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XC60 AWD, rear diff issue

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Old Jan 6th, 2015, 15:19   #1
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2009 32K XC60 AWD.

Exhibited a whirling noise at 40+ MPH, that people more experienced that me suggested that it was a wheel bearing. No dash messages at all.

went to a local garage, and after test driving and putting the car up on lift, running the wheels and listening, the mechanic says it's not a wheel bearing as best as he can determine, and he thinks it's a rear diff.

He says that also it seems to change slightly with foot off the pedal, i.e. no power but running at same MPH, which he says would be consistent with a diff issue.

I'm going to take it to a Volvo garage to get them to diagnose it. @ 2K for a rear diff (just the parts), it'll be time to change that car.

32K miles, mostly town, seems very very low to have a diff issue.

Anyone had anything similar ?
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2009 32K XC60 AWD.

Exhibited a whirling noise at 40+ MPH, that people more experienced that me suggested that it was a wheel bearing. No dash messages at all.

went to a local garage, and after test driving and putting the car up on lift, running the wheels and listening, the mechanic says it's not a wheel bearing as best as he can determine, and he thinks it's a rear diff.

He says that also it seems to change slightly with foot off the pedal, i.e. no power but running at same MPH, which he says would be consistent with a diff issue.

I'm going to take it to a Volvo garage to get them to diagnose it. @ 2K for a rear diff (just the parts), it'll be time to change that car.

32K miles, mostly town, seems very very low to have a diff issue.

Anyone had anything similar ?
Maybe it's run out of oil ...
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Volvo looked at it yesterday and confirmed it is the rear diff. It isn't leaking oil.

No repair contribution. @ around 2700 to do the repair, I can't justify it on a car that's only worth about 12k

Diff going @32k just seems like very shoddy quality. For some that could be a year's driving.
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Volvo looked at it yesterday and confirmed it is the rear diff. It isn't leaking oil.

No repair contribution. @ around 2700 to do the repair, I can't justify it on a car that's only worth about 12k

Diff going @32k just seems like very shoddy quality. For some that could be a year's driving.
A prime candidate for a second hand unit , you have been very unlucky , they just don't do this ...
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A prime candidate for a second hand unit , you have been very unlucky , they just don't do this ...
Dealer has put in an extraordinary request for a contribution.

But it is looking like that a used unit is the way to go.

Anyone know if the rear Diff has remained unchanged since '09, i.e. if I'm looking at one from a breakers yard, can I take one from any year AWD XC60 ?
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Just a quick thought on this as an ex Freelander owner.

I believe, but not 100%, that the diff in the FL 2 and the Volvo may be the same. Failures of diff bearings in an FL2 are not uncommon, infact mine had the bearings replace at 64,000 at a cost of 450.

It may be worth investigating if this is possible or finding a local specialist 4x4 garage for further diognisis.
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Dealer has put in an extraordinary request for a contribution.

But it is looking like that a used unit is the way to go.

Anyone know if the rear Diff has remained unchanged since '09, i.e. if I'm looking at one from a breakers yard, can I take one from any year AWD XC60 ?
you need the part number first to go by ..
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