem did not go away and when I took it back, he found I had a loose piston rod in the right front strut. (Bilstein HD about 2 years old). I am sure the strut will account for the noise but I am still concerned about the side to side movement between the front wheels. I thought it was unacceptable to have any movement what so ever. How will the car track if the front wheels are not firmly connected together? I am about to have the strut installed and wonder if I should push to have the tie rods replaced even though he thinks I don't need them. What is an acceptable amount of play in the front end?
 

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Re: front end looseness (rogeej)

Looseness can be one of a couple of things.<br>Inner and/or outer tie rods, control arms or a bad steering rack, <br><B>ALL common Volvo problems</B><br>Take your pick but it sure sounds like you have one or all of them going bad<br>Acceptable play is close to ZERO, tie rods CANNOT slop around, a (bad) rack can be elusive. Sometimes by looking at it you can't tell especially if it's not leaking but I would guess you have one (or all <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> ) bad tie rods, have those checked by a front end expert
 

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Re: front end looseness (rogeej)

There must be no play in the wheel department, not from manual force anyway. You may see some "wiggling" feeling from a steering system, but that's just about it, just a "feeling", not an actual play.<br>I wouldn't trust this mechanic anymore, if I were you.<br>Source of play/clunk - as per JRL
 

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Noise could be a bad spring seat as well, especially if your HD had already been fixed? Had it? Or did you just take it in and take off?
 

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I did replace the spring seats when the hd's were installed 2 years ago. I would think they are good, but then I would think the bilstein would be good too. Will check it for sure. Thanks.
 
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