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Volvo C70, Coupe
#1597 of 1649 Front End Rumble
Sep 26, 2008 (8:27 pm)
Recently had timing belt replaced as well as new front rotors and pads. Noticed soon after a low rumble or grinding noise coming from front end as the car slows to a complete stop. Returned to dealer who did the work. They checked it out and found nothing wrong. Said maybe rotors needs to be seated. In time will quiet down. I want to know if this is a brake problem or any kind of transmission problem before it's too late. 1999 Volvo C70 coupe LPT 105K miles, auto trans.
#1598 of 1649 Re: Front passenger window and adjusting Xenon headlights [volvomax]
Sep 29, 2008 (8:50 am)
I have the same issue with my bi-xenon headlights. They are just aimed a bit too low. Possibly the perception is exaggerated by the sharp cut-off of the beam. Since this is my first car with xenons, I thought at first that maybe it was just a matter of getting used to the sharp beam cut-off. But the distance down the road that is lit up is just too short. I constantly feel like I am going to "outrun" the headlights, in the sense that there isn't enough reaction time for the short length of road that is lit up.
I made one attempt to have my dealer look at it, and they just said that they are fine. But they're not. Rather than argue with my dealer about it, I think I'm going to try the manual adjustment myself, per instructions seen on one of the other Volvo forums I look at. I'm going to do this incrementally, since I don't want to blind other drivers, etc.
#1599 of 1649 Re: Front passenger window and adjusting Xenon headlights [rschleicher]
Oct 01, 2008 (7:44 am)
I would not try to do this myself. I was told by the Service Manager at two different Volvo dealers that it is a "software" problem. Don't ask me how software can cure what I would assume to be a physical adjustment or physics problem. All I know is that it took two attempts and the lights were ultimately "adjusted" satisfactorily. Your description of "outrun" the headlights is extremely apt and is scary. Call up and speak to the Service Manager and if that does no good, call Volvo directly. Have Volvo correct it.
#1600 of 1649 Re: Front passenger window and adjusting Xenon headlights [bobparis]
Oct 03, 2008 (9:18 pm)
When I went back to the dealer, the servgiceperson had marked the file that the lights were fine. When I spoke with the customer rep., he manually adjusted the lights himself using a socket wrench...he also agreed that they were aimed too low. I'm checking the revised angle to see whether they're sufficiently aimed high enough and not a distraction to oncoming cars. Anyone experiencing this problem needs to keep speaking to Volvo service until they make this adjustment.
#1601 of 1649 Let's talk tires
Oct 06, 2008 (11:21 am)
Has anyone with the 18 inch wheels tried a tire other than the OE Pirelli PZero Rosso? Last fall I replaced two because my wife blew one out on our '07 C70 and the other was shot (about 15K on the car) and once again the two fronts need to be replaced (about 31K) and really all four should be. Best price I've found for the Pirelli's is $949 for four with shipping plus mounting and balancing. I'm just wondering if there is a cheaper alternative that works as well and maybe lasts a little longer....
#1602 of 1649 Re: Let's talk tires [stanwict]
Oct 07, 2008 (3:04 pm)
My set of factory Pirelli PZero's (speed rated at approx 160 mph) lasted 17,500 miles and I hated the "ride." An independent tire store in my area that has been around for decades set me up with Hankook Ventus HR II 235/40R18 93H tires, speed rated at about 130 mph. The ride is better - and the steering wheel doesn't jerk as much in either direction due to potholes and other road conditions. The tires should last about 30,000 miles. Again, they are speed rated less than the factory tires but at an MPH that is still considerably faster than I will ever go - this was disclosed to me by the tire dealer prior to purchase. Apparently a Volvo dealer would not be able to fit a tire speed rated less than the factory tire. Just had them rotated at 10,000 miles yesterday and they are wearing fine. I showed them the page from the owner's manual where it states that Volvo does not recommend rotating the tires. They were flabergasted. The Volvo dealer, off the record, also advised rotating the tires. Good luck.
#1603 of 1649 Re: Let's talk tires [bobparis]
Oct 08, 2008 (11:56 am)
Thanks for the response. How is the road noise and rain driving with the Hankook's?
#1604 of 1649 Re: Let's talk tires [stanwict]
Oct 09, 2008 (6:40 am)
The tires are quieter. As far as rain driving is concerned, I don't have much experience since I am in southern California. With limited experience under such conditions, nothing was out of the ordinary on wet roads.
#1605 of 1649 Re: Let's talk tires [bobparis]
Oct 20, 2008 (8:00 am)
Last week I put four Hankook Ventus HR II tires on my car and have to say they are great so far. They are so much quieter, so much more comfortable and so much less expensive than the OEM Pirellis with no loss of performance as far as I can tell. My only gripe per say is they are not made in the USA.
#1606 of 1649 Re: Let's talk tires [stanwict]
Oct 20, 2008 (8:51 am)
Hold on a sec. You are driving a SWEDISH car and you are griping that the tires aren't made in the USA?!