How to balance cost with need on an old car – repairs. This is the Big Evil Meatball of car ownership IMHO.
There are so many ways to waste money on old cars I could write for weeks and not get halfway in Chapter One. In fact, we as a collective entity have done this, and we’re on Chapter two in decade two.
I thought for sure that we had a writeup on control arms but we sure don’t. I would like to say that it is just 3 bolts and you are done but it is never that easy. The Haynes manual is pretty good there but I guess I need to do a writeup on the next one that I change. That doesn’t help you now.
With all of the fat boiled away it really is a matter of removing three bolts, removing the control arm, and then bolting the replacement back in but there are some “Gotchas” along the way.
Springs support the weight of the car and are generally specified in pounds of force required to deflect (compress) the spring 1 inch, also known as spring rate. The higher the number the firmer/stiffer the spring. Springs that take a linear amount of force to deflect are called linear springs while progressive springs take less force to deflect initially and take more force to continue deflection as the spring is compressed. Progressive springs are popular with performance enthusiasts as they provide a more comfortable initial spring rate with a firmer final spring rate that keeps the vehicle more stable. A good way to think about springs is to remember that they limit how far the suspension moves, not how fast.
Unfortunately, replacement 4C struts cost an arm and a leg, often topping $1500 for all four. I’m not talking about the whole job with labor but rather just the struts’ cost. This Volvo Forum struts post discusses where to find these special Monroe struts for relatively cheaply… around $1000 for all four.
An excellent write-up for replacing rear shocks on 1993-2000 Volvo 850/V70/S70/C70. Procedure 1. Car in Park, Apply Hand Brake. Chock Front wheels! 2. Jack the Rear and place Jackstand under the subframe (where the delta control arms is attached to). Yes Jackstand under the subframe, and not under the control arms. 3. Open the trunk, […]
Do I need to upgrade front & rear suspension simultaneously? Do I need to change wheel bearings also ? (Car has 97000 miles) How important it is to change springs? Other that Shock & Springs in rear what else should I change I am looking for good comfortable ride (70% comfort, 30% handling), Which shocks/springs […]