Volvo S40 Problems

Right Front Engine Mount May Wear and Cause Vibration at Idle on Volvo S40

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The right front engine mount wears out prematurely, causing engine vibration at idle.

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Volvo S40 Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 103,664 (18,000–165,000)
Engines affected: 1.9L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 2.4L 5 Cylinder, 2.5L 5 Cylinder Turbo
9 model years affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
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Have had all motor mounts and transmission mounts replaced and still have the engine vibration issues.
Car started getting louder about a year ago. Was loudest at startup and when idle, but OK on the road. Took 3 mechanics to figure this out
vibration when turning right when engine cold. seems to go away when warmed up.
When turning right -especially when car is cold- grinding type noise coming from right front area. Mechanic says to replace engine mount and control arm. None of this happened until after being hit on left side front by crazy cab driver who ran a red light!
as stated, "engine shakes on right turns when engine is cold. getting worse, oil right joint area.
Vibrations through dash and steering wheel mostly on left side, probably the motor mounts
It has a hard idle until it gets warm . And the actual. Air conditioning takes a while to get cool on warm days
Took car in for service unrelated to this problem, but technician advised that I needed to take care of this front engine mount, or I would have worse problems if left unattended.

It cost about 250 for parts and labor to fix this at the Volvo Georgetown dealership.
rattling vibration especially when turning right and engine cold. car mechanic said drive axle broken, replaced it. sound got even worse after that (also when driving straight). they had another look. said engine pushes against axle.
Car just vibrates like hell at idle and up to 1000-1200 rpm range. After that it kind of gets smoother but is still ridiculous.
Problem started around 100k but didn't get bad until about 105k. The passenger side axle was bad and I attributed the vibrations and clashing sound to it and replaced the passenger side axle which fixed the clacking sound and vibration during turns but did not fix the vibration at idle. This Is when I inspected the motor mounts and found metal shavings around the passenger side motor mount which I removed to find almost in 2 pieces. Was hard to find a replacement for it since the 2 auto parts stores I use didn't carry it but I found it and after installing it all vibrations and metal to metal clashing sounds disappeared.
All three engine mounts tart deteriorating and causing vibration at idle and low speed
I have not had it fixed yet. I noticed the engine had started to sound funny and vibrate a lot when I would start the car. The colder the weather, the worse the vibration and noise, especially when I try to speed up in the lower gears it sounds like a motorcycle or semi. During the summer I barely notice it however unless I'm idling at a red light or something.
My car suffered premature wear on the two upper engine mounts (left and right). It was necessary to replace them. For the left side I used a spare from Hutchinson (OES) and for the right use a spare from ProParts Sweden Professional. The problem seems to have been solved.
Grinding noise when turning right, only for first 10 minutes or so of first drive each day. Also developed a different (worse) grinding sound when accelerating on highway on ramp, also during first drive of the day and only for a few minutes. Apparently fairly common with this car model/year

Repairs needed:
- Right front axle replacement
- Right front motor mount replacement
Right Engine mount failure. Vibration and noise when accelerating or turning right. diagnosed at the dealership with sound and vibration analysis.