What are the signals to replace your bushings? on 2001 Volvo S60

Rattlings when accelerating above 35mph. If coasting at high speeds, no issues. Is it my transmission, bushings, or ETM...or something else altogether. The car is at 96,000 miles.

by in Irvine, CA on May 07, 2010
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ANSWER by on May 10, 2010
What bushings are you referring to? It is common for the control arm bushings and upper strut bushings to wear out on this model, as well as a couple of the motor mounts. These are easily diagnosed with a visual inspection from an experienced Volvo technician, so you may want to have it looked at by a Volvo shop.
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COMMENT by on May 10, 2010
I am referring to the Control Arm Bushings. My Volvo shop is suggesting replacing my transmission and 2 axles, and control arm bushings, not my wheel bearing set/hub in front. It seems like a lot of service. What can I ask to be sure I am not getting more service than actually needed. What is your recommendations? What do I need to get repaired/replaced out of all three. I drive about 30 miles per day at most.
COMMENT by on May 10, 2010
Another shop (not dealership) is suggesting replacing the inner CV joint. This seems more reasonable. Should I start here.
COMMENT by on May 10, 2010
Without driving your car and inspecting it, it's hard to know what might be going on here, but the approach of the one shop to replace the transmission, axles and bushings is crazy. The other shop that is recommending the inner CV joint is the person I would have look at this. They seem like they are trying to fix the car and not rip you off. The inner CV joint will cause a vibration at different times, and it may very well be your problem. I don't know that the inner CV Joint is replaceable, you may have to replace the entire axle (my co-worker just had the same issue on his S80, it was the left axle and it vibrated at 60mph) Good Luck, let me know how it turns out, Bret
COMMENT by on May 17, 2010
Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I did get my right axle replaced at the shop that actually wants to fix my car. The vibration is gone. That said, my Volvo is at 96,000 miles and has other issues as well. I am just now starting to get the knocking sound...time to replace bushings.