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Front Driveshaft Removal V70 XC

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Front Driveshaft Removal V70 XC

Postby COXC » 06 Dec 2005, 18:27

--2001 Volvo XC 86K Miles --
I am currently experiencing a "whobble" being transferred throught the brake pedal when I put my foot on the gas at around 2K RPM. The Volvo shop said I have to replace the front passenger driveshaft. $1K+ job due to the fact that the whole driveshaft have to be replaced. I think it might just be one of the carrier bearings and can get it replaced by a axle shop for sub $100 (according to other websites).

Have anyone removed one of the front driveshafts? Any special tools? Should I leave it to a shop?

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Postby heelstriker » 07 Dec 2005, 21:38

Wow, that's a lot of money. I've been trying to research this topic as well because mine is due to be replaced. It was looking like it was easier to replace the axle than the boot, so I was goign to go that route for my problem. www.raxles.com has top quality replacement axles, or local places have cheap ones for under $200. Some people have mentioned alldata.com as a source for intallation instructions, but I haven't tried it myself yet.
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Front Driveshaft Removal V70 XC

Postby COXC » 08 Dec 2005, 01:40

Well, last night (-8) outside I was able to get my garage with a heater to 52 so decided to take out the driveshaft /axle.

Well I finally got it out, there is some tricks involved..took me 3hrs...should be able to do it now in 1hr. There is a shop in Denver that specialized in axle repairs so I took it out there today. Turns out they see these all the time for volvo xc's, he was actually working on a couple...wonder if they where for another shop charging $800...On my 2001 driveshaft there is the load bearing (seemed fine), then there is a box (with I think 3 or 4 wheel bearings that ride inside the metal box in the grooves -allows drive shaft to extend about 4 inches) and then the CV joint part. From initial inspection it appears the metal box is worn in the grooves (inside), the carrier and CV is fine. The shop owner said that is usually the case with most of these drive axles. He charges $200 to build it back up a re-machine it to spec.

So I will let you know if I have any success. Might even take some pic's and be a solid contributor. Should get it back tomorrow then have it back by the weekend.

I checked that website but could not find the drive shaft. $200 seems good but maybe that is just for the CV part. Remember the axle assembly consist out of two axles joined in the middle by the "box". CV boot replacement require shaft removal and I think CV boot replacement should be cake if you have the shaft out.

Stay tuned
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Postby Guest » 09 Dec 2005, 04:12

I received my drive axle back from the shop in Denver called Axle and Drivesaft Rebuilders. Did I mention they rebuild these for the Volvo Shops in town. I put it back in tonight took about an hour...just being careful. Tested it out and it works just fine....no more wheel wobble feedback thru the brake pedal. The part that was worked out was the "LOBRO" portion that I just call the box.

They also replace a bearing in the CV joint ...the boots was just fine. For others reading this that need to replace the CV joint boot. Just take out the axle and replace the boot yourself or get a axle shop to take it apart for around $50 and slap on the new boots. It is not too bad.

The shops phone numbers are 303-297-0264 / 303-297- 2928 (Dave). They where very professional and run a very clean shop. They also repair the rear driveshafts and CV joint....up to semi truck size!

So here is some tips...to make a $1000 repair for $200. 2hrs to take out 1hr to install. Can do 1 out and 45 min to install.

1. Prop up the car with 2 jack stands on each side
2. Remove the wheel and the bolt that hold the axle in from the outside of the wheel (on the cv side).
3. Loosen up the clip that hold the brake line (will give the wheel more play)
4. Loosen the two control arms? where they connect to the brake caliper assembly.
4. I do not think now that it is required but it takes a coupe minutes to remove the bearing holder that is secured to the engine block with 5 bolts (sorry for the non mechanic terminology). I think this is called the carrier bearing.
5. Now the axle on the transfer case side can be poped out with a screwdriver quite easily. Just get it loose.
6. Here is the key to getting this axle out..... pull the rotor /brake assembly towards you (like the wheel would swing if you turn hard right...as far as you can. You might have to turn the rotor a couple degrees to get the cv to bend as far as possible. Then knock with a piece of wood form the outside (of the rotor) on the axle until it starts slipping back. You might have to use a jack under the rotor to move the rotor assembly up and down if it does not want to give. Just take your time and it will come out.

Find your local axle / drivehaft shop and they can repair. To install same thing just backwards. Here is some pictures
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Axle repair

Postby Guest » 09 Dec 2005, 04:16

Well sorry guys unable to get the pics small enough. Will try again this weekend.
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Postby matthew1 » 09 Dec 2005, 07:00

Email to me and I'll post them:
matth--(at)--matthewsvolvosite--(dot)--com

NICE writeup. Thanks.
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Postby Guest » 14 Dec 2005, 04:01

Everyone, I have sent Matthew the file containing the pic's and some more instructions. Hope that he can get it uploaded for us, I did not have much luck with that.

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Postby matthew1 » 14 Dec 2005, 06:05

Holy smokes, those are good!

Sorry bout the delay; I'm lazy and benefit from these public proddings.

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Postby MadeInJapan » 25 Oct 2006, 00:57

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Re: Front Driveshaft Removal V70 XC

Postby E170_Driver » 22 Jan 2010, 04:12

I found this series of images and a great write up. I have noticed a circular spray (just like shown in image #4) around the unit right next to the carrier bearing. It seems to be regular motor oil, but not quite sure. Any ideas on what it might be or where it is coming from??? I will be more than happy to provide a picture.

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Re: Front Driveshaft Removal V70 XC

Postby rcundy1 » 07 Feb 2010, 02:30

The oil you see is actually grease that has come out of your CV joint due to a broken boot. If not repaired the CV joint will fail and the above repair will be required.
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Re: Front Driveshaft Removal V70 XC

Postby E170_Driver » 22 Feb 2010, 02:50

RCUNDY1 thanks much for the reply,

Once again, 2001 model shall not let me down; the vehicle has been shaking quite a bit while accelerating (especially uphill and I do have a circular spray around the inside of the wheel well) my next project will be to replace driver's side axle assembly...once the part comes in and I find the courage to start taking my car apart pictures shall follow (as usual). Any suggestions, additional parts needed and most important is an alignment necessary?

BTW, the driveshaft assembly from FCPGROTON any good.
http://www.fcpgroton.com/product-exec/p ... ory_id/103

Thanks much...

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Re: Front Driveshaft Removal V70 XC

Postby jmoss » 12 Mar 2010, 05:06

I think I have this problem but I am not sure. I am hearing a loud crunching sound from the front passenger wheel whenever I go over a bump of any size. If I put my foot on the top of the tire while the car is sitting on the ground and push will I feel some play in the wheel like I imagine a wheel with bad bearings would feel.

Even if I don't have this issue, I wanted to commend you for the great pics and explanation. It is great to see that people still care about sharing information and trying to help each other.
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Re: Front Driveshaft Removal V70 XC

Postby Mike850 » 10 May 2010, 17:58

jmoss wrote: I am hearing a loud crunching sound from the front passenger wheel whenever I go over a bump of any size. If I put my foot on the top of the tire while the car is sitting on the ground and push will I feel some play in the wheel like I imagine a wheel with bad bearings would feel.


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It could be that your "wheel bearing" (referred to as a wheel hub assembly) could be bad. After I purchased my 850 a couple years ago, I was experiencing what you describe. Below is a picture of my car's wheel hub assembly after removing the spindle to inspect it. It was completley destroyed! The bearing race had disinegrated and all the ball bearing were loose in the hub. I replaced both hub assemblies and purchased them from FCP Groton for seems like around $100 each.

Good luck in diagnosing the problem!
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