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Control Arm Failure in 2 weeks S70 1998


I griped a bit in this post

http://www.brickboard.com/AWD/volvo/1508303/C70/ipd_sells_uro_definitely_junk.html

Contacted IPD about the premature failure and expressed my disappointment in the quality of the parts they are now selling. It's the weekend so I haven't heard back yet.

I don't think much of URO parts, but they are getting harder and harder to avoid. They seem to be much worse than Scan-Tech.

 





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Ordered OEM/Volvo Arms from Tasca S70 1998

I ordered replacement arms from Tasca Volvo. I was a little concerned because they were $115 and the schematic showed the two-bolt variety.

But I ordered anyway, supplying my VIN to guarantee fit.

They arrived today... and they are exactly what I need. Beautiful "Volvo" boxes containing the 4-bolt control arms that my car needs.

OEM quality for significantly less than the best competitor.

Now I just need the weather to calm down so I remove and return the URO arms to IPD.

 




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Control Arm Failure in 2 weeks S70 1998

Were you supposed to grease them like they do on 850s?
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'96 855R,'64 PV544 driver, '67 P1800 basket case, '95 855, '95 854, the first three are mine, heh, heh, 485,000 miles put on 9 bricks

 




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Control Arm Failure in 2 weeks S70 1998

VolvoSpeed suggested greasing them, so I did.

I'm getting a really weird roll-bump-roll-bump with these arms on. Might be unrelated but kinda weird. Didn't do it before I put these on. Feel like I'm playing whack-a-mole with my front end components...

The OEM arms I removed from the car had intact bumpstops with at least 20,000 miles on the car - just from me.

I only removed them because the The ball joint boot split on the driver's side and the joint wore out on the passenger side arm.

 




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Recommended Replacement Options? S70 1998

First off, I contacted IPD and they responded to this issue - as well as the mis-bagged OEM tie rod ends very professionally.

I need to order some replacements but after the URO parts issue, I'd like some thought on OEM vs. the various aftermarket parts.

So, I can get

URO for $49 (IPD)
Nordic for $72 (eEuro)
Scan-Tech for $77 (FCP)
Unknown for $93 (VLVWorld)
Volvo OEM for $116 (Tasca)
Lempforeder for $155 (FCP)
Genuine Volvo for $171 (eEuro)

I found a similar parts spread at RockAuto.

Presently, I'm leaning towards the OEM arms from Tasca Volvo, but if Nordic is respected, I'll might go with them.

 




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Recommended Replacement Options? S70 1998

I would lump URO, ScanTech, Nordic and Unknown all into one poor quality category.

Lemforder/ZF is the OEM manufacturer (like how Bosch manufactures the MAF and O2 sensors).

I recently bought a Deeza form RockAuto.com which I am VERY happy with, but I've only had them for ~4-5 weeks, so not long enough to tell.


I have tried Meyle as well, and found them to be of reasonable quality. Not as good as Lemforder or the Deeza I recently purchased.

YMMV though, as I'm using the 4-bolt control arms, which tend to fail at the vulcanization between the bushings and the rod that goes through them, which is not an issue with the 2-bolt arms.

FWIW those little steering stops have never stayed on very long on any control arms I've ever tried. Even OEM.

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1998 V70 AWD->FWD->AWD Turbo 220k+

 




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Control Arm Failure in 2 weeks S70 1998

Why don't you buy the FCP Groton brand? They are the same price and actually stamped FCP. I just replaced them over the weekend.

Also, after making the purchase, I was shopping around on rockauto.com and I noticed that Raybestos makes control arms for my 98 R. I have used Raybestos parts on my older Volvo, and I bet that they are superior to most other stuff, since they are made in the U.S. Try and get a refund, and then buy someplace else.

Another idea, take the bump-stop off your older one (or make one out of Plexy-glass and rivet it to your new one.
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Control Arm Failure in 2 weeks S70 1998

FWIW I recently had to get a new control arm and bought a DEEZA from RockAuto. I was very impressed with the quality, esp considering the price. It's only been on there a month so time will tell if the quality is for real.

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1998 V70 AWD->FWD->AWD Turbo 220k+

 




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Control Arm Failure in 2 weeks S70 1998

Hi, I have given the bilstein/febi brand of control arm a tryout. While I am only just rebuilding my '96 850t front end and have no miles on these yet, they do look very high quality and are German made. I have previously used the billstein/febi brand for the rear trailing arm bushings(2)(yup those) and they have been very good. These are priced very well from a company called RMEuropean based in Denver and I think L.A. I live on the east coast and even though they are shipped from the mountain or west coast time zones they arrive in a very timely manner. They have a low free shipping threshhold. Another nice touch is an email box next to each product that you choose which lets you ask questions about the part....my main question is country of manufacture and they will tell you right up front. I also am trying some Lemforder sway bar links made in Germany from them that are very well priced.
I am NOT affiliated with them just happy with their goods and services.



Dan

 




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Control Arm Failure in 2 weeks S70 1998

I was thinking about doing that, but I want to wait and see what IPD says.

I buy a lot from FCP and IPD, but this time, I put my trust in IPD selling a comparable product to FCP. I had no idea that I'd be getting URO junk.

Honestly, Tasca sells OEM volvo parts for less than FCP and I'll probably go with them.

 




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