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VolvoXC70 Loud Siren noise driving in rain

We were driving last weekend in a heavy rain storm when our 2004 XC70 started making a loud siren noise. The noise increased with acceleration. We pulled off the road, turned the car off. When restarted the sound was gone, but then returned again when driving in heavy rain. Any clues as to what is causing this noise and if it needs attention?

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  • Does the noise occur during low speed (5-20 mph) turns? Mine made an odd whooshing noise during same---tuned out to be a dry power steering reservoir. Relatively common for the plastic housing to crack and leak fluid all over the frame. Should be covered under warranty--even after as it has been reported by others on the net.
  • No, we were going about 50-60 on the highway. It is a loud ringing. Spoke with the service dept at our local dealership. He suggested that it may be caused by the hollow tunnel in the drive shaft developing a vacuum and pulling the exhaust over it causing a ringing sound. They can adjust. Not sure if I explained this right, but when the car goes in for it's 45,000 mile service next week, we will see what the verdict is. Also still riding on those original Pirelli tires, so expect to hear they are due to be replaced.
  • I have this too. I notice it in very wet conditions. Mechanics want to hear it before they can address it.
    BTW: What tires should I get next. I hate the Pirellis.
  • I have had the same experience twice before with my 2002 xc70. Tonight while driving up hill in a semi-heavy rain I started to hear this metallic screech(like metal on metal from under the car)-I was going relatively slow 30-40- I pulled over-heard it when I pulled forward & in reverse but it stopped after I turned the car off and started it again. then a few yards it began again- pulled over and did not turn the engine off. It stopped. Both times before it was raining. Any ideas?
  • We had the same problem. There is kit available at the Volvo dealer to stop the noise. It is not free ($300), but it stopped the noise. It took them a couple of years to solve the problem.
  • ted354ted354 Posts: 3
    The Perilli tires are famous for noises, and low milege. A forum on volvoXC.com has had quite a discussion on the best tires with many suggestions, however Nokians in the size 235/55r16 over the stock 215/65r16. I have looked at the tire rack and other on line stores but I don't see the brand......
  • Yes, I have a 2004 XC70 and have experienced the same thing, a metal screeching sound from the rear of the car while driving in snow. It has got to be related to traction sensing? Any one who has identified the problem and gotten a fix, please let me know. Just switched tires from the Pirellis, which I never liked to Dunlop WinterSports. The handling and ride has really improved.
  • Wow! This just happened to me while driving up to Copper Mt. this weekend. We heard that high pitched sound... thought it was the brakes, but not certain. It has dumbfounded me. It was snowing when this happened. Does anybody know what to tell the mechanic when I take it in?
    thanks
  • Did anyone ever post what causes the noise. We have a 2007 XC70 and it makes a very loud schreeching sound in wet snow.

    We just had the car into the dealer today, and we're having wet snow today, but they couldn't find thew cause.
  • chalfchalf Posts: 2
    I have your answer. I had the very same problem on my 2007 xc70. Its the bracket holding the muffler...it vibrates in the rain/moisture and creates that scary high pitched noise. When I called Big Dee Volvo...they knew all about it and fixed it (replaced bracket) for me free as part of the normal (very expensive) servicing. Problem was solved.
  • reggaereggae Posts: 1
    Unbelievable! This just happened to me yesterday driving through a torrential rain storm in Connecticut. (2004 XC70). In addition to 3 screaming kids and pounding rain, this siren sound started. It seemed to go away slightly if I sped up, too.
    The dealer we called hadn't heard of this problem but I'll try again. Thanks for the info.
  • I had a similar experience with my car. I had driven over a rasied manhole cover and the exhaust pipe was bent (but functioned properly). The dealership tried their best to straighten it out but it would have been quite expensive to change it out. I decided to drive as is. I simply laughed every time it rained and said "Singing in the rain..." Did get interesting looks from other drivers.
  • Happens all of the time when I drive in snow and slush. I have a roof rack...does anyone else? It is a combination of wind, snow build-up, and speed. I also have a Thule box on top, maybe it adds to the problem. It only happens at specific wind angles and wetness levels. That is the cause of my noise and may be for some of you.
  • jstyerjstyer Posts: 1
    I have a XC70 with 100,000 miles and recently it began making a loud siren like noise in heavy rain, usually not over 60 mph. My local dealer mentioned something about the drive shaft hitting the muffler but I checked and there is no evidence. I noted the kit below. Does it resolve the problem?
  • hanafihanafi Posts: 4
    I've seen 2 or 3 analyses here, and wonder what the final conclusion is. Neither the dealer nor any of the local Volvo specialists have heard of this problem! I find that very odd since several of you all have experienced it as do I.

    Someone mentioned a "kit" that fixes the problem, and another popular cure here has to do with a muffler bracket. Are they the same fix?

    It's heading towards the rainy season here in Seattle, and I'd love to find a remedy before it gets really wet out there.
  • I have a new to me '06 xc70, driven in heavy rain over summer, no issues. Today, w/ our 1 st heavy wet snow in NJ, I got what I believe is the same noise. I thought it was binding brakes. Only happened at above 30 mph, not below. Can this be the same thing? If so, what is the part # or name for kit described as the "fix"? TIA
  • hanafihanafi Posts: 4
    I still haven't found a solution to the whistling noise. It isn't drive shaft or brakes. It only happens after driving through water or slush. No vibration, no change in pitch or difference when changing speed. My guess is that whenever the water is dispersed, the sound ends. Local mechanics haven't heard of the issue before, including the dealer. They all want to hear it, which of course is difficult since it only happens in very wet conditions. My mechanic wonders if it is vacuum related.

    Help?!
  • In a torrential rain storm tonite on the freeway and heard this horrific noise coming from the engine compartment. Came on....subsided some.....then back on full. Pulled off at nearest exit. Drove at 30 MPH for a minute....it faintly came back and stayed away for entire 25 minute drive home at city street speed.

    Got home, google'd "high pitch noise 2007 Volvo XC70" and this immediately popped up. If there's a fix--i.e., muffler bracket--I want it, because if my wife or kids were driving, they would have FREAKED.
  • The person who posted about the "kit" cure has never responded to any inquiries about it. My local dealer and Volvo specialty shops maintain they've never heard of the issue before. I find it hard to believe since Seattle seems to be Volvo Central.. They're everywhere!

    It's rare for me to hear the sound these days, but every once in a while, after I've been surfing through slush or BIG puddles, it returns.
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