steve_v70xc wrote:Hello capecodbuilder,
I have a '99 V70XC with most likely a bad viscous coupler -- I'm hearing some noise in that area and it's getting louder. My mechanic took a look and said it could be that I need to replace the viscous coupler entirely or just replace the viscous coupler bearing -- the VC was not removed from the car, it was inspected in place on the car. A third potential source of the noise, according to my mechanic, is the rear differential. The inspection has already cost me $115 and to pull the VC off for further inspection will be another $300. Then, if the VC is bad I've heard it will cost around $1300 for the part. After spending $4K on this car in the past year or so (and only driving it 10K miles in that time!) I'm getting pretty tired of the expenses. Which brings me to my question (sorry it took so long!) -- what do you mean by "drive it as a FWD?" Can I just let this go (no repair)? This is way beyond my mechanical abilities/knowledge -- I'd like to keep the car if I can drive it WITHOUT making any repair to the VC -- I don't care if the AWD in non-functional, FWD is fine with me. I just don't want the car to leave me stranded or cause an accident. If this is not an option, I am going to sell this car and move on, the maintenance/repair costs are killing me since I can't do much of the work myself.
Thanks in advance for any and all replies/suggestions!
P.S. The car has only 116K miles on it! Such a short life considering how many problems I've had with it.
As far as I can tell the angle gear is holding a sleeve onto a shaft that comes out of the tranny and perhaps adhering the sleeve to the shaft is all that is ness to remove the a.g. all together...and sell it for a few hundred bux!
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