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Shocks or struts for front driver & passanger

What kind of shocks do I need for my volvo s80?
Also, while driving...the break light comes on, I can't get any messages to show up in the message box until that light goes off.
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  • bcarrier001 Dec 21, 2008

    I have a noise on the right hand side of the 2003 Volvo S80.



    Could someone gives me an estimate for replacing either the shock/strut and do I need to replace all of them at the same time.

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The front has struts and the rear has shocks. I used Volvo OEMs. The rears are VERY easy to do yourself. The upper mounts are located behind the rear doors in the trunk area. It takes 15 minutes each to replace the rears.

The fronts are not difficult to remove if you have an air wrench + 6 sided socket, and a special star socket (14mm I think). You can find detailed instructions online. Once the front struts are out of the vehicle, you'll need to compress the springs before taking them apart. I did one myself using loaner spring compressors from Advanced Auto. I brought the second one into my local muffler shop because they have an industrial spring compressor. Make sure that you have a ride available to the nearest Volvo Parts dealer because once you get the struts apart, you'll probably need to replace the rubber bearing assembly in the strut that rotates when the wheel turns. There is also a rubber sleve that surrounds the strut to keep dirt out. The metal mount for his corrodes. The struts are a very important part of your steering, so if you do the fronts use care. Also, be aware that you'll probably be purchasing alot more parts than just the piston for the fronts. Suggest that you price it all out before proceeding.

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On the S80, there should be two different types of struts for the front. One with a wire that comes out of the bottom of the strut and one that doesn't. If it has the wire...I'd recommend taking it to dealership. If it doesn't...I haven't heard any problems with aftermarket struts.

The C70 has struts on the front and shocks on the back. Most typical set up for most cars.

Does the brake light come on when making turns, braking, or accelerating?

If so, check your brake fluid reservoir. If it gets too low, it can slosh to one side away from the level sensor and causing the light to stay on for awhile. If the level is low...it's a good sign that your brake pads may need replacement.

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