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Front driver side strut mount creaking

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Volvo Repair Database Front driver side strut mount creaking

Post by skaupert » Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:37 pm

For the last month or so, there have been moderate creaking sounds coming from the left front. They remind me of sounds I heard before the spring seat/strut mount in the 2005 XC70 failed spectacularly. :)

The struts were replaced by the previous owner maybe 10k miles ago. From the top I can see the (French) warning stickers - about not removing the nut :). The sticker on the right hand side is undisturbed, the sticker on the left shows about a quarter inch of movement of the top of the strut rod in either direction from the center point. Not enough to suggest failure, but also not nothing.

Anyone here who has experience with strut mount failures on a P3? (note that I have two P2 Volvo's, with IPD spring seats in the 2001, and the 2005 about to get them, so my question is really specific to the P3, which I've only owned since January of this year).

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Re: Front driver side strut mount creaking

Post by RickHaleParker » Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:08 pm

Grab the fender well and lift up, keeping your eyes on the strut mount.

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