The wheels of my Volvo C70 tend to wobble when I drive between 20 and 45 miles per hour. How can I fix this problem?
The wobbling may be caused by a defective tire or bent rim. To diagnose your tires, you need to remove one from your car and replace with a new one and check if the problem is gone. Keep doing this one at a time with all four wheels or until you find the problem tire. Should you find it and that faulty tire is from the same batch as the other three, you might have to remove all of them to make sure that the problem stays away. However, this is not a necessary step unless you have more than one bad tire.
Whenever I drive my Volvo C70, I feel a shake through the body of the car. What could be causing this?
First, you need to confirm where the juddering is coming from. If you feel it in your seat more, then the source is at the rear of your car. But if you feel it in your steering wheel or dashboard, then the shaking could be coming from the front. If the shaking can be felt more strongly on your seat, then the dampers of your Volvo C70 might be set to hard, or your car has a damaged axle. It is also possible that the engine mount needs to be replaced. If a car has a lot of miles in it, this component starts to judder when you accelerate.
I hear a groaning sound whenever I turn my steering wheel to the left. The noise tends to continue after I make the turn, and I can also feel a vibration at the same time. Could this be caused by a steering problem or is it something else?
Vibrations felt in the steering wheel is a common problem, but it doesn't always point to a problem in the steering system. Of course, the first thing you usually check is the component that you suspect is the problem. Start by checking the steering pump fluid level. If it's low, add the correct fluid to the level marked on the pump. You should also look for fluid around the pump hoses in case there's a leak. Next, inspect the Constant Velocity Joint. It usually grinds whenever you turn left or right. If you're still unsure, you might have to take your car to a service center to have it looked at.
The engine of my Volvo C70 started to misfire after I fit in a new battery. Should I simply conclude it's because of the battery?
While your engine misfiring after installing a new battery is no coincidence, it could still be caused by another component. The only way this is possible is that you or whoever installed the battery may have pulled off a part while fitting the new battery. After checking your battery if it's working fine, look at the usual suspects for engine misfire. It could be the ignition, the fuel injectors, or spark plugs. Inspect each component one by one until you find the actual problem.
Volvo C70: 16 Years of Style, Luxury, and Performance
A stylish convertible introduced in 1997, the Volvo C70 was solid proof that the company doesn’t just manufacture boxy, square contraptions. Featuring a sleek exterior and a plush interior, the first-gen C70 was released as a coupe from 1997 to 2002 and as a softtop convertible from 1999 to 2006. The second-generation C70 is a retractable hardtop that was manufactured from 2006 to 2013.
1997-2006: From boringly boxy to stylishly sleek
Before the C70, Volvo was known for its rectilinear designs characterized by a boring, boxy exterior. To change the company’s reputation, designers Jose Diaz de la Vega and Peter Horbury led the design team and came up with a stylish vehicle that’s all Volvo. For the basic design and suspension, Volvo collaborated with TWR or Tom Walkinshaw Racing. After 30 months of planning and development, the Volvo C70 was introduced.
A stylish, four-seater convertible, the C70 was equipped with seat belt pre-tensioners, automatic rollover hoops, A-pillars reinforced with boron steel, electrically heated rear windows, side and front airbags, and a horse shoe-like safety cage around the passenger compartment. The complement the stylishly sleek exterior, the soft top was made available in four colors. The fully automatic convertible top can be operated by a single button mounted on the dashboard and is stored beneath a rigid tonneau cover assembly.
Special editions were also made and featured a wood trim, a two-tone leather interior, a Dolby Pro Logic stereo system, and Dynaudio speakers.
2006-2013: Two cars in one
The second-gen Volvo C70 was introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2005. The goal behind this version was to come up with a vehicle for buyers who want both a convertible and a regular car, hence the “two cars in one” campaign. In just 30 seconds, the retractable hardtop conveniently folds into position, presenting a new car with a solid roof.
Despite the dramatic changes to the model’s design and structure, it continues to uphold the company’s commitment to safety. As a matter of fact, the C70 was hailed by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) as a top safety pick. Among its safety features are an inflatable, door-mounted side impact protection and an ROPS or roll over protection structure, which includes roll hoops conveniently tucked behind the rear seats. When the car rolls over, these roll hoops are deployed to prevent or lessen injuries.
In 2010, the C70 was given a facelift, which included a new Flamenco Red Pearl color, a restyled front end, new LED rear lamps, and a restyled instrument panel. Although production stopped in 2013 with the last C70 rolled out in 2013, this Volvo convertible continues to attract buyers who want a stylish ride with uncompromised safety standards.