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More suspension capers

Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 2:48 pm
by Welly
I've got clattery Drop Links up front after the last set 3 years ago, not the end of the world, but what is becoming apparent is KNACKERED DAMPER CHAOS x 4

Over the shitmas break I ferried the Family to a generous meal at a Nando's Chicken emporium. Mrs_Welly and Daughter_Welly sat in the back and on the way there the old woman said that the car felt 'bouncy' in the back :? the young lady also added that "actually Dad it's not very comfy back here" :(

My model came with a "Dynamic Chassis" read: hard ride so its always been a bit harsh but sure enough recently it's actually 'choppy' (like a slammed Corsa). My theory being that the dampers are no longer controlling the compression and rebound of the road springs so I'm literally bouncing about on very tough springs. Literally a person on the Volvo Forum said the same with an enhanced 'wandery' feeling to the car.

Would it seem reasonable* that at 78K miles/10 years the dampers would be knackered? some say they only last 50K miles? I can't really do the bouncy-bouncy test on each corner because the springs just won't give like that.

Re: More suspension capers

Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 4:09 pm
by steve_earwig
Oh bugger :(

Welly - "I think the shocks have had it."
Mechanic makes feeble attempt to bounce a corner - "Oh yes sir, these are definitely worn out and the car is now not safe to drive. Umm, that will be 11,000 quid, plus labour."
Welly - "Bobby, shall I take 'em to the bridge?"
Bobby - "Go ahead!"
Welly - "Take 'em on to the bridge?"
Bobby - "Take 'em to the bridge."
Welly - "Can I take 'em to the bridge?"
Bobby - "Yeah, carry on."
Welly - "Can I take 'em to the bridge?"
Bobby - "Go ahead, yeah."
Welly - "Hit me now!"

I didn't realise Ford had now halved their expected lifespan on suspension components :shock:

Are you absolutely sure and how many kidneys is it likely to cost?

Re: More suspension capers

Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 4:17 pm
by Welly
Not 100% sure but driving the thing every day for 6 years I kinda feel something's not right. And the word on the Forum is most dampers are past it whenever someone has removed one on a 50K+ car :roll: I guess the state of the roads doesn't help.

I'll get down to my long-suffering Mechanic friend soon for a good poke about and chin-scratching session.

Re: More suspension capers

Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 5:15 pm
by benczuk
50k miles. I doubt it would last a year down my bumpy track of a 'Road'. I am fast running out of contenders for a replacement brand for the Pug :(

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On a side note, I had to find this topic after losing it (accessed by unread posts) and it is my first time in Volvo Corner. I note that over 70% of posts are started by Welly, so I would like to propose a rename to Welly Corner.

Could certainly confuse new visitors when Welly was discussing his winter tyres

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Re: More suspension capers

Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 5:57 pm
by GingerMagic
Welly wrote:a good poke
:cheesy:

Re: More suspension capers

Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 6:21 pm
by Welly
GingerMagic wrote:
Welly wrote:a good poke
:cheesy:
Sorry I meant 'ease open with a firm pointed tool'

That doesn't help does it?

@ Benczuk There's 3 of us with Volvos, only I seem to have the most err 'events' with mine. Bit like the 406 I had; in terms of repairs that went from £bumrape to £megabumrape within 3 years. Everything that can possibly go wrong with a 406 was dished up and usually at the worst time (like when the LP lift pump shat itself outside a Customers Glass-Fronted Office full of Sales Team) :oops: they had to push me out to the main road because I was "in the way" :oops:

Re: More suspension capers

Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 7:43 pm
by DaiRees
Welly wrote: @ Benczuk There's 3 of us with Volvos, only I seem to have the most err 'events' with mine.
Yup, Welters certainly suffers from more issues than me but mines newer and much lower milage so I'd bloody hope that's the case!

I also tend to keep resurrecting the one thread (like I've just done again) and Welly starts a new one for each issue. When I get some proper things to worry about I'll be doing that too :wink:

Sorry to hear about your suspension again Welters, pisser!

Re: More suspension capers

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:32 am
by Welly
DaiRees wrote:Sorry to hear about your suspension again Welters, pisser!
Blame Ford.

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