Noisy Air Conditioning - 2012 Volvo S60 T5 Long-Term Road Test

2012 Volvo S60 Long-Term Road Test

2012 Volvo S60 T5: Noisy Air Conditioning

February 14, 2012

Parking our longterm 2012 Volvo S60 in Edmunds Intergalactic Headquarters parking garage yesterday, I noticed a distinct groany noise that was vaguely reminiscent of the power steering in my first car.

That car, an '82 Olds Cutlass Supreme, had a perpetual power steering leak (among others) that at the time I was too poor to fix. Even finding gas money was like an easter egg hunt at each fuel stop. I'd search for loose change under the seats, carpet, in the trunk, jammed in the dash, etc. Back to the leak. Over time the power steering pump would develop a groan when you turned the wheel. That was how I gauged the fluid level, actually.

Anyway, memories. Our Volvo elicts them. I switched its a/c off and on to try to pinpoint the noise it made, and, sure enough, doing so made the groan come and go. It's not really the worrying kind of noise, but it is peculiar given how quiet modern cars usually are.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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