Volvo Coupes/Sedans/Wagons 1970-1989 Repair Guide

Brake Caliper

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2 and 3

  1. Loosen the lug nuts a few turns. Block the reservoir cap vent to reduce fluid loss.
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  3. Place blocks in front of the front wheels. Raise the rear of the car and place jackstands beneath the rear axle. Release the parking brake and remove the wheel(s).
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  5. Some vehicles have a protective cover over the caliper. It is easily removed by loosening its mounting bolt. Disconnect the brake line at the joint near the shock absorber or inner fender well (not at the caliper). Plug the line.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Remove the pads, then unbolt and remove the caliper from its carrier



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Fig. Fig. 2: Cutaway view of the Girling rear caliper



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Fig. Fig. 3: Cutaway view of the ATE rear caliper

  1. Remove the brake pads. Remove the two caliper attaching bolts and lift the caliper off the retainer. The brake hose may now be removed from the caliper.
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To install:
  1. First check the mating surfaces of the caliper and its retainer to make sure that they are clean and not damaged. Coat the threads of the attaching bolts with locking compound. Attach the brake hose to the caliper and position the caliper to its retainer. Install two new attaching bolts. Tighten the bolts to 42 ft. lbs. (57 Nm). Make sure that the caliper is parallel to the disc, and that the disc can rotate freely in the brake pads. If the protective cover was removed, replace it.
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  3. Connect the brake hose to the system. Unplug the reservoir cap hole.
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  5. Install the wheel. Remove the jackstands and lower the car. Tighten the lug nuts on all models except 700 series to 80-90 ft. lbs. (108-122 Nm). For 700 series, tighten them to 63 ft. lbs. (85 Nm).
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  7. Bleed the rear brake caliper as outlined in this section.
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Once the calipers have been removed, they may be overhauled following the procedures given earlier in this section.

 
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