FYI: I will be ordering the vacuum kit and performing a full stage\nzero but will need to wait till next paycheck.\n\nIn the meantime I need some help from seasoned veterans.\n\nHere is my dilemna.:\n\nBought 98 GLT with 129K approx 3wks ago in FL. Great deal at 1798 +\ndealer fee + tax = 2500\n\n\nThere was an oil leak, vibration on take off and a knock on front end\nwhich allowed me to drop their asking price of 4k + DF + Tax to above\nprice.\n\n\nTook to Pep Boys for a free diag. (I know about them and would not\nactually get anything done there)\n\nThey stated I had an oil leak from engine and tranny.\n\nThey also stated I needed:\nAll sway bar bushings replaced: - Untrue\nEnd Links replaced - true\nTranny mounts replaced - Not really\nRight lower Motor mount replaced - True\nThey stated that the Axle was fine and needed no work - Untrue\n\nThey would do all the above for me, minus actually fixing any of the\nleaks, and give me a "BREAK" for only 0. When I looked at the\nestimate they were charging 135 for each link and 180 for the Motor\nmount (just parts), I thanked them and let them know that since the\nmain priority was the tranny leak I''ll have that looked at and get\nback to them.\n\n\nI then went to Delta transmissions and spoke to the owner, Steve, He\nlooked at the car drove it and stated that it seemed to be a seal\nissue with the tranny and that possibly the left axle needed to be\nlooked at since the vibration seemed to be coming from that side. He\nquoted 0 for the seal job and to check the axle. He also stated\nthat since he had to remove the tranny anyway and he had to remove the\nlower motor mount, if I brought him the end links and motor mounts he\nwould just throw them in for me.\n\nI went to Central Auto Parts bought the endlinks for a piece and\nthe motor mount nfor , Took them to Steve.\n\nNext day I drop by the shop and Steve has the tranny out. But he is\nunable to get the axle out. Looks like the retaining ring had broken\noff inside. He tells me he has to crack open the case. As long as he\nhas the thing open I tell him might as well rebuild the tranny. He\nagrees and after all is said and done, one week later, I end up\nleaving the shop paying 00 with a rebuilt tranny, resealed, the end\nlinks, put in, the axle repaired and no more vibration. Steve stated\nthat the rear main seal was dry and did not seem to be leaking but\nthat he did see a leak from higher up on the engine near the turbo and\nthe normal oil on the bottom of the turbo. He told me about the seals\non the oil tubes that are notorious for leaking and advised that I\nhave it checked out. He also stated to drive the car like I was\nbreakin it in for two weeks and bring it back for a follow up check up\non his work. Overall I rate my experience with this shop as\nexcellent. Steve seemed genuine and a straight shooter (unlike the Pep\nboys guys).\n\n\nI did a lot of research on this site and various Volvo online forums\nand learned all about the the seals and Orings and Vacuum hoses. But\nbefore I spend more money I decided to check for a Volvo Specialist in\nthe area and found Cech Brothers. I drove over yesterday and paid\nthem to have the leak checked thinking it was Vacuum/O-Ring seal\nrelated.\n\nI return 1/2 hr later and am told that the rear main seal is leaking\nand that it will be 0 due to having to drop the tranny. I\nexplained to them that I just had the tranny out and they stated that\nthe RMS should have been replaced at that time.\n\nI called Steve about this at Delta Trannsmission and he confirmed that\nthe RMS was not leaking when he had it in the shop and stated that if\nit had he would have replaced it then since its common sense to do\nthat. He confirmed that the oil leak was coming from higher up. (I\nwill say that I saw the engine with the tranny out and did not notice\nany obvious leak from the RMS myself either)\n\n\nI called back Cech Bros and spoke to Jon which was the counter guy and\nexplained what Steve had just stated. He then said that if it not the\nseal then its a "plate" that may need to get replaced either way the\ntranny would still have to come out and the estimate should still be\nabout 0.\n\nBoth of these folks seem to be straight shooters but I''m confused as\nto what to believe. I''m not pointing fingers at anyone. Is it\npossible that the RMS leak could be confused with one of the other\ncommon leaks known to occur on these Volvos. If not and I have to\nhave the tranny pulled again, I''ll just take it to Cech bros in the\nfuture and trust in their Volvo specializing.\n\n\nAny input would be appreciated.