The Volvo V70 is a popular mid-sized station wagon, initially based off the same platform as the S70. The 3rd generation V70, released in 2007, saw the beneficial updating of many standard systems like safety, interior space, and fuel economy (it was even released with a hybrid option). One of the more persistent issues encountered by owners are noises that occur while changing gears.
Most commonly, the problem manifests itself as a squeaking/rubbing sound when an attempt is made to change gears. No check engine light is illuminated, the sound doesn’t occur all the time, and it doesn’t seem inhibit the shifting of gears, but the squeaking sound alone is disturbing enough. Some owners experience it when shifting through every gear, and some of them find that there is only an issue when moving into the forward gears, 1st, 3rd, and fifth. There are also people who experience a greater disturbance when the weather is wet.
Usually, squeaking of any sort is closely tied to a lubrication issue. It could be that you need to change the engine oil, or that the oil is simply low. To check, see if the dipstick comes up clear or black. Are there flecks of anything metallic inside? If there are, than there is a good chance that you are grinding away your transmission and moving yourself rapidly towards a completely destroyed engine.
By taking your Volvo to a specialized import auto maintenance garage you can prolong the life of your car, and at a fraction of the cost required by going to a dealership. The professionals at such an independent outfit will examine your car inside and out, and by the time you leave, all squeaks will have been eradicated.
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