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Hello,

So for the last year my fiancé and I have been attempting to diagnose a problem we have been having with our 2004 Xc90 2.5T. We have to make a very sharp 90 degree turn into our garage from the street and when I crank the wheel all the way to the left there is an odd clunking noise, and you can really feel the wheels shifting throughout the entire vehicle as you accelerate through the 90 degree turn. I have also noticed that the steering wheel itself is very loose and there is a lot of play...not to mention the weird clicking noise I hear when I play around with the steering wheel. I have brought it into the mechanic multiple times for this issue, and he recommended we replace the sway bar links but unfortunately this did nothing to resolve the issue. My fiancé has threatened the idea of selling the car which breaks my heart as I love this vehicle dearly and wanted to drive it until the wheels fall off and replace it with a newer one once it finally went. If you guys have any recommendations on what I should look into replacing next I would greatly appreciate any advice!

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Thank you for your input! I am going to see if I can get it into the mechanic either tomorrow or Wednesday and have him look over the items that you mentioned. I'm really hoping this will be the trip that fixes the issue because I really don't want to have to retire my old girl quite yet...I'm just not ready to let go!
 

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Ever replace the lower control arms? I would be suspicious of them if not. With the weight of the XC90 on the front suspension components, around 100k is when they're close to shot. For sure strut seat and bearing plate and ball joints could contribute to this scenario but LCA is the first place I would be looking.
As far as steering play, this is just your rack getting loose. It's also inevitable. Can try and adjust the pre-load (there's a procedure around somewhere) but that really does little over time. Either live with it or replace the rack. 10-15 degrees of play and a "click" or a slight "clunk" at each end of the travel are going to be unfortunately expected (to some degree) for your model year. Probably lots of folks out there with good and solid racks, I'm not one of them. Did pre-load on my '05, lasted for around 6 months, ended up replacing with a re-man rack @ 130k, after doing both inner and outer tie rod ends.

For sure let us know what the final resolution is. Good luck!
 

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When my lcas were bad enough to affect my steering they were also rattling over bumps. Does your truck make any other sounds or creaks? I would inspect the whole front end. It's no reason to sell it though lol, just maintenence. Maybe take it to a Volvo specialist? You shouldn't have to throw parts at it to find what's wrong. I'm sure your sway bar links were bad though that's inevitable based on the design. You should learn to do it yourself all you need is an electric impact gun takes 5 minutes.
 

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When my lcas were bad enough to affect my steering they were also rattling over bumps. Does your truck make any other sounds or creaks? I would inspect the whole front end. It's no reason to sell it though lol, just maintenence. Maybe take it to a Volvo specialist? You shouldn't have to throw parts at it to find what's wrong. I'm sure your sway bar links were bad though that's inevitable based on the design. You should learn to do it yourself all you need is an electric impact gun takes 5 minutes.
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A Volvo specialist should be able to pinpoint the problem. It could be a number of things.
 

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Ah! The lower control arms was something I had not thought of for some reason. This is why I love this forum. Sometimes I just need a little helpful reminder from other Volvo lovers. I have not replaced these, and I have no record of the previous owner (original owner) replacing them either. For having 205,000 miles I'll be pretty happy if its the LCA's. The truck does make a rattling noise when I go over bumps in the road, so now I've become very suspicious of the LCA's. I personally know that its no reason to sell the vehicle, but convincing the fiancé of this is a whole different challenge in itself. I haven't had a chance to call my mechanic yet because somethings came up at work the past couple of days but I'm going to call him within the next hour and see if I can get it in the shop before the weekend. I'm also going to have him look at the strut seat, bearing plate and the ball joints since its going to be in the shop anyways. I will keep you all posted, and thank you again for all your recommendations!
 

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Here is the outcome from my xc90's trip to the shop over the weekend.

The good...my mechanic looked over the entire front end and ended up replacing the tie rods. The steering has greatly improved and I no longer hear the clunking noise when I pull into my garage and the bumps in the road are much less noticeable. I'm very happy with the way it drives.

The bad...When I brought it into the shop last Fri I had also mentioned that I thought I had heard the same noise I heard last Oct. when we replaced the rear passenger side wheel hub. He told me that he couldn't hear anything and that he looked it over and couldn't find anything wrong. After picking up the vehicle Monday I made the 35 min. drive out to my parents place and as I pulled into my parents driveway I thought I heard the noise again, but tried to convince myself otherwise. Well...this morning I woke up and drove into work to find out I was unfortunately correct and now it sounds worse then it ever has. I called the mechanic and I'm bringing it back into the shop today once I can figure out how to pick up our Honda Civic from the bus station.
 

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Could be the strut seat bearing, or tre, ball joints, wheel bearing even?
We have the same scenario and had a similar issue. I was able to replicate it for the shop foreman at our dealer by similarly turning left into a lot that had a slight raised edge/lip. It turned out to be a lower ball joint (I imagine the left side in our case) that had excessive play which they solved by replacing it.
 
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