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Bouncing Volvo S80 2002

My S80 is making a rattling sound on the left side and I suspect this could be a rear shock absorbers. Any indication of this is true. How can I test this.

Secondly what constitutes "regular service" and how do I reset the message.

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  • mugabenp Dec 17, 2008

    I need to go under & have the look. I will revert. I hope the shock is ok.

    What constitutes regular service?


  • mugabenp Dec 25, 2008

    I just reset the service message usng the following on my S80:

    With the key in the ignition, hold down the odometer reset button. While holding the button down, turn the key to position 1 for 2 sec and the to position 2 until the service light flashes 3 times. It can be tricky. You may have to do it a few times.


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Get your full weight on the left rear corner and give the car several bounces up and down to get some momentum going. Stop bouncing and watch the car. It should return and only bounce one half time more. Also worth looking at shock for signs of oil leaking. I suspect the rattling may be coming from a broken anti roll bar link. Once again a good look under the car is required.

Cheers John

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  • John Muir Dec 17, 2008

    Regular service is every 6000 to 9000 mls depending on driving condition.
    The service light on your car can only be reset through the obd port with an appropriate code reader / tester.


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