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Value, Performance & Lifetime Warranty
on March 13, 2012
Volvo's are prone to Spring Seat failure/breaking so the entire Strut Assembly must be removed and disassembled in order to replace the Spring Seat.
Mine had the OE Strut Assembly so except for the Bellow Boot, Bump Stop and Spring everything else required to be replaced. Save time, labor and money plus the hassle of using a Spring Compressor. Just snap these in (sort of). If you have the basic DIY tools this is literally removal of the tire, unbolting the sway bar link, unplug and sliding off the ABS sensor line, 3 bolts on the Strut Mount and the 2 large Steering Knuckle Bolts and your in and out. 1.5 to 2.5 hours beginning to end depending on your skill level and tools. Of course you need to replace both sides and get an alignment after the installation. Be sure to check some websites such as Mathew's Volvo for detailed pictorial instructions and follow Manufacturer Torque Specs for all the Nuts and Bolts.
The ride is like being on marshmallows but very taut when you encounter bumps. I would assume other cars may not be as taut as Volvo's are designed that way. Also installed the Rear Gas Shocks from Gabriel. Rides so smooth I am not use to the marshmallow feel yet and the car is much quieter over all even though they are on 5 year old tires in need of replacement. Time will tell how they hold out. ENJOY and BLESSINGS!