Question about 2004 Volvo XC90
I have a 2005 xc90 volvo. I've not had any major problems with it until a very heavy rain (and it's been through many heavy rains before this problem). There was 2-3 inches of water on the driver's floor side of the car. Any suggestions where this may be coming from? I hesitate taking it to the dealer. $$$$$ Several weeks ago, I noticed some water on the left side of the mat on the driver's side and water droplets just above it, kind of near and left of the fuse box. Help!! Rita
It the drain that goes from ur sunroof. I have an 04 and just figured it out. am a female and did it myself. It has and elbow rubber piece at the end that gets clogged and makes the water backup nd drain into the car not out. TRUST ME this is it. Pop open the grab handles on the panel next to the windshield, unbolt the bolts, pop the panle off, follow the tube down the bottom of the panel, pull it out of the elbow, pull the black rubber elbow out of the metal frame and push something into it and you will see all of the build up push out. They wanted $1000.00 dollars to do it. it is some kind of defect in the design in these trucks. u cane pour water in the lip of the sun roof where ther r 2 small holes (one on eitherside) and u will see it wont drain, but once u do this u will see the water drain out of the bottom of the truck. IT"S EASY !!! Save $1000 and do it yourself.
Posted on Mar 09, 2010
I agree with the sunroof being clogged. Not only do I have 2004 xc90 by as well my oldest daughter. My husband cleaned out mine last year by doing as the above poster did and just yesterday my daughter did hers. Hers was far worse than mine and she will need replace the little elbows as they dry rotted out as this must have been going on without her noticing for some time. She is also most likely going to need to replace her yaw sensor located under the seat, pricey unit, which was sitting in water under the seat. I noticed mine because I drive barefoot at times and felt moisture. She did not notice until her car was making sloshing noises and started to smell like mold. I now plan to do this as a maintenance with oil changes.
Posted on Jun 24, 2013
It sounds like your windshield is leaking or your heater & A/C system is overflowing into the car instead of draining.
Seasons can cause contraction & expansion in all moving things & if the test below shows water, your windshield or door seal is no longer working.
You can verify this by drying everything up, taking a garden hose or a car wash hose & just let water flow over the windshield & top of the vehicle & down the sides including the door seal areas. Pressure isn't necessary but it may reveal where the specific leak is by making the upholstery damp & you would be able to see that from inside the car. Recheck the area you just dried up & you should find your problem. If that happens to be the case, instead of the dealer, check out the possible windshield repair services that will even come to your job or home & replace the seal or the seal & windshield if by chance it has a problem. You can get several estimates & verify reliablity before chosing a particular service.
The only other way for water to get in is through the A/C & heater system which does have a lot of water output and some drain-through when the A/C or Defroster is being used. Sometimes, the drain hose on the a/c can get plugged. It usually exits out of the heater box, through the firewall/floorboard area in front of the passenger seat area & it won't usually be a straight hose bu could be, they usually have baffles in them. Clean with a zip strip drain cleaner, or something suitable that won't damage anything as you push it up into the heater box hose (there is soft metal up there) through if that appears to be the problem. If you attempt to do this & you get immediate leakage, you've found your problem.
Posted on Feb 02, 2010
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2 Complaint Number: 10343465 Incident Date: June 16, 2010 Date Added to File: July 15, 2010 Description of the Complaint:Volvo xc90 2005 v8 - counter balance shaft failure leading to total engine failure and requiring engine replacement 3 Complaint Number: 10324165 Incident Date: November 16, 2009 Date Added to File: April 7, 2010 Description of the Complaint:Counter balance bearing failed at 55,504 miles. Non-greased bearing failure, caused by rusting, due to moisture build up inside of engine chamber. Vehicle had all required service done a volvo dealerships. Engine was repaired not replaced, for a cost of $5000.00. Repair work was done at volvo dealership. Volvo mechanic drilled weeping hole in chamber where counter balance shaft sits to allow water caused by moisture build up to escape. Drilling weeping hole was part of a tech bulletin issued by volvo. V8 engines for the xc90 produced in 2005 did not initially have this weeping hole in them. This design change was implemented part way through the production year (I believe post engine #6833). Letter was written to the ceo of volvo cars of n.A. Llc and representative from his office refused to provide any support, stating that the vehicle in question was out of Warranty and that there were no recalls with regards to this issue. Info provided to volvo from swedespeed.Com (see ODI id #10313311), however, this was rejected by volvo as a non-valid source of information (their own customers!). The repair job to replace the cb shaft and bearing was over 30 hours, not to mention the parts cost. What will it take volvo to admit there is a problem here and issue a recall to replace bearings and drill weeping holes in their 2005 xc90's with v8 engines? considering the cost they will incur, I'd suggest they will need to be pushed. The cost of engine repair is ($5,000) and engine replacement ($15,000+). All bearing failures outside of Warranty are falling on the shoulders of the consumer. Recalls are about safety not cost to the manufacture. Just because this problem may only be linked to the 2005 v8 engines doesn't mean it is not important enough to be addressed for not only consumer financial protection but also for safety reasons. Thankfully my engine didn't fail while my family was driving on a busy interstate!
4 Complaint Number: 10313311 Incident Date: February 13, 2010 Date Added to File: February 23, 2010 Description of the Complaint:Ungreased bearing failing on 2005 v8 volvo xc90 a balance shaft bearing is failing due to the fact that the bearing is not greased and water can enter into the bearing cavity and make it rust. Once this happens, it can produce a total engine failure, and besides the fact the engine is totally compromised and needs replacement, it would obviously impair the ability to drive the vehicle, especially at highway speeds. This particular car has an engine with only 60k miles, serviced regularly and with the last major service performed at a volvo dealer at about 50k miles. The car has been driven very lightly and it only has made about 10k miles in about two years. Here is in summary what I found about this: -the bearing that is failing is not lubricated (so nothing to do with oil in this case), and it fails due to the fact that water and/or humidity gets to it, by washing the engine(?) never did that anyway - or by the car just sitting in a lot.. -there is a volvo bulletin that details what needs to be done, including drilling a weeping hole into the engine block to drain water; this shows that the problem is acknowledged and a fix has been put into place; it also shows that there is significant number of vehicles out there that have the same issue. -this seems to be a very common problem with this type of engine and year (2005 xc90, v8 engine, engine series less than #6800) I have pointed out a few threads below that mention the same issue. Given all the reasons enumerated above, I am asking for an evaluation of this issue and I really feel volvo should recognize this as a design problem, issue a recall and step up to fix this
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