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Steering 2004 XC70

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2001 - 2007 V70
2001 - 2004 V70 XC (Cross Country)
2004 - 2007 XC70 (Cross Country)
2001 - 2009 S60
2003 - 2007 S60 R
2004 - 2007 V70 R

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Re: Steering 2004 XC70

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chrism wrote: 30 Nov 2022, 14:42
jonesg wrote: 30 Nov 2022, 06:30 my front end tended to hunt on acceleration, it was worn control arms allowing torque steer..
My experience also.
Lifted car and looked for wear in suspension components. Nothing obvious found. Then used pry bar looking for play, again, nothing found.

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Post by chrism »

If the control arms are snug could the subframe bushings were worn, allowing everything to shift together?

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chrism wrote: 02 Dec 2022, 13:32 If the control arms are snug could the subframe bushings were worn, allowing everything to shift together?
Didn't check those. I'll have a look tomorrow.

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goldxc70 wrote: 03 Dec 2022, 22:40
chrism wrote: 02 Dec 2022, 13:32 If the control arms are snug could the subframe bushings were worn, allowing everything to shift together?
Didn't check those. I'll have a look tomorrow.
Subframe bushings are fine.

It's beginning to look like the rack.

What are the best options for replacement? OEM or rebuild?

Yikes - just looked up pricing :(

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Quality rebuilt all the way. Detroit axle or united power steering are good options. I paid about $300 CAD total last year for mine after I returned the core. There are rebuilders in Toronto that may or may not offer decent pricing.

Just be certain you get the right one. Variable or non variable assist. Threaded or push-in connections. ZF or SMI (CHECK the stamp on the pinion, I don't care what anybody says that's the only 100% accurate way of telling). And finally- The lower u-joint style. It's in your best interest to buy a new u-joint anyway so this may be done after purchasing the rack anyway (OEM from Volvo Toronto is a great price.)
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Was gonna say control arm on the one side. Had something like that when braking, but makes sense could happen on acceleration.

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br0dy519 wrote: 06 Dec 2022, 20:37 Quality rebuilt all the way. Detroit axle or united power steering are good options. I paid about $300 CAD total last year for mine after I returned the core. There are rebuilders in Toronto that may or may not offer decent pricing.

Just be certain you get the right one. Variable or non variable assist. Threaded or push-in connections. ZF or SMI (CHECK the stamp on the pinion, I don't care what anybody says that's the only 100% accurate way of telling). And finally- The lower u-joint style. It's in your best interest to buy a new u-joint anyway so this may be done after purchasing the rack anyway (OEM from Volvo Toronto is a great price.)
Sounds like there is plenty of research to do. If I do decide to change the rack, I'll definitely change the hoses as well. The U-joint/steering shaft I changed last year to eliminate excess play.

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Post by goldxc70 »

How about left side driveshaft? Could that be causing my "steering" problem?

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