2005 Volvo XC90 Wheel shake starting at 40 mph and progress

Tiny
PTHINGER1
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  • 2005 VOLVO XC90
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 40,000 MILES
I recently purchased a used 2005 Volvo XC 90. While driving the car at 40 mph, the wheel begins to shake and it feels as if there is a flat tire. Once I get to 60 mph, the wheel shake worsens and the whole car shakes. I am not sure if it is a problem with bad tires, or if there is other issues unrelated to the tires? Please help.
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Monday, December 22nd, 2008 AT 12:02 PM

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Tiny
RACEFAN966
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Ok what I would do first is do a tire rotation and see if the shake changes. If it does then it is in the tires. If the shake doesn't change then I would check the front end ball joints and tire rods and wheel bearings and such and make sure nothing it worn. Let me know what you find. Thanks and Merry Christmas.
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Monday, December 22nd, 2008 AT 12:10 PM
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JHARBER
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I am the original owner of my 2005 XC90 and I have the same poblem. We have over 80,000 miles and the problem started about 5000 miles ago. We have taken it in several times to the Volvo dealer and other mechanics that specialize in Volvo. After the first mechanic, I replaced all the tires with Good Year Fortera's (second set of same) and it didn't go away. Volvo said it might be the bearings but they weren't sure and it would cost me just as much to check it as to replace them and there was no guarantee of that being the problem. It's getting worst! We only notice it during acceleration.
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Monday, March 16th, 2009 AT 4:26 PM
Tiny
TWESP
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Did you ever find the answer to this. We have a 2004 XC90 and having the same shakes when applying power. Have put on new tires, motor mounts replaced, now they want to replace the front axles. Would love to hear if yours got fixed.
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Saturday, June 27th, 2009 AT 9:31 AM
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JIS001
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If your car shakes while under acceleration then you do have bad axles.
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Saturday, June 27th, 2009 AT 11:44 AM
Tiny
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JIS001 is right! In my case, it was the right front drive shaft. I don't remember exactly, but I think my mechanic charged me around $900 (total) to repair it. I think it was around $600 for the part. I'm in Hawaii, so we had to wait for the part. It had to get really bad before he detected it because he had checked it out two times before finding the actual problem. The crack was located under the black accordian sleeve looking thing. I hope my description makes since. It looks like a black elbow pad with fan folds in it. Sorry, not very mechanical. We've had no problems since.
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Monday, June 29th, 2009 AT 1:24 PM

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