Volvo Coupes/Sedans/Wagons 1970-1989 Repair Guide




700 Series With Multi-link Suspension

See Figure 1

  1. Loosen the lug nuts for the appropriate wheel. Loosen the large halfshaft retaining nut in the center of the wheel bearing housing.
  3. Block the front wheels and safely elevate and support the rear of the car.
  5. Remove the wheel and remove the halfshaft retaining nut.
  7. At the center of the car, remove the eight bolts holding the upper and lower sections of the final drive housing.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Unbolt the halfshaft from the final drive unit (differential) and remove the shaft from the wheelbearing housing

  1. Remove the bolts holding the halfshaft to the final drive unit (differential) and remove the shaft from the wheelbearing housing.
  3. When the shaft is removed, inspect the rubber boots for any sign of splitting or cracking. The boots must be intact and waterproof or the joint within is at risk. A light coat of silicone or vinyl protectant applied to a CV boot will extend its life.
  5. When reinstalling, fit the threaded end (at the wheel) first, then position and secure the inboard end. Always use new, lightly oiled bolts and tighten them to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
  7. Reinstall the lower section of the final drive housing. Before tightening the eight mounting bolts, install two long 12mm bolts (or two 12mm drifts) in the centering holes and align the panel. This is essential to insure correct wheel alignment when finished.
  9. Tighten the eight mounting bolts to 52 ft. lbs. (71 Nm) PLUS 30° of rotation.
  11. Use a new, lightly oiled halfshaft retaining nut and install it on the threaded end of the shaft. Tighten it until it is snug but do not attempt to apply final tightening.
  13. Install the wheel, tightening the lugs to 60-62 ft. lbs. (81-84 Nm). Lower the car to the ground.
  15. Apply the hand brake and tighten the halfshaft nut to 103 ft. lbs. (140 Nm) PLUS 60° of rotation. Double check the wheel lugs for correct tightness.