Problem Description and Possible Solution
The front control arm bushings wear out, resulting in alignment issues and squeaking and/or knocking noises from the front end. Worn bushings will require replacement.
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Average mileage: 105,333 (22,000–190,000)
26 people reported this problem
I live in a mountain community, I noticed on the drive down the mountain that every time I hit the slightest little bump in the road the car would jump all over the road. Very scary felt as though the car had a mind of it's own! I drove on slow surface streets straight to the Volvo dealer, by the time I reached them the right front arm bolt was almost completely off! I could of gone off a cliff and nobody would have known why!! Scary day for me!
Will be taking my car in June for inspection, diagnostics, and repair. What is described here sounds exactly like my Volvo.
High frequency front end vibration above 60mph transmitted to steering wheel. Dealer said they couldn't get the car aligned properly due to inability to balance the tires properly so they blamed the OEM Pirelli Scorpion Verde tires & warrantied them through Pirelli after much back & forth bickering b/t Dealer/Volvo rep/ & Pirelli. We eventually got 4 brand new tires under warranty but it only attenuated the issue, it didn't resolve it. I am now wondering if the control arm bushings are the culprit after reading the above posts.
I bought a used car in 2014. I took it to the Volvo Dealer and they did a full car inspection. They told me that the bearings of the control arms are wearing down and need a replacement. They said $2000 for them to do it. I still have not done it yet, but I hear no noise yet. Their level or urgent was "it should be replaced soon"