850 rear shock absorber top mounts

Discussion in 'Volvo 850' started by maureen850, May 28, 2005.

  1. maureen850

    maureen850 Guest

    Can anyone tell me how to access the top shock absorber mounting point
    on a 1997 850 station wagon. Do the rear seats have to be removed
     
    maureen850, May 28, 2005
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  2. maureen850

    Mike F Guest

    They're under the trunk floor wood/carpet pieces just behind the base of
    the rear seat. The rear seat does not need to be removed, folding it
    down will get it out of the way. If you lift the hatch for the
    underfloor storage, you can see the metal brackets where they are bolted
    to the frame that hold these panels down.

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    Mike F.
    Thornhill (near Toronto), Ont.

    Replace tt with t (twice!) and remove parentheses to email me directly.
    (But I check the newsgroup more often than this email address.)
     
    Mike F, May 31, 2005
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  3. maureen850

    maureen850 Guest

    Thanks Mike,
    Turned out to be the simplest job I've ever done on the Volvo. Righ
    hand top mount was broken and left hand shock absorber was useless.
    new mounts and 2 new shockers fitted and it drives like a new car. I'v
    been told the top mounts are only good for 80,000 miles, mine ha
    115,000 so I've not done too bad.
    Thanks again
    Maureen850 (England
     
    maureen850, Jun 1, 2005
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    Adam Guest

    Maureen, when suspecting top mount what were the symptoms? I have a 850 and
    it rattles at the rear top when it goes over a bump. I took off the top
    mount, but it looks fine. I have put a rubber washer underneath and a metal
    washer on the top but the noise is still there. Could it be a faulty shock?
    Adam
     
    Adam, Jun 1, 2005
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  5. maureen850

    Mike F Guest

    I just did this on my S70 with 275k km. The right one was separated,
    the left appeared fine. Interestingly the clunks from the rear were
    very infrequent, considering the condition of the right mount. This car
    still has the original shocks.

    There are a couple of other suspension bushings underneath that can
    cause clunks too, have a look at them. Also check the rubber holding up
    the exhaust. If you have clunks and all rubber bushings/mounts look
    fine, then the shocks are the next suspect.

    --
    Mike F.
    Thornhill (near Toronto), Ont.

    Replace tt with t (twice!) and remove parentheses to email me directly.
    (But I check the newsgroup more often than this email address.)
     
    Mike F, Jun 1, 2005
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  6. maureen850

    maureen850 Guest

    Mike,

    Main symptom was a knock behind the rear seat when going over any kin
    of bump in the road. This was due to the rubber becoming separated fro
    the metal part of the top mount. This allowed the shock absorber to com
    up through the floor and knock against the underside of the wooden trun
    floor. You will also note that the car bounces a number of times if yo
    push down hard and release on the rear bumber. It should really go dow
    come back to its original position and stop. Any kind of cyclicl
    bouncing points towards shock absorbers or top mounts.

    hope I've got the terminology correct
    You say trunk, we say boot
    You say fender, we say wing
    You say hood, we say bonnet
    etc.etc
     
    maureen850, Jun 1, 2005
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  7. maureen850

    maureen850 Guest

    Sorry Mike and Adam,

    My last reply should have been addressed to Adam, Mike you already hav
    experience of this problem

    Mauree
     
    maureen850, Jun 1, 2005
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