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Hi,

I bought a 2013 V40 T5 AWD Cross Country a few months ago. It's a japanese import so it's a 2.0litre T5 5 cylinder. 70,000km.

It has an 'issue' with the wheels feeling like they are binding slightly during very tight turns, most noticeable at full-lock under power at an uphill intersection.
Is this normal?

I had a pre-purchase inspection done and they identified a slight binding of the wheels during very tight turns, as if the car was in full four wheel drive mode (Four wheel drives have this problem because the inside and outside sets of wheels are trying to turn at different speeds).
I understand that the Haldex system should disengage to avoid this.
The dealer sent it to a transmission specialist and they drained the Haldex fluid and replaced the fluid. I picked up the car with no sign of the problem but it soon became apparent that it was still happening. i took it back and after almost 4 weeks I have it back with the same 'problem'. They have looked for fault info, dismantled the haldex, cleaned the Haldex clutch, and then tried a complete replacement haldex unit to test it and still had the issue.

They've given up saying either: 'it's meant to be like this' or that it's just because of a slight delay in activation of AWD system.

Has anyone else noticed this? It is usually very subtle.

Thanks
Nick
 

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Have the wheels been changed prior to the sale i.e oversize diameter / width.
 

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For larger wheels there's a travel restrictor on the suspension/rack and some other settings changed in the software I think. What size wheels does it have on now?
 

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For larger wheels there's a travel restrictor on the suspension/rack and some other settings changed in the software I think. What size wheels does it have on now?
Hi,
Standard wheels and tyres: 225/50 x 17.
I did ask if they checked the sensor but didn’t really get a definitive reply. Said they’d done diagnostic check and all okay. Very experienced transmission repair company but not Volvo specialists. They agreed there is some binding but can’t find anything wrong.
 

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I believe that size (same as mine) if factory fitted would need and have the restrictor already. If they're an upgrade it might not have been added.

Some very specific details from Mr Buzby (resident expert) in this thread: Cross Country wheels on non-CC see especially post #4.
 

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I believe that size (same as mine) if factory fitted would need and have the restrictor already. If they're an upgrade it might not have been added.

Some very specific details from Mr Buzby (resident expert) in this thread: Cross Country wheels on non-CC see especially post #4.
Thanks for that. I’ll do a bit of investigation re wheels size, but they’re the same wheels I’ve seen on other v40’s this age. It doesn’t seem to happen when no power is applied, which makes me think it is drivetrain related rather than steering.
 

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Thinking out loud... is the tracking correct? if its out massively both sides could it feel like its pulling the tread off as you turn?
 

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Thinking out loud... is the tracking correct? if its out massively both sides could it feel like its pulling the tread off as you turn?
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If the alignment was out a lot I think it would be noticeable in a straight line as well? Tyre wear looks even, and they’re fairly well used.
I also don’t think it would pass inspection when imported if anything is really out of whack. Any suggestions welcome though. Will be taking it to another garage for an opinion when I get a chance.
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For larger wheels there's a travel restrictor on the suspension/rack and some other settings changed in the software I think. What size wheels does it have on now?
Hi again,
i've just re-checked the manual, and the tyre options listed for the T5 (B5204T9) are:
205/55 R16, 205/50 R17, 225/45 R17

The tyres fitted are actually 225/50 R17. maybe that extra 10mm edge each side is causing problems?
I just went out and had a closer look and there does appear to be a narrow strip of wear that looks different than road wear?
 

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I've got 225/50R17 Michelin CrossClimatePlus on mine and no such problems. Same size as were fitted in the factory in 2016....
Maybe when yours was built in 2013 they didn't fit the restrictor?
 

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I've got 225/50R17 Michelin CrossClimatePlus on mine and no such problems. Same size as were fitted in the factory in 2016....
Maybe when yours was built in 2013 they didn't fit the restrictor?
yep. Quite possible. Or the tyres were replaced by someone who didn't know about the restrictor being needed.
I can't get to the steering rack to see but the next step for this car is to go to Volvo for a software update, so will make sure they check that.
 
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