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Leaking OEM strut with about 40k miles on it forced some unplanned suspension work. Built up 2 totally new front strut assemblies with Bilstein B4 struts and Eibach lowering springs. Installed Eibachs in the rear as well. Upgraded the rear sway bar from the stock 19mm to 21mm, which is the largest OEM bar. Front end dropped 0.75", while the rear dropped 1". Smiles per gallon is up a bit! Still handles cargo well. Sitting at 165k miles.
 

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Made it through another winter. Sitting at 172k right now. Been fighting drivetrain vibration issues for a few months. High frequency vibration when accelerating or under load. Speed dependent, not RPM. Peaks around 60-70 MPH. Goes away by 75. Been swapping around axles without any improvement. Noticed some rotational play in the output shaft of the transmission. Hmmm. Had an oil analysis done on the transmission fluid. 3x normal for aluminum, lead, copper, and tin. That's not good. 95% fluid exchange 20k miles ago. Beginning to suspect a bad differential bearing, but no noise. Pulling the tyranny requires dropping the subframe. Ugh. So, if this is the problem, my choices are: 1) Replace with another used automatic ~$1800; 2) Rebuild existing transmission ~$2500; 3) Manual transmission swap ~$3000. The later requires getting the car to CT or MA.

On the fun side, I have a larger turbo waiting to go on. Get a bit more top end without larger injectors and tune. With bigger injectors and a tune, maybe another 50HP. But, it'll have to wait until the vibration issues are resolved.
 

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Finally got around to a seat upgrade! Got tired of trying to find decent 10-15 year old seats for my car. Found out that the 2011-2018 Volvo S60/V60/XC60 use the same seat frame as mine, just different tracks and electronics. So, skin the seats, swap the foam, reinstall the skins, splice in the seat heaters, and voila, almost new seats! Found a set of 2017 V60 sport seats in CT with 6k miles on them. Can't get too much newer than that! Had recalibrate the occupant weight sensor and clear the SRS codes.
 
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Sound matting applied and swapped my tan carpet for black. I like the contrast it provides.
 
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You must really love that car to go through that much trouble with sound damping and seats. The workmanship looks excellent.
It's cheaper than buying a new one!
 

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Had to replace the automatic transmission due to a vibration issue either from a differential bearing or torque converter. 174k miles. Replaced it with a used one with 37k miles on it. Added a secondary cooler and remote filter. Have to drop the subframe to remove it. Gladly paid someone to do it! Replaced rear main seal, torque converter seal, axle seals, subframe bushings, and axles (used with 6k on them). Upgraded the front sway bar.

The initial drive today was good. No bad sounds or wonky shifts and no more vibrations!

Really wanted to do a manual swap. But, about 2.5x the cost of this.

Hopefully good for at least another 150k miles!


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Well, after a couple of days, started seeing transmission fluid dripping from the bellhousing. Ugh. Probably the new torque converter seal. Back into the shop Wednesday for round two.

In the meantime, I took the old transmission apart for a quick look. Some wear on the differential bearings. The bearing races spin in their bores.


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Man.... you're not having luck with the transmissions. I have to commend you though the interior of that is awesome! Great looking V70 you have there. I always had a soft spot for them loving longroofs. I wish there were more wagons out there.
 

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Man.... you're not having luck with the transmissions. I have to commend you though the interior of that is awesome! Great looking V70 you have there. I always had a soft spot for them loving longroofs. I wish there were more wagons out there.
Transmission seems fine. It was the $20 OEM torque converter seal!

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At least on the Taurus the output shaft has a bushing that regulates the amount of fluid that gets to the actual seal. If the bushing is worn the seal and drain can't handle the flow/ pressure and leaks. My 2001 had this issue in real cold weather. Maybe something to ask the trans shop about.
 

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At least on the Taurus the output shaft has a bushing that regulates the amount of fluid that gets to the actual seal. If the bushing is worn the seal and drain can't handle the flow/ pressure and leaks. My 2001 had this issue in real cold weather. Maybe something to ask the trans shop about.
Not sure how much pressure the seal is designed to handle. Looks like a regular seal. It was fine initially. After 2 days, 1 drip on driveway. After 3 days 4-5 drips. So, seems like a reasonable culprit.

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Not sure how much pressure the seal is designed to handle. Looks like a regular seal. It was fine initially. After 2 days, 1 drip on driveway. After 3 days 4-5 drips. So, seems like a reasonable culprit.

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On the Taurus the bushing limits the flow and the drain holes can handle the flow. As the bushing wears the flow increases and the drain flow increases and drain pressure goes up as well. The seal starts to leak.
 

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On the Taurus the bushing limits the flow and the drain holes can handle the flow. As the bushing wears the flow increases and the drain flow increases and drain pressure goes up as well. The seal starts to leak.
On a transmission with 37k on it, you wouldn't think there would be an issue like that. But, you never know. All of that would be inside the pump assembly.

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Well, it was the torque converter seal. Missing a 0.5" sliver off the back of it.


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