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I just got word from my mechanic saying that I need new control arms and a new drive shaft for my 99 v70 R. I'd like to limit the costs as much as possible (college student). So exactly how challenging will that be?
 

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Front to rear propshaft or a front drive axle?

Propshaft can be a PIA and you really need a lift, it's just too difficult on jackstands
Control arms may also be a difficult for a beginner (you also will need an alignment after those are installed)
 

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It's an hour if you're nimble, careful and as said, have access to a lift
The hardest part is removing the bolts, usually they're rusted on by now

You may need an airgun with the proper tools and extensions to remove the old bolts
 

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Hey you're in boulder, my brother lives there and has an 04V70R.


Anyways, the control arm isn't really that difficult.

The propshaft is really no fun without a lift, with a lift it's not that bad.

You'll need to get a new shaft from Coloradodriveshaft, it's $410 including shipping but I bet you can just drive into boulder and get it, hell they might install it for you, dunno.

http://coloradodriveshaft.com/volvo.htm

they're by far the best for our volvos, they know them really well. Lucky for you you're rather local.


If money is an issue, you CAN drive the car without the front to rear prop shaft installed, it'll just run FWD, but knowing winter around boulder you're probably not going to want that.
 

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It's also no big deal to swap the CV's at either end of the existing driveshaft.
Colorado Driveshaft has'em on eBay. My '98's front CV was baked and only
cost about 100 bucks to replace. It was no trouble to swap in my driveway.
 

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It's also no big deal to swap the CV's at either end of the existing driveshaft.
Colorado Driveshaft has'em on eBay. My '98's front CV was baked and only
cost about 100 bucks to replace. It was no trouble to swap in my driveway.
Front to rear drive shaft. The carrier bearing fails, nothing to do with CVs.
 

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Of course they do
Front U joint is the biggest failure, the carrier is not so common
 

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Thanks, Luckily my roommate happens to be a mechanic and i might be able to convince him to help me and use the lift at his work.

Just remembered that my power steering is leaking. The shop in boulder wants 250 to replace it. I feel like it isn't that hard to replace I just need to find the parts. So is it hard to replace?
 

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Medium hard
You have to drop the subframe, otherwise pretty straight forward
BEWARE of cheap Chinese rebuilt racks, you need to find one that was (re) built here in the US of A
 

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Front to rear drive shaft. The carrier bearing fails, nothing to do with CVs.
So-
I DIDN'T fix my car? :rolleyes: Bummer...

But, seriously -

In my case it really was just the front CV.
Boot was GONE - physically not there.
Just a few jagged, rotted rubber teeth.
Grease was black, nasty and stiff.

CV itself was still actually nice and smooth.
I just went ahead and replaced the whole
thing as basic preventative maintenance.

Swap was slick as a whistle with basic tools.
My Thanks to Dave at Colorado Driveshaft! :beer: ;) :cool:

Center bearing was okey-dokey. :thumbup:
Honest! :D
 

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i stand corrected! My apologies. At least we agree Colorado Driveshaft rocks :D
 

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Anyone happen to know how long it takes two people to replace a driveshaft and control arms with a lift?
Working on scheduling time for the process within the next couple weeks.
 

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I got my list of fixes for the summer and was curious if anyone knows how hard these replacements are and if anyone has done something similar and could offer any advice on the work. So my repairs:
1)replacing alternator
2) replacing side curtain-wall airbag
3)replacing trunk latch

Any help is appreciated
 
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