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Tiny
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  • 2003 VOLVO S60
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 141,000 MILES
I have a 2003 volvo that needs strut assembly, strut brace mount, strut mount w/bearing, control arm w/o b-jnt, w/bushings, timing belt kit, water pump w/bolts, camshaft seal, rt engine mount. Total cost about 3400. All front end problems. Is this worth fixing.
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Friday, February 18th, 2011 AT 7:43 PM

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Tiny
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Do you really need all that stuff? What is wrong with the struts? Are they leaking or making noise? If it is noisey is it the struts or are the spring seats just broken? The control arms it is pretty clear the bushings have split so you can replace just the bushings without having to replace the control arms. The timing belt kit should be done if you have not had the belt done but if the water pump or seals are not leaking then you can get away without doing them for now. Why do they want to change the engine mount? Has it collapsed? Let me know and also price out the same job at the dealerships vs. An independent shop and find out about the warranty on the job? Volvo now offers a 2 year unlimited warranty on there repairs if you have them done there instead? Not a bad deal if you plan on keeping your vehicle for a while? So it comes down to if your vehicle has been reliable and you do not plan on buying a new car soon then it may be worth spending the money to make it last longer, especially the timing belt. That belt breaks and you are bending some valves. So at the very least have the timing belt done for now and save some money to work on the suspension repairs later.
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Saturday, February 19th, 2011 AT 4:57 AM
Tiny
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I have to add that the car has been shaking, and making noises that sound like rattling (almost like dice in a yahtzee cup). It has a small oil leak around the seals oil saturated everything and it shakes when you step on the gas. This has gone on for 4 months, I just haven't had the $$ to fix it, and wasn't until recently that I got the quote from a mechanic that works on volvo's. All the things that I wrote down are from the quote he gave me of all parts and labor that would be required. Camshaft oil seal, remove and replace, crankshaft seal sprocket, remove and replace, engine or transmission mount - remove and replace. I know I shouldn't have driven, but I had no choice. I have one shot at either fixing or replacing the car so I needed advice. Thank you so much for your help.
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Saturday, February 19th, 2011 AT 3:36 PM
Tiny
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When your mechanic checked your vehicle over, did he say the engine mount was causing the shaking? You may want to have the noise diagnose first to make sure it is not something mechanical in the engine?
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Saturday, February 19th, 2011 AT 4:54 PM

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