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life expectancy of struts and shocks

Post by rb61 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:51 pm

I have a 2001 S80 with 140k.
I purchased it used and do not know if these have been replaced.
This my first Volvo and I do not have a feel for a proper ride.
What is a good indicator for replacement?
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Re: life expectancy of struts and shocks

Post by Cees Klumper » Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:33 pm

Standard test is to press each corner down sharply, then it should bounce back and settle at the ride height ('down-up') immediately without bouncing several times. Youtube probably has good videos that will show you. For piece of mind you could just replace with good quality new, including other suspension wear components.

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Re: life expectancy of struts and shocks

Post by oragex » Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:55 am

These struts still bounce very well but they get very stiff on poor pavement. Depends what 'proper ride' means. Is it too harsh - struts/shocks are the main culprit. Too soft and too much roll - worn sway bar bushings, very worn shocks. Steering too vague - worn sway bar bushings, worn subframe bushings, worn struts. If the ride is rather 'awkward' - bouncy, unstable, the shocks may have been replaced with cheap ones. Use a small mirror and look on the side of the front struts facing the engine, just under the bottom of the spring - the original struts may still have a yellow sticker with Volvo/Sachs on them

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Re: life expectancy of struts and shocks

Post by Rattnalle » Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:05 pm

There's no way struts aren't due for replacements at that milage if they're originals.

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Re: life expectancy of struts and shocks

Post by June » Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:17 pm

Replace the springs with the front struts. It made a world of difference in front height. Once you are sure the suspension is all tight and you still don't have that European feel than replace the tires with either the correct S80 tire the Michelin Primacy 4 which replaced the 3 or MXM4 original equipment tires. Or select tire made for the big Benz or BMW. BIG, not little sports models or Asian or American cars. June
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Re: life expectancy of struts and shocks

Post by Rattnalle » Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:35 pm

June wrote: ↑
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:17 pm
Replace the springs with the front struts. It made a world of difference in front height. Once you are sure the suspension is all tight and you still don't have that European feel than replace the tires with either the correct S80 tire the Michelin Primacy 4 which replaced the 3 or MXM4 original equipment tires. Or select tire made for the big Benz or BMW. BIG, not little sports models or Asian or American cars. June
Well. If you avoid all season tyres, select a proper brand and stick to the correct load index and size they'll be correct for the size of car. Though I've also heard that on your end it's a good idea to select a tyre made for the European market or a sports tyre since the US regular tyres and substandard, soft and squishy. The Pilot Sport would fit that description.
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Re: life expectancy of struts and shocks

Post by June » Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:59 pm

Rattnalle wrote: ↑
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:35 pm
June wrote: ↑
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:17 pm
Replace the springs with the front struts. It made a world of difference in front height. Once you are sure the suspension is all tight and you still don't have that European feel than replace the tires with either the correct S80 tire the Michelin Primacy 4 which replaced the 3 or MXM4 original equipment tires. Or select tire made for the big Benz or BMW. BIG, not little sports models or Asian or American cars. June
Well. If you avoid all season tyres, select a proper brand and stick to the correct load index and size they'll be correct for the size of car. Though I've also heard that on your end it's a good idea to select a tyre made for the European market or a sports tyre since the US regular tyres and substandard, soft and squishy. The Pilot Sport would fit that description.
Piot Sport sucks on S80! It must be a tire made for larger European cars not sport cars. Piot Sport on my S80 T6 turned it from a 7 seriesish feel with the right amount of American luxury to a clunky log wagon. The Piot Sport really suffers from flat spots after cooling overnight. I assume the 2 ton weight of the S80 is the cause. I didn't leave the Pilot Sport on for long it was that bad. Now the hot Florida weather may also be a factor. So if it's made for a BMW 3 series then, Lexus sport coupe or any other smaller sport car than no for the S80... MB S class, BMW 5 or 7 series, yes then as in original equipment tire for either. June
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Re: life expectancy of struts and shocks

Post by Rattnalle » Mon Jan 20, 2020 1:04 pm

June wrote: ↑
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:59 pm
Rattnalle wrote: ↑
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:35 pm
June wrote: ↑
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:17 pm
Replace the springs with the front struts. It made a world of difference in front height. Once you are sure the suspension is all tight and you still don't have that European feel than replace the tires with either the correct S80 tire the Michelin Primacy 4 which replaced the 3 or MXM4 original equipment tires. Or select tire made for the big Benz or BMW. BIG, not little sports models or Asian or American cars. June
Well. If you avoid all season tyres, select a proper brand and stick to the correct load index and size they'll be correct for the size of car. Though I've also heard that on your end it's a good idea to select a tyre made for the European market or a sports tyre since the US regular tyres and substandard, soft and squishy. The Pilot Sport would fit that description.
Piot Sport sucks on S80! It must be a tire made for larger European cars not sport cars. Piot Sport on my S80 T6 turned it from a 7 seriesish feel with the right amount of American luxury to a clunky log wagon. The Piot Sport really suffers from flat spots after cooling overnight. I assume the 2 ton weight of the S80 is the cause. I didn't leave the Pilot Sport on for long it was that bad. Now the hot Florida weather may also be a factor. So if it's made for a BMW 3 series then, Lexus sport coupe or any other smaller sport car than no for the S80... MB S class, BMW 5 or 7 series, yes then as in original equipment tire for either. June
I think I meant to type Primacy. Though I have no personal experience of either. I've only used the 15" Michelin Energy Saver when I had a S80 and they were excellent for a comfortable ride on rough roads.

But regardless the S80 weighs only about 16-1700 kg. a lot less than a modern S class or 7 series. But comparable to the 5 series or E class, at least of reasonably similar age. Cars have gotten a lot heavier, the new Volvos are several hundred kgs heavier. I'm guessing most newer bimmers and mercs are as well.

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Re: life expectancy of struts and shocks

Post by abscate » Fri Jan 24, 2020 11:49 am

June wrote: ↑
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:59 pm
Rattnalle wrote: ↑
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:35 pm
June wrote: ↑
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:17 pm
Replace the springs with the front struts. It made a world of difference in front height. Once you are sure the suspension is all tight and you still don't have that European feel than replace the tires with either the correct S80 tire the Michelin Primacy 4 which replaced the 3 or MXM4 original equipment tires. Or select tire made for the big Benz or BMW. BIG, not little sports models or Asian or American cars. June
Well. If you avoid all season tyres, select a proper brand and stick to the correct load index and size they'll be correct for the size of car. Though I've also heard that on your end it's a good idea to select a tyre made for the European market or a sports tyre since the US regular tyres and substandard, soft and squishy. The Pilot Sport would fit that description.
Piot Sport sucks on S80! It must be a tire made for larger European cars not sport cars. Piot Sport on my S80 T6 turned it from a 7 seriesish feel with the right amount of American luxury to a clunky log wagon. The Piot Sport really suffers from flat spots after cooling overnight. I assume the 2 ton weight of the S80 is the cause. I didn't leave the Pilot Sport on for long it was that bad. Now the hot Florida weather may also be a factor. So if it's made for a BMW 3 series then, Lexus sport coupe or any other smaller sport car than no for the S80... MB S class, BMW 5 or 7 series, yes then as in original equipment tire for either. June
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