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2003 Volvo XC70 Cross Country 2.5T AWD - Brake/Wheel Noise

When ever the wheels/brake get excessively wet, as in slush, or heavy rain, puddles there is a very loud/high pitched 'whine' which comes from the wheels. It is quite annoying, and lasts until either the vehicle comes to a complete stop for 10-15 seconds, or the vehicle seems to have dried it-self during forward motion. This has been occurring since I purchased the vehicle new in '03. The dealer originally told me this was normal, and nothing to worry about. However, no one I know of w/ Volvos has experienced this problem, and when it happened again this week after a heavy snow/slush I contacted the dealer, and now they're saying it doesn't sound like a normal condition, and I should bring in the vehicle for a check-up. I don't trust the dealer, but they're the only dealer in the area. I 'baby' this car, and it's still in showroom condition. I'm hoping that someone can explain what's going on. Also everytime I take my Volvo in for regular maintanance they seem to discover more things to replace @ huge cost to me, ie @ 75000 K they informed me I needed new 'tie-rods'. They told me it's due to 'off road', I've never even been on rough pavement! At 80000 K they informed me the 'tie-rods' yet again needed replacement, so I brought in my previous invoice, and they said, OH We'll replace at our Cost, but then they managed to locate a 'faulty' seal for the AWD system which required replacement, and proceeded to tell me that this was a problem in the '03 Model Year, (8) hours later I got a bill for $1,700 for the Oil Change, and Seal Replacement. I love my Volvo, but no longer can trust the dealership. Could you answer my question? Thanks

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Hello - there. Bottomline is that your dealer has taken you. There is a known warranty / design issue for this. Please see:

http://xc70.com/resources/how-to/pdf/driveline-high-pitched-squealing-noise.pdf

This issue is due to cooling of the exhaust system causing the muffler to contact the drive shaft.

Its a Dealer Warranty / repair issue:

Driveline/Exhaust - High Pitched Squealing Noise
NO: 25-21
DATE: 7-21-2004
MODEL:
AWD S60 /S80 / V70 / V70 XC / XC70 / XC90

You need part number 30676687. Should take 0.2 hrs.

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Tie rods are easie to check take large water pump pliers and you squeeze them up and down [ flat edge to nut] .what a tie rod is is a cone sitting on a ball with spring and little cone plate holding it somewhat tight to the ball . if you squeeze it and its very easie to squeeze its wore out.. or its just loose, don't chance this if it falls off you will have zero steering .your dealer dosn't sound on the up and up.go to a tire shop ask about tie rods and you will have your answer about your regular mech. brakes im not commenting unless i look at them. they possibly can be sticking which is usley pull apart clean the slide rails and reassemble .brakes should slightly rub the disk keeping them dry and clean.if the slide rails get rusted or very dirty you press your brakes and they cant return properly wearing the brakes and gas also robbing power. hope this gives you enough info to at least be able to see if your being taken for a ride.

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