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.
Car Problem Reports
Volvo XC70 Front Control Arm Bushings May Wear Out
Volvo XC70 Problem
Average Mileage: 101,846 mi (22,000 mi - 190,000 mi)
Visitor, 2004 Volvo XC70, 70,000 mi
CLunking noise in front suspension when hitting bumps. Why do Volvos wear out so quickly? No problems with any Toyota I've had with twice as many miles!
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!
Visitor, 2005 Volvo XC70, 72,000 mi
"clanking" when turning.
Visitor, 2005 Volvo XC70, 62,000 mi
2005 with low miles drifted to the right. Dealer recommended new control arm bushings and torque mount. Total cost over $1600.
Visitor, 2004 Volvo XC70, 97,000 mi
knocking/squeeling when turning
Visitor, 2004 Volvo XC70, 121,000 mi
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"
I have been experiencing a lot of clunking especially when going over bumpy roads. Mechanic verified right sway bar loose.
Visitor, 2004 Volvo XC70, 137,000 mi
Visitor, 2003 Volvo XC70, 130,000 mi
Loud clunk noises when going over bumps and uneven tire wear. Replaced control arm bushings.
Visitor, 2004 Volvo XC70, 110,000 mi
Front control arm bushings worn out