2nd Generation Volvo S40/V50 Slipping Belt/Engine Noise

The S40, a compact sports sedan manufactured by the Swedish company Volvo, is highly praised for their impeccable safety record and dependability. Volvo has received many awards in both categories from Car and Driver, JD Power and Associates and several other companies. These accolades are well-deserved and Volvo continually strives to produce safer and higher performing models. Though the engineering behind these vehicles is nearly flawless, some Volvo drivers still have problems with their vehicles.

Frequently on vehicles with 40,000 miles or more, the Volvo S40 commonly has a high pitched engine noise that may manifest itself. Drivers report that the noise begins as a faint high whine that gradually grows worse over time. This noise is not present when the engine is first started, but begins after the engine has been running for a few minutes. The noise mimics the sound of a belt that may be slipping or an engine pulley that has a bearing beginning to go bad.

Often, this problem is related to the air intake being blocked. This will cause unusually high pressures in the engine and can have a devastating impact on your vehicle’s health if left unchecked. Engine repairs of this nature are very difficult and time consuming and for these reasons, we do not recommend that you attempt making these types of repairs at home.

Your nearby foreign auto service center is the best place to take you Volvo S40 or V50 if you are experiencing the issue outlined above, or any other mechanical problem. The team of professional mechanics will evaluate your vehicles and recommend the best course of action to repair your vehicle.

Search for a local, independent Volvo repair shop with Volvo mechanics that have dealer-level expertise at a fraction of the expense.