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How to Maintain Your AWD Volvo’s Driveshaft

AWD Volvo’s Driveshaft Maintenance

For all AWD Volvo Models

Volvo XC70 AWD propshaft joint lubrication

MVS Forum member Jimmy tells us explicitly how to make your AWD Volvo system go well over 100k miles. If you’re reading this with 150k+ miles on yours, and you haven’t “done anything” to extend the AWD system’s life, you’ve probably been kind to your driveshaft, for instance keeping all 4 same brand / same tread depth tires on her (for 1st gen AWD Volvos), or you’ve driven gently, or you’re lucky.

But if you hear chirps or a bumping noise on acceleration, it will progress to a vibration when the joint gets dry and balls wear and joint fails.

The driveshaft from angle gear to viscous coupling needs to have the CV joints lubed by 100K miles or there is a great likelihood you will end up replacing the whole shaft assembly or at least the front joint if available.

It is not a hard job but there are precautions.

Read this VRD article for some tips & tricks on maintaining the AWD system on your AWD V70/S70. AWD Volvo’s Driveshaft Maintenance

Read the rest: Volvo AWD Maintenance Procedure DIY
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Bonus! 10 Interesting Volvo Facts

  • In Latin, the word Volvo means: I spin. Today however the nearest meaning is “I roll”.
  • Volvo was founded in 1924. The two founders were Gustav Larsson and Assar Gabrielsson.
  • The ÖV 4 is the first Volvo car. The first car was sell-ready in 1927. The 2-Liter, 4-cilinder car got the nickname: Jakob.
  • Volvo’s very first commercial vehicle was the Type-1 truck. The release year was 1928. In the same year, Volvo released the second car, the Volvo PV 651. Volvo manufactured a total of 1383 of both vehicles in the first year; of which automaker exported 27.
  • This trend saw a sharp rise in 1932 when Volvo released a good amount of 10,000 vehicles, both trucks and cars.
  • The company, however, started making a large-scale profit from the year 1935. The first luxurious car by Volvo was the PV36, which could carry six passengers at a time. The design of this iconic car paved the path for future Volvo cars to come. I came in the market with a price tag of 8,500 Swedish kronor.
  • Volvo touched a landmark in 1941, with the sale of its 50,000th vehicle; this is a unique achievement considering the time when WWII was in full swing.

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4 Comments

I Drive a 2006 Volvo all wheel drive s40 t5 and it’s making a chattering noise in the mornings on warm up on acceleration can I get this all wheel drive service done or do I need a new drive shaft

I Drive a 2006 Volvo all wheel drive t5 and it’s making a chattering noise in the mornings on warm up on acceleration can I get this all wheel drive service done or do I need a new drive shaft

No, it won’t hurt anything. Just put your best tires on the front. Older Volvo’s with the mechanical AWD couplers were sensitive to tread depth and placement, but yours is electronic and it won’t hurt anything.

Barbara Dumais says:

I drive a 2006 Volvo S60 AWD with 56,700 miles on it. One tire cannot be repaired. When I replaced all four tires a couple of years ago, I purchased road hazard and I was told that if needed in the future all four tires would be replaced without charge. Now the company is telling me that because the remaining tires have > 50% tread remaining that it’s only necessary to replace the one damaged tire. Is this true? My understanding was that this could result in damage to the transmission. Please advise. Thank you.

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