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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 4:08 pm 
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Found that a 1998 Volvo V70 Upper Engine Torque Rod Bushing fits right into the Ford Transaxle roll Resistor and it will save you $190 easy!!

Here is some DYI for the people that want to change it out.

Order 1 1998 Volvo V70 Upper Engine Torque Rod Bushing for $8.98
(FCPGroton.com) (no relation to website)(I also own a 1998 Volvo V70R)

1 hack saw
1 c-clamp
1 rubber mallet
13mm socket
Remove the bolt with the 13mm socket and set bolt aside and lift firewall bracket up and on top of the roll resistor bracket. Hack off Ford roll resistor center rubber with hack saw and remove as much rubber from the center as possible. I left the rear notch towards the firewall side for extra stop resistance.
Time to exercise the arms ! You will need to cut off the Volvo bushing ends with the hack saw(as shown in picture below) to have the bracket fit over it.
Next just insert bushing into the Ford Roll Resistor bracket and use the rubber mallet to hammer it in.Make note that the Volvo bushing does have an arrow showing which end MUST face up for proper installment. I used a C-clamp to help center it. Replace the firewall bracket into the original position and replace the 13mm bolt and tighten.

Worktime - 30 minutes
Savings - $190 :D

Enjoy!


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 4:10 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 7:19 am 
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I have ordered the part from FCPGroton per your instructions. Great write-up, simple and to the point. I *love* low-dollar solutions like this. Thanks!

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 8:16 am 
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I have a question, and maybe the answer is "it doesn't matter". The way you've installed the new rubber bushing into the existing housing, there's nothing to prevent the new bushing from rotating within the housing, under the right rocking pressure. I know with the stock one that the bushing is literally glued/secured/whatever to the housing, so it won't rotate without ripping apart. In your case, the new bushing is sitting inside a layer of rubber from the old one you cut out. So unless you glued it in, it might turn/rotate over time - which would cause an issue given the "this side up" instructions on the new one you put in. Again, not sure if this is a concern or not - but it might be a side-effect of the install.

Just curious - but a very creative solution nonetheless!

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 3:37 pm 
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Yes, I tried to address this problem by leaving the rubber from the Ford roll resistor on the back side (firewall side). If you look at it there is a bump and unroundness in one of the final installed pictures(see below). I believe this will prevent any rolling of the bushing besides the bushing is very tight !


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 9:02 am 
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I just installed this part on my FS yesterday and it worked perfectly. I believe the reason it says "this side up" is because the bolt hole is offset to one side. If you put it so that the offset is towards the rear (as shown in the pics) then it matches up to the FS bolt hole exactly. The offset keeps it from rolling over.

BTW a jigsaw works really well to remove the old rubber from the hole where the new part goes.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 4:52 pm 
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Glad it worked out for you. Its been about a month and all is well,no movement or sliding. Now I get to spend my savings on something else for the FS.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 6:16 am 
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FCPGroton is the best. I bought a few things for my 98 V70 T5 from them. Wanted an R, but wound up with the T5 instead. Don't have it anymore, the maintenance was getting to be just too darn much. Fast wagon though.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:03 am 
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An update on the Transaxle Roll Resistor Replacement.

Its a week shy of 4 months and the roll resistor replacement looks good. No movement or shifting, all marks are lined up.Hopes this helps anyone looking o save $$$

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 1:34 pm 
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You guys are SUper! I had my 2005 ford fivehundred in for an AC compressor replacement. As my tech ( a personal friend ) was working on the A/C, he noticed the broken mount (roll resistor). He called around and found only is only available from Ford for $230. I told him I'll look around for a less expensive part supplier. In searching the web I found your forum and the $9 solution. That week I ordered the Volvo part, followed your excellent and explicit photos - and Bingo ! Worked like a charm! I used a C-Clamp with a 6 inch 1x2 to facilitate pressing the bushing in. A big Thank You for sharing the alternative solution.


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Thank YOU! Ive been putting off doing this because of the cost of the part. Your solution proves what I have been thinking. There is no reason the aluminum rod needs to be replaced!


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Just did this myself. The price was only $6.98 + shipping and even with the cheapest USPS shipping method, it arrived in three days.
It is working fine. I might have cut a little too much rubber off the original one because I have a few small gaps but it is still working fine.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 8:00 pm 
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I just did mine today also.

The hardest part was trying to hold the new roll resistor so I could chop off both ends. I used a saw zall.

I hammered my new roll resistor in after applying a touch of vaseline to the outside to help slide it in.

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I beat that price. I had mine replaced under my extended warranty.
mine didnt look as bad as some of these on here, but the dealer thought it was bad enough to replace.

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mine is completely rotted-much worse than anyone I saw here.......probably need to replace.....

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