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XC90 READ Assembly … $2,450 to fix?

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XC90 3.2 engine

MVS Volvo Forums member Hobbs got a quote for almost $2500 to fix his XC90’s READ assembly. MVS Forums Contributor and all-around Volvo ninja jimmy57 explains what the READ assembly is, why it’s important, and what it does in XC90s.

Rear Engine Ancillary Drive, READ, is the gearbox on side of engine that links crankshaft to the camshaft drive chain and drives the alternator and the serpentine belt that runs a/c compressor, water pump, and power steering pump.

The bearing will get worse and the metal coming from failing bearing can be damaging to the engine. XC90 READ Assembly

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