S40 noise

Discussion in 'Volvo S40' started by Paul, Oct 1, 2003.

  1. Paul

    Paul Guest

    I own a 2000 S40 and in addition to many problems which were already
    discussed I always seem to get a really loud clunking noise from
    underneath the left side of the car every time I press the accelerator
    pedal. At the dealership they told me it is caused by "travel" of the
    transmission as it shifts and that it is normal and cannot be fixed. I
    have never had similar problems with any other cars I've had, sure you'd
    hear transmission shifting but this thing happens about 90% percent of the
    time I press the gas pedal. No big deal certainly compared to other
    problems this model has but nonetheless annoying.

    I was wondering if anyone experienced anything similar on S40 or other
    Volvo models, this is the only Volvo I've had.

    Thanks,
    Paul
     
    Paul, Oct 1, 2003
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    Joe landy Guest

    I had a similar clunk to what you describe, on my V70 a couple of years ago.
    It turned out to be the 'top engine steady' bush broken. This is a standard
    type of bonded rubber bush, which is on a bracket which spans
    Bulkhead---engine at the top. Mine bolts to the engine right above the turbo
    (on my diesel), and I made a special bit of tube/studding to pull the old
    bush out, and then press the new one in.
    Total cost £3.22. Dealer probably wouldn't charge a lot for this simple
    exercise (!).
    There is apparently another one of these brackets at the bottom too. They
    stop the engine rotating about the crankshaft axis, or about the
    driveshafts' axis too much. Everytime I pushed my gas (derv?) pedal, I got
    the clunk as the engine rotates slightly and the bracket touched on the
    engine.
    Cheers.
    p.s Are you in the UK?
    joe.

    "Paul" <> wrote in message
    news:p...
    > I own a 2000 S40 and in addition to many problems which were already
    > discussed I always seem to get a really loud clunking noise from
    > underneath the left side of the car every time I press the accelerator
    > pedal. At the dealership they told me it is caused by "travel" of the
    > transmission as it shifts and that it is normal and cannot be fixed. I
    > have never had similar problems with any other cars I've had, sure you'd
    > hear transmission shifting but this thing happens about 90% percent of the
    > time I press the gas pedal. No big deal certainly compared to other
    > problems this model has but nonetheless annoying.
    >
    > I was wondering if anyone experienced anything similar on S40 or other
    > Volvo models, this is the only Volvo I've had.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Paul
     
    Joe landy, Oct 1, 2003
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  3. Paul

    Paul Guest

    No, I'm in the US, so have the first American S40 model. During one of my
    many visits to the dealer I asked them about the noise and they said they
    couldn't reproduce the problem. Next time they said it is the loose
    suspension but after it was tightened, I test drove it with one of the
    mechanics and he said it was the transmission and "all S40s are like
    that", that's why I was curious if anyone experienced the same thing. It
    is kind of a hollow sound right from somewhere underneath the driver's
    side of the car, not from the direction of the engine and I can feel the
    slight vibration from it too. I learned to just ignore it but on some
    days it tends to annoy the heck out of me.

    I had numerous other problems as well (blown gasket, fuel pump, air flow
    sensor, pads/rotors) and since I bought the car used, I attributed them to
    the previous owner not taking good care of it but now I'm starting to
    think differently. Are S40s really that bad?

    On Wed, 1 Oct 2003, Joe landy wrote:

    > Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2003 19:05:27 +0100
    > From: Joe landy <>
    > Newsgroups: alt.autos.volvo
    > Subject: Re: S40 noise
    >
    > I had a similar clunk to what you describe, on my V70 a couple of years ago.
    > It turned out to be the 'top engine steady' bush broken. This is a standard
    > type of bonded rubber bush, which is on a bracket which spans
    > Bulkhead---engine at the top. Mine bolts to the engine right above the turbo
    > (on my diesel), and I made a special bit of tube/studding to pull the old
    > bush out, and then press the new one in.
    > Total cost £3.22. Dealer probably wouldn't charge a lot for this simple
    > exercise (!).
    > There is apparently another one of these brackets at the bottom too. They
    > stop the engine rotating about the crankshaft axis, or about the
    > driveshafts' axis too much. Everytime I pushed my gas (derv?) pedal, I got
    > the clunk as the engine rotates slightly and the bracket touched on the
    > engine.
    > Cheers.
    > p.s Are you in the UK?
    > joe.
    >
    > "Paul" <> wrote in message
    > news:p...
    > > I own a 2000 S40 and in addition to many problems which were already
    > > discussed I always seem to get a really loud clunking noise from
    > > underneath the left side of the car every time I press the accelerator
    > > pedal. At the dealership they told me it is caused by "travel" of the
    > > transmission as it shifts and that it is normal and cannot be fixed. I
    > > have never had similar problems with any other cars I've had, sure you'd
    > > hear transmission shifting but this thing happens about 90% percent of the
    > > time I press the gas pedal. No big deal certainly compared to other
    > > problems this model has but nonetheless annoying.
    > >
    > > I was wondering if anyone experienced anything similar on S40 or other
    > > Volvo models, this is the only Volvo I've had.
    > >
    > > Thanks,
    > > Paul

    >
    >
    >
     
    Paul, Oct 1, 2003
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  4. Paul

    G Klein Guest

    Return to the dealer & have them check their Tech-Net
    Notes for #61-04 dated 07/24/2003 Front Center Member
    Bushings
    I have a copy of the Tech-Net Note if you would like
    supply a valid E-Mail address & will send to you
    Glenn
    --
    " The road of life can only reveal itself as it is
    traveled; each turn in the road reveals a surprise.
    Man's future is hidden."
    "Paul" <> wrote in message
    news:p...
    > I own a 2000 S40 and in addition to many problems

    which were already
    > discussed I always seem to get a really loud clunking

    noise from
    > underneath the left side of the car every time I

    press the accelerator
    > pedal. At the dealership they told me it is caused by

    "travel" of the
    > transmission as it shifts and that it is normal and

    cannot be fixed. I
    > have never had similar problems with any other cars

    I've had, sure you'd
    > hear transmission shifting but this thing happens

    about 90% percent of the
    > time I press the gas pedal. No big deal certainly

    compared to other
    > problems this model has but nonetheless annoying.
    >
    > I was wondering if anyone experienced anything

    similar on S40 or other
    > Volvo models, this is the only Volvo I've had.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Paul
     
    G Klein, Oct 2, 2003
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