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> Upper Strut Mount Spring Seat Failure, 2001 V70 T5, XC70/90 parts interchange?
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post May 22 2008, 09:33 PM
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Anyone ever experienced total failure of the upper spring mount with punch through? 90,000 miles. Bilstein struts and shocks installed 12 months ago. Right front strut appears to have about an inch of free play. Still rubber to rubber contact so no noise. That said, turning corners had a sort of "heave to" feel. Control arm bushings need replacement, and I put the funny handling to that.
Have read on some Volvo forum that seats from XC90 are interchangeable and much sturdier. IPD indicates XC70 bushings are an upgrade also. Any first hand knowledge here?
("Reputable" independent Volvo shop was instructed to replace seats with struts.)

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post May 23 2008, 11:24 PM
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Yes turns out its a common volvo problem. I just had to pull out my front struts due to the same problem. Mine however were squeaking something terrible. I could push in the engine bay where the strut mounts and get about 1/2 to an inch of play upwards. Pulled the whole strut assmebly out, compressed the springs, took off the top lock nut, rupper isolator, took off locking nut and there I saw it. The steel sleeve that the top of the strut slides through and about an 1/8th inch of rubber are freely moving up and down. So I pulled the strut mound and spring seat off and the dang thing fell right to the ground. The good news is they are cheap and easy to fix. Below I have put a link to the ones I bought (about $40 shipped for both overall). You simply pry the seat away from the mount, they kind of link together with rubber groved teeth, and then install the new seat. Put it back together and viola crisp handling. :thumbsup:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Volvo-V70-8...sspagenameZWDVW
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post Sep 26 2008, 03:45 PM
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Hey there!

I've got an '03 XC70 which needs (according to the dealer) "spring seats" which as far as i can tell are what we are discussing here.


Can anyone confirm that the XC90 part does fit, and is an upgrade? The dealership hasn't heard of this, and won't install the XC90 part even if it does fit, for liability reasons.

Does anyone know the part numbers involved, and possibly a good source to buy them online?

Thanks!
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post Jan 20 2009, 03:47 PM
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2001 V70 T5. passenger side punch-through about 12 months after installing Bilsteins. Never got an answer on parts swap from XC90, but IPD now markets a heavy duty upper spring mount.
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post Jan 20 2009, 05:24 PM
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XC90 seats differ from the IPD's in amount of virgin rubber for greater longevity. Same install applications for both parts. When looking on IPD site you will note same part# for different models including R models. I went with the IPD seats on my car.
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post Mar 7 2010, 07:40 PM
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Does anyone have any experience with the new "heavy duty mounts"?

My '98 V70 with 150k on it, just went through 3 sets of upper mounts in less than 2 years. I installed Bilstein touring shocks and left the original mounts which looked good- they lasted about 30k miles. I then installed Groton's aftermarket mounts which lasted about 8 months. I exchanged them for OE mounts (Groton was great by the way) which have only lasted a few months, now they are blown too.

Any ideas?
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post Jun 10 2010, 10:53 AM
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im trying to remove my front strut to replace the spring seats and bearings. but dont know to do it. does anybody have diy guide? thanks in advance. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/liebe011.gif)
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