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2000 V70 FWD delta link question

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2000 V70 FWD delta link question

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When going over the rear of my new project I had a look at the rear delta links (I think that is what they are called) and they appear to have a ball swivel type of collar over a rubber bush in the center. How do you ascertain if they need replacement? I took a couple of pictures and appreciate input. I know they are stinkers to replace!
LH rear delta link
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LH rear delta link (2)
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RH rear delta link (2)
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Re: 2000 V70 FWD delta link question

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Those look ok to me. Let sleeping dogs lie.
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Re: 2000 V70 FWD delta link question

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E Showell wrote:Those look ok to me. Let sleeping dogs lie.
Truer words have never been spoken! Replacing both will run you about $300 for OE Lemforder links. These rubberized suspension bushings are one-time use things and are designed to last 15 years or so. So they don't come out easily. You can't really know if they're good from visual inspection, far as I can tell... The piece may look fine and be fine. Or it may look fine but not be functional. I think you're more than visually inspecting it, you're trying to isolate a "clunk" coming from the rear that cannot possibly be a shock, shock mount, trailing arm, or a coil spring.

Bear of a job to perform unless you:

a. have the tools or
b. get lucky and have parts of it fall out when you go to replace it.

MercedesDieselGuy has a great tutorial on Youtube documenting the job. But again, he uses the appropriate tool for the job.


When I removed a subframe bushing. The metal insert fell out of one subframe bushings as soon as I removed the bolt. From a visual inspection, it looked fine... So yeah, proceed as you see fit!

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Re: 2000 V70 FWD delta link question

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I'm not getting any noises that I can tell or knocking from it. Just wondered as I am more used to AWD rear suspension so I don't really know what normal or ok looks like. I really don't want to tackle these if I don't have to as I know they are a bear, apart from the cost.

I'll leave for now and hope the new rear shocks fix the weird feeling from the rear of the car, along with setting the tire pressures correctly.

Thanks guys!

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Re: 2000 V70 FWD delta link question

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I'm new to this car so my opinion won't hold a lot of water. After replacing rear shocks and mounts there was still this unusual feel from the rear. The delta links were solid and not much sagging when jacking the rear.

What I did find was the transverse arm end links/bushing sheared right off on passenger side. I replaced both sides since it almost requires a lot of disassembly to install. The ride and feel improved considerably.

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Re: 2000 V70 FWD delta link question

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All inputs are appreciated no matter the experience level on Volvos. I have many 'Eureka' moments from replies from newer members as well as the old hands on here (most respectively meant guys!).

I'll have a look there as well. I did have a reasonable look during the check over and didn't see anything obvious with those bushes, but like you said they are not always obvious. I'll get the car higher at the back when replacing the rear parking brake cables so I can get my largeness under the car further to see better. I'm hoping it is just the bad shocks, wrong tire pressures (the fronts were at 50+psi and the rears were 32 and 35!!) and dragging brake on LHR. But it is worth the check all the same!

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