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  1. How hard is it to remove the sub-frame mounts?

    When I was trying anything and everything solve a clunk in the front end (that turned out to be work swaybar linkages) I put those blue urethane inserts in the voids of my sub-frame mounts. The extra...
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    Updating the DRL look

    The halogen globes in my DRLs (I have bi-xenon lights) were looking dated with their yellowish color, compared to other cars with HID and LED lights. I updated mine with a set of eBay HIDs. Let me...
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    I put Infinity component speakers in my front...

    I put Infinity component speakers in my front doors, and Infinity coax in the rear doors, both with roll off caps so they weren't sucking as much power trying to play low frequencies they weren't...
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    GKN is the OEM. The axles I removed had GKN...

    GKN is the OEM. The axles I removed had GKN stickers on them still. I got mine from FCP, brand new. The Volvo axles in the Volvo boxes at the dealer were refurbished GKN for twice the price of...
  5. Easy way to get a driver's side drive shaft out

    I've had vibration in the front of my car for quite a while, and a bit of radial play in the driveshaft inner CV joints. I replaced the worst, on the passenger side, and it made quite a difference....
  6. I got a mechanical engineering degree millions of...

    I got a mechanical engineering degree millions of years ago, but ended up a salesweasel. The formal education made me skeptical of most things. Like, "hey, where's the ring and why is it OK to not...
  7. Whew! If it's good enough for you, then done...

    Whew! If it's good enough for you, then done deal. Thanks for your time to post the reassurance!
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    I got two "as good as OEM" bearings for the front...

    I got two "as good as OEM" bearings for the front of my 2004 years ago. They lasted about a year. I put in real OEM bearings and sent the knock offs back for a full refund. So they can go bad...
  9. Why don't driver's side replacement axles have the damper ring?

    The passenger side axle helped my vibration so much, I decided to the driver's side, too, just for sick fun. The passenger side GKN was exactly like the OE part I removed, that was marked "GKN".
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    The passenger side was relatively easy, I just...

    The passenger side was relatively easy, I just did it in my house garage. I have a ramp lift in my back garage where I park my Chevelle, but didn't do it there because I didn't want to shuffle cars...
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    Are front axle shafts in a dry pocket?

    Hey all! Today I replaced the front passenger drive shaft chasing a vibration sensation. I was ready for gear lube or ATF to pour out of the housing when the shaft exited, but the shaft was dry and...
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    Do the rear sway bar links too. I did mine just...

    Do the rear sway bar links too. I did mine just because it was only $50 and I got a thrill out of cheap Volvo work, but they actually quieted a thump I thought was my hatch.
  13. I was going to use my own method, but the return...

    I was going to use my own method, but the return line seemed problematic. The nipple on the reservoir seemed like it was at least an inch long, and I could not get the the hose to budge, not even...
  14. $40 New Transmission, sort Of.... It was the power steering pump

    I thought my transmission was whining/growling, especially when super hot, ugh! I started thinking about the noise, and thought it sounded kinda like a power steering pump. I checked the PS...
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    My 2004 with 175K miles vibrates on acceleration,...

    My 2004 with 175K miles vibrates on acceleration, too. It feels like a tire moderately out of balance. It's smooth on cruise and decel. Another XC70 oddity to chase down.

    BTW, My bang/rattle in...
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    Thanks everyone! Based on feedback, I'm going to...

    Thanks everyone! Based on feedback, I'm going to stuff (compress) fuel line in the gaps unless I can find some good high durometer rubber rod at McMaster.
  17. OK, I replaced all the mounts a year ago and it...

    OK, I replaced all the mounts a year ago and it didn't make any difference. Rats! So for a year I have been annoyed by the clunk. A I work with said, "it's your sway bar end links". Like billr99...
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    How much play in your top motor mount?

    When chasing a clunk in the front end of my car, I replaced all 5 motor mount with genuine Volvo parts. That was 10k miles ago. And after all the work to do the mounts, the problem persisted.
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    OK, I got the rusty turbo nuts off, yay! After...

    OK, I got the rusty turbo nuts off, yay! After soaking with Kroil penetrant, they came off with 5" ratchet. Whew, I didn't want to shear a stud and have to buy a turbo too.

    I've got a MIG...
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    Found my sputtering exhaust noise :)

    I've had a tiny exhaust sputter for some time, but knowing what a cash disposal and pain it would be to fix anything on this car, I've just lived with it. When I started it last night, it...
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    Never heard it before, it's loud! Ok, as long as...

    Never heard it before, it's loud! Ok, as long as they aren't notorious for shooting the core right out of the coil, I will relax for now. Are they right under the console shroud? Thanks.
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    Transmission lever unlock big click

    Quite recently, never noticed it before, I can hear a fairly loud click when the car is in park and I push the brake pedal. The click happens exactly simultaneously with the brake light coming on. ...
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    I've found a use for under 10Nm wrenching, carbon...

    I've found a use for under 10Nm wrenching, carbon stems clamping carbon handle bars on bikes, they range from 4-6Nm. You don't want to be guessing there! :) I use a Park Tools beam torque wrench.
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    I ordered the Marelli from FCP. The box said...

    I ordered the Marelli from FCP. The box said "Made in E.U." The old in in my car was made in Czechoslovakia, now part of the EU. They are exactly, exactly the same in every tiny detail, it's the...
  25. I'm late to the party, is there a list of parts...

    I'm late to the party, is there a list of parts needed (04) and an exploded view or instructions somewhere? I've used Mobile 1 since I assumed the rings were seated at 10K miles. That stuff is...
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