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2004 Volvo XC90 Transmission Issues

When accelerating from a stopped position, there is a chattering/vibration sensation until the engine shifts into 3rd gear. Also, when I decelerate & the engine shifts down & then accelerate again, the same thing happens.

What could this be?

Thank you.

Is the transmission fluid level correct? Read the owner’s manual if you’re not sure how to check it.


Not sure, but I just posted that our 2005 XC90 has had 2 new transmissions and we’re only at 25K miles. I’m not even sure our new transmission (150 miles old) is up to par…seems to me like Volvo has some quality issues!

That sounds like a one way clutch (Sprag) which is letting go. I would let a trans shop check it to be sure. If it is the low roller giving out, the trans will have to be removed and overhauled to repair it.