Today we are going to check out a issue that may prove to be unsafe. If you detect any handling or grip problems on your Volvo V60 , it is important that you drive cautiously and manage it fairly quickly. Our team has written and published this article to help you solve them. First, we’ll fairly quickly check out the main components that ensure effective road handling, then we’ll check out why your Volvo V60 doesn’t hold the road any more, and at last we’ll check out how to solve your grip problems.
What are the main components that ensure great road holding and handling on a Volvo V60?
We begin this content page by fairly quickly describing the main components that will ensure good road holding for your Volvo V60. It’s important to know that a vehicle’s grip is a science in itself. It will consequently depend on many elements, we will explain below the main ones that can be affected:
- Shock absorbers: The main components of your road handling, they permanently ensure the contact between the wheels and the road. They absorb all shocks and holes on the road.
- Tyres: They are the ones that will ensure the grip of your Volvo V60 on the road, the softer they are, the more grip you have, but the faster they get broken, the harder they are, the less grip you have, but the more resistant they are. Temperature influences their wear. Their size will as well play on grip, the wider they are the more contact with the ground will be important.
- The center of gravity: The higher your car is going to be, the more it will lean in the corners and therefore lose handling, that’s why low profile sports cars grip better than very high 4×4’s
- Wheel Alignment: This adjustment enables you to control the vertical angle of your car’s wheels, it is therefore important for the grip of your motor vehicle and the wear of your tires. This adjustment is very precise and must be carried out by professionals.
There are many other components to take into consideration such as wheelbase, ground clearance, chassis rigidity, weight and aerodynamics…
Why is my Volvo V60 having problems with my car’s handling or grip?
We will now move on to the component that interests you the most, why my Volvo V60 has handling problems? As we mentioned earlier, there are quite a lot of components to take into consideration for your car to have a good grip, nevertheless there are few that can evolve over time, most of them are intrinsic to the construction of the car, we will find out right away those that can affect your handling and road, and, why:
- As we described earlier, the rubber of the tyres has a fundamental role in the good road holding of your motor vehicle, if your tyres are dead, you might have problems of road holding on wet road at first and when you reach the “cord” even on dry road.
- Dead shock absorbers: If your shock absorbers are dead, your motor vehicle will no longer have the ability to absorb the irregularities of the road properly and it will often “float”, which will result in a bad distribution of the masses on the car and shift the centre of gravity of the car. You risk slipping in the bends.
- The risk with a misalignment is that your ground contact area is reduced because of a too open or too closed wheel angle, you will have grip problems.
- A steering issue: Last but not least, the last important part for good road handling is that all the components of your steering must be in good condition. The most classic circumstance is that your stabilizer bar or the silent blocks of your steering triangles are dead. The outcome will be a delay in your changes of direction.
How do you solve the handling problems?
We now move on to the different solutions to resolve your road holding problems on your Volvo V60 .
- Tyres: Nothing could be less complicated, just change your tyres, make sure to verify them cautiously and change them when you get to the visual indicator in the grooves of your tyres. It is generally necessary to count between 100 and 200 euros for a pair of tires.
- Shock absorbers: Ditto, dead shock absorbers have to be changed, if you want to know when to change the shock absorbers of a Volvo V60, please have a check out our content page on this topic. The price can vary quite a lot, but you will have to count at least 400€
- Wheel alignment: You will have to go to your garage to have it solved, it will cost you less than 100€?
- Steering: If you have problems with the handling on Volvo V60 because of your steering, there may be some components involved, in this case you will have to produce a complete check-up of these components, the best is to call a specialist.
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