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BobS
Apr 16th, 2007, 18:59
Looks like I need to change the lower wishbone bushes on my 2002 V70. Can anyone give an indication of the cost for a garage to change both sides? Can this be done by any garage or should I look for a good independant Volvo garage?
Thanks
Bob

GED-S60
Apr 16th, 2007, 20:04
Looks like I need to change the lower wishbone bushes on my 2002 V70. Can anyone give an indication of the cost for a garage to change both sides? Can this be done by any garage or should I look for a good independant Volvo garage?
Thanks
Bob
at the end of the day theres "ANY" garage and "ANY" garage ,take it to a recommended independant,,,rather than volvo do a search im sure youll find the info yiu neeed

piggy
Apr 16th, 2007, 20:07
Any decent garage should be able to to the job.I did mine myself without any problems.I bought the control arms from pfv online,i think they were 78 each.I dont know what sort of cost a main dealer would charge,but i should think they would probably charge 3hrs + for labour.

piggy

DieselDoNicely
Apr 17th, 2007, 15:45
Looks like I need to change the lower wishbone bushes on my 2002 V70. Can anyone give an indication of the cost for a garage to change both sides? Can this be done by any garage or should I look for a good independant Volvo garage?
Thanks
Bob

Im in the process of doing the job with the purple poly bush jobbies. Its cheaper if you take the arms off get the parts and just get the garage to press the new bush in.

BobS
Apr 17th, 2007, 17:54
Thanks everyone for the replies. I think I will get the wishbones complete with the bushes and then I can fit them without needing any presses.

Have looked at the procedure on VADIS and it looks straight forward (famous last words!!!).

Will order the parts and wait for a nice weekend.

Thanks,
Bob

lanciak69
Apr 17th, 2007, 19:22
Any decent garage should be able to to the job.I did mine myself without any problems.I bought the control arms from pfv online,i think they were 78 each.I dont know what sort of cost a main dealer would charge,but i should think they would probably charge 3hrs + for labour.

piggy

only cost me 93 for a pair of wishbones + 2 droplinks all the way from the usa

piggy
Apr 17th, 2007, 21:51
Be careful when you've undone the bottom ball joint NOT to extend the driveshaft as it comes out of the cv housing really easily, letting the ball bearings fall into the cv gaiter. It's not the end of the world if it does,but its a messy and fiddly job to get back together.

piggy

dibbles00
Apr 20th, 2007, 08:32
Hi,
I'm new to the forum and was wondering if anyone had put together a guide on how to change the front bushes on the V70? Are there any special tools involved either?
What is the best thing to do - get new bushes or get complete wishbones? If the latter does anyone know where to get them from as the main dealers chanrge a small fortune (Just had oil service to keep up history and they told me the bushes had perished...).
The car is a V70 Sept '03 D5 SE model.
Thanks,
Dee

piggy
Apr 20th, 2007, 13:47
You can get them complete from pfv online,i think i paid 78 each.

piggy

timh30
Apr 22nd, 2007, 19:02
only cost me 93 for a pair of wishbones + 2 droplinks all the way from the usa

Where did you order them from? With such a good exchange rate at the moment its certainly worth considering getting them from the states. (I too am looking to get some new lower arms).

palwing
May 30th, 2009, 17:08
Hi.

My bushes are also worn on my 52 plate V70 D5 (117,000 miles) and told they will be a MOT failure.

Quoted 175 per side fitted (inc VAT) for complete wishbone (genuine Volvo parts) by local independent Volvo specialist.

Sound about right?

Clan
May 30th, 2009, 19:22
The front bush is very tricky to change without the correct Volvo special tool .
If both bushes need changing then it is more economic to change the arm , if just the front bush is worn it is JUST cheaper to have a new bush fitted ,

They should charge about 1.3 hours for the job per side to fit new front wishbone bushes , the new ones are better quality , dont forget new wishbone bolts and ball joint nuts and drive shaft centre bolt as they are stretch "one use only" bolts only a few a set . I believe complete wishbones are about 88 each .

GMcL
May 30th, 2009, 20:18
If memory serves me right I think I paid about 270 for poly bushes fitted by a Volvo inde.

palwing
May 30th, 2009, 21:50
Thanks for the info guys.....appreciated.

S Singh
May 31st, 2009, 01:54
I changed mine the other day, got the rhs to do in the morning, not too much of a dificult job with the right tools, put the powerflex ones in mine, only changed the front mount on the wishbones, rear seem fine atm. total cost approx 30 and a whole day trying to get the 'tools' and technique.

palwing
Jun 26th, 2009, 18:52
Just had the lower wishbones plus front track control arms replaced today with genuine Volvo parts at a local independent Volvo specialist on my 2002 V70 D5 auto. Also had the car MOT'd plus given a courtesy car.

Total bill was a shade over 600.

I reckon they were the original parts that have been replaced, so hopefully the new ones should be good for the next 120,000 miles too?

Last couple of things that need doing (famous last words) are the soft turbo hose and rear antiroll bar to be replaced. They can be done on subsequent services as not desperate at the moment.

24AB2
Jun 27th, 2009, 07:10
overhere ( The Netherlands ) a few members of the Dutch Volvo forum have set up a rotating system
1 had a spare wishbone set - an other wants to renew - picks up the spare set - places the new parts ( most go for a powerflex set ) - replace the complete wishbones with the new bushes - and his old one goes the next one who wants to replace

perhaps an idea for some over in UK ?

MonkeyMatt
Jun 27th, 2009, 13:54
I recently (May) had both wishbones changed by a Volvo independent, but with the genuine part from Volvo. I had been tipped off that Volvo had them on offer to trade customers at just over 50 +vat. When I mentioned this to the independent he agreed to pass the savings on to me. I don't have a break down of the labour for just the wishbones, but to do all the work the car needed (both wishbones, front pads, new handbrake shoes and replace anti-roll bar) I was charged 140 which I thought was a fair price.

It maybe worth challenging any garage to see if the Volvo 'offer' to trade is still on going.

grainqey
Jun 27th, 2009, 15:49
Be careful when you've undone the bottom ball joint NOT to extend the driveshaft as it comes out of the cv housing really easily, letting the ball bearings fall into the cv gaiter. It's not the end of the world if it does,but its a messy and fiddly job to get back together.

piggy

..thats why if anything you pull the driveshaft out of the gearbox ;)

Clan
Jun 27th, 2009, 16:31
Much easier to just undo the driveshaft bolt and slide the hub off it and swing it back a bit ...

D5meister
Jun 27th, 2009, 20:00
Hi all, I did mine this week on a D5 which hast the same diveshafts and wishbones. I got the powerbushes purple ones and the scanteck patterns from partsforvolvos.

I got a main dealership volvo garage to swap the bushes for 15 cash sir - no receipt...I did have to wait for two 1/2 hours while they were doing more legitimate work..and they fitted me in..

On reassy, I learned - having got the rear bush into the chassis,,,,,,

It is almost impossible to reassemble ball joint without bagging extra clearance -

methods..
1 - as mentioned take the bolt from end of driveshaft and push the shaft in - This pushes the bottom of the strut out to enable you to get the bottom ball joint back in. Only then can you get the bolts thru the front bush bar.

2 (mainly for S60 D5) If you ever had click on taking up drive the hub splines may have been potted in loctite driveshaft cement. (As volvo dealers did between 2003 and 2005 on S60 Diesel models) You req about 5tons force to slide the shaft out of the hub - So dont even try..
In this case you undo the two big bolts that run horizontal at the bottom of the strut - this drops the hub complete , allowing easy movement of the end of the strut and assemply of the ball joint then the front bush bolts.


You must be careful here generally as I originally pulled an wiggled the bottom of the strut an stretched the inner CV gaitor in doing so, and the balls fell out into the cup half of the cv joint- this went bad as I didnt realise this and reassembled. When the road wheels first turned there was a graunch and a boing - the balls had jammed- and pinged. Upon dissembly and inspection the cage/shell holding the balls had a hairline crack in it.... I ground this out and buzzed a fill on Mig , dressed it and reassembled with new 21mm balls from simplybearings web site. So far smooth and sigh of releif as the refurbished driverside shaft is a cool 350 exchange !!!!!!!!! from Volvo dealer.

RobbieH
Jul 1st, 2009, 13:37
John, known as V70Torslanda on VPCUK, does a replacement wishbone bushing service. He did a set for me and I'm giving my old wishbones back in part exchange. Excellent job.

Old 'bones are cleaned of road "gunk", checked and re-bushed ready for next user. Mine were even painted up in black which protects the bare aluminium surface from all the winter salt and muck.

HTH

Robbie

volvo driver
Jul 23rd, 2009, 18:19
John, known as V70Torslanda on VPCUK, does a replacement wishbone bushing service. He did a set for me and I'm giving my old wishbones back in part exchange. Excellent job.

Old 'bones are cleaned of road "gunk", checked and re-bushed ready for next user. Mine were even painted up in black which protects the bare aluminium surface from all the winter salt and muck.

HTH

Robbie

Hi Robbie
I have a v70 se 2002 and the front bushes require replacing ,how much did he charge you and how long did it take to carry out the job if you dont mind me asking , also did he replace the front and back bushes on both control arms and were they powerflex ones
thanks for any reply

RobbieH
Jul 23rd, 2009, 20:11
Hi Robbie
I have a v70 se 2002 and the front bushes require replacing ,how much did he charge you and how long did it take to carry out the job if you dont mind me asking , also did he replace the front and back bushes on both control arms and were they powerflex ones
thanks for any reply

I did a deal with John as I'd already bought a set of Powerflex front bushes. John already had a set of 'bones ready to go (which had good condition OEM rear bushes, cleaned them up and fitted Powerflex bushes) so I gave him my Powerflex bushes and the balance in cash. I gave him my 'bones after I'd had them changed at my local spanners.

Best to get onto VPCUK and talk to John direct. He's working on a couple of sets at the moment and I'm due to pick up two more sets this weekend for him (one exchange set and another off a scrapped ex-plod T5).

Cheers,
Robbie

volvo driver
Jul 24th, 2009, 16:15
I did a deal with John as I'd already bought a set of Powerflex front bushes. John already had a set of 'bones ready to go (which had good condition OEM rear bushes, cleaned them up and fitted Powerflex bushes) so I gave him my Powerflex bushes and the balance in cash. I gave him my 'bones after I'd had them changed at my local spanners.

Best to get onto VPCUK and talk to John direct. He's working on a couple of sets at the moment and I'm due to pick up two more sets this weekend for him (one exchange set and another off a scrapped ex-plod T5).

Cheers,
Robbie

Hi Robbie
Did you renew the stretch bolts on the arm and the drive shaft bolt as most people say these should only be used once ,if so where can i buy these from
cheers pal

RobbieH
Jul 24th, 2009, 18:54
Hi Robbie
Did you renew the stretch bolts on the arm and the drive shaft bolt as most people say these should only be used once ,if so where can i buy these from
cheers pal

Bolts were renewed but by my local friendly spanners. Not sure where he got 'em from. I just gave him a pile of bits (shocks, springs, drop links, wishbones) and asked "please fit these".

jiffy176
Jul 24th, 2009, 21:36
Had mine done by ACC Farnborough yesterday 299 all in, Genuine parts

brian36
Jul 25th, 2009, 20:37
hi does anyone know anybody around fife that can do the front control arm bushes and drop links on a xc70 2000 ?
i aint got a clue at diy on car and lately volvo dealer would be as well taking over my bank account.
thanks
HAVING PROBLEM TRYING TO LOCATE CORRECT PARTS MY VIN NUMBER ON VARDIS SAYS ITS A 2001 YET RREG DOCS SAY JUNE 2000 AND AS IT HAPPENS DIFFERTENT PART NUMBERS.