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traction control system 9 months 2 days ago #1131

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I just bought an S60R with 90,000 miles on it. It has brand new tires.
Driving on slick roads, I have noticed that the car is "squirelly" It's not that I lose control, but the car gives me a sense of maybe i'm going to lose control. Could this be the DSTC system working correctly, or maybe it's working incorrectly? I've been driving on icy roads for 40 years, and I've never felt anything like this before. This is the first Volvo I've ever driven.
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traction control system 9 months 2 days ago #1133

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ernie wrote:
I just bought an S60R with 90,000 miles on it. It has brand new tires.
Driving on slick roads, I have noticed that the car is "squirelly" It's not that I lose control, but the car gives me a sense of maybe i'm going to lose control. Could this be the DSTC system working correctly, or maybe it's working incorrectly? I've been driving on icy roads for 40 years, and I've never felt anything like this before. This is the first Volvo I've ever driven.
ernie wrote:
I just purchased a 2004 S60R with 90,000 miles. I bought it from a Kia dealer, who knows nothing about Volvos. He said he "thinks" the timing belt was replaced at 60,000. How can I determine whether or not this is so? I did run a CarFax report on the vehicle, and there is no record there of the belt being replaced.
Man, do I love this car!! I'm 62 years old, and this is the first car I've ever loved!

Welcome to the Forum, Ernie.

Your new Volvo has about 300hp and all-wheel-drive - a great combination for running over squirrels.

Look on the front of the engine for a tag showing last timing belt replacement date/miles and in the glove box for any service records. If still in doubt best to get a new belt, tensioners, etc. as failure is permanent.

The AWD system on your R has been known to "act up" as the miles accumulate and angle gear failure is a common event. Also, computers control the AWD so dump all OBD codes to check the health of the system.

Fun at age 62 - 'bout time!

George Dill
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traction control system 5 months 3 weeks ago #1310

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It is not supposed to feel squirrely, it is supposed to feel sure footed at all times, wet or snow. Are all 4 of your tires the same, with the same wear? Rotation should be done at every oil change.

A lot depends also on the make/trype of tire. You also want to check the Haldex portion of the rear drive. It has its own oil and filter which must be changed every 40K miles.
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