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#231 of 379 It was not the tranny on my 01 XC V70
Nov 12, 2008 (11:07 am)
My 2001 Volvo has 123,000 miles and started acting up about 5,000 miles or so. Clunking, not getting power between 2-3, I was afraid my transmission was going to fall out of the car at any moment. After the first two mechanics telling me it was my transmission I found this blog site and was utterly amazed. Upon my third mechanic he drove it around for days and had several other mechanics in the car with him. He was positive it was not my transmission. He replaced all 4 wheel bearings, my engine mount and a few bushings and now my car is as good as new. I just couldn't understand how I was getting all those noises and clunking and bucking and it was just the wheel bearings. He said they were so bad that coming off the line the back of my car couldn't get enough power. My Volvo is running as smooth as the day I bought her now. I'm hoping this might help a few other people out there, although I could have just been lucky it was not my tranny. Let me know if this helps anyone else out!
#232 of 379 Re: It was not the tranny on my 01 XC V70 [khood1]
Nov 18, 2008 (9:28 am)
Please describe your "clunking" in more detail. It would be great to compare to what I am seeing.
In our 2001 XC, 100K miles, the car will lose the power to the wheels, as if it is suddenly interrupted. Then WHAM, the power to the wheels kicks back in with a neck snapping jolt if you don't get your foot quickly off the accelerator. It seems to do this in random situations, though most often when coming out of a turn.
One would assume this is the transmission, which is perhaps why no mechanic (until yours) tried another approach. If this is all true, you may have to name names so this mechanic can try fixing my car.
#233 of 379 Re: It was not the tranny on my 01 XC V70 [dixon1e]
Nov 18, 2008 (9:59 am)
My car did the exact same thing regarding the power. The clunking was heard mostly when I would move the car from park to drive and vice versa both always making me feel like it was the tranny. My mechanic who happens to be a Subi mechanic was the one that figured it out and sent it down to his mechanice who fixes Volvos. I found him in Sacramento CA, don't know if you are close or not, you could always give him a call. Let me know. It was such a cheap fix as opposed to a new tranny.
#234 of 379 Re: It was not the tranny on my 01 XC V70 [khood1]
Nov 19, 2008 (2:28 pm)
Are you serious? You're saying replacing bushings made clunking and jerking go away??? I am amazed.
Can you tell what exact parts were replaced? How much did it cost you?
And what kind of problem you had with 2-3 gears you mentioned?
#235 of 379 Re: It was not the tranny on my 01 XC V70 [vengeanceis]
Nov 19, 2008 (2:37 pm)
I replaced all 4 wheel bearings, a few bushings (I'm a chic not exactly sure which ones.) and the engine mount. My total cost was $1300 (a very inexpensive mechanic.) I had major clunking and jerking between 2-3. If I was at a stoplight and came off the line at about 20-25 my car would almost give me whiplash and sound as if it was missing gears.
#236 of 379 Re: It was not the tranny on my 01 XC V70 [khood1]
Nov 19, 2008 (5:17 pm)
Alas, I am in Texas, so Sacramento won't happen. Still, if it's a phone call I need to pay for so _your_ mechanic can tell _my_ mechanic what to do, it would be worth it. Please let me know who did the fixing. You can send msg to my userid at gmail.
#237 of 379 Re: It was not the tranny on my 01 XC V70 [khood1]
Nov 21, 2008 (12:53 am)
Oh my god,, I have a 2001 Volvo V70 T5 Wagon and I am having problems with car jerking and clunking noises,,,,when I take off,, its not getting any power,, it feels very sluggish and jerks between gears,, also when I hit bumps in the road I hear a rattle
#238 of 379 Re: It was not the tranny on my 01 XC V70 [khood1]
Nov 21, 2008 (11:17 pm)
You know what is really amazing, I bought my car at 82kmiles, and drove fine for more than a year. I had no problems whatsoever.
After a year I decided I'd do "some maintenance" on the car, although honestly there was no real need for that. But I took it to a shop and they advised to replace front lower BUSHINGS (! ding!), they did ATF flush (transmission fluid) and something else minor. Total bill was close to your figure, $1200 (ding ding!).
When I drove out of the shop the car was fine. But after about two weeks after that one morning it started doing just this: starts going fine, but when it comes to upshifting from 2 to 3 it (damn!) gives a freaking kick accompanied by loud metallic clanking somewhere underneath. This is so annoying.
I was at around 98kmiles I think. This was 2 years ago.
I drive like this up until now.. it's 120kmiles almost, and it's neither going away, nor getting worse.
I took it to same shop and two other dealerships. They keep saying it's solenoid in the transmission, and whole transmission needs to be replaced.
But, I've lived this world for to long not to see correlation between the "maintenance" they've done, and transmission starting doing this thing. It's not just a coincidence. Things just don't happen by themselves.
You made me very curious, because two things they've done on my car were: ATF flush and bushings. So, either they screwed with changing the fluid, or it's really suspension that makes the car act like this between gears.
But that would be really weird if bushings or other suspension parts can affect the way transmission works etc.
HAD ANYONE here on this forum who has similar problem with transmission (kicking and jerking between gears) done any work on suspension / bushings shortly before they started noticing these symptoms??? Anyone recalls something similar?
#239 of 379 Transmission clunking
Jan 19, 2009 (11:35 pm)
I have a 2001 v70 2.4T wagon. It consistently had a weird lurching problem after a took my foot off the brake at a stop sign. Recently had 2 separate software upgrades done (adaptive road + tranny) and the problem went away. BUT b/c of how long it took for this to get figured out (6 different mechanics saying i needed a new tranny, 2 of them being volvo dealers), my fluid was burnt which could've led to other problems. Make sure that you get the fluid changed to help your tranny! Also most transmission guys just check the fluid to find out if there is a problem with the system. Volvo fluid, even though it's synthetic, gets darker and can be flushed. Talk to multiple sources b4 investing thousands!
#240 of 379 Re: Transmission clunking [Nicky_Woo]
Jan 20, 2009 (6:57 am)
The transmission fluid for these cars (JWS 3309 or Toyota T-IV) is mineral based, not synthetic.
Don't top off or flush these transmissions with regular or synthetic ATF unless it specifically states it meets JWS 3309 specifications. If you do, you will likely void your warranty and probably ruin your transmission.
If you buy a CPO or used car with an Aisin AW transmission that requires this fluid, make sure it's been serviced properly. If it hasn't or you don't know, start saving for a new transmission.