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240 Rear wheel play and clunk with handbrake on

Hi all,

Unsure whether this is just a #Volvothings, or if something is wrong.

240 sedan with all new rear poly bushings, adj torque rods, DVS panhard bar etc. The bushings were all tightened with the car at ride height.

Handbrake cables are adjusted properly and stop the car without excessive lever travel

With car on stands and handbrake on, you can rotate the rear wheels a small amount each way and they clunk at each end.

The same noise can be heard with an aggressive downshift or when reversing from a stop (the noise seems to transmit through the tailshaft making a 'ting' noise).

Minimal play in tailshaft when handbrake is applied.

I've read though this thread: but can confirm all suspension bolts are toight.

Any ideas?

Cheers Chris


  • I'm no expert in this area, but if all rear suspension bushes are tight, maybe something is going on inside the diff.

    Get a helper if you can, get the car back on stands and have one person listen for exactly where the noise is coming from, while the other person moves wheels, etc.

  • jamesincJames @jamesinc Oz Volvo Ice Fortress

    Maybe you are hearing the handbrake shoes moving slightly

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