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MVS Forum Member gtg737m asks:
I have a 1994 850 Turbo wagon and I need to replace the rotors. Does anyone know of a website where I can find pictures and an explanation on how to replace the front and rear rotors? Is this a simple job for someone who has never done this? I appreciate a lot any help that I can get to do this. Thanks.
Long time MVS Forum Member pfeener says:
Yes, this is one of the best DIY jobs. I’m sure there’s pics of it out there someplace, but you don’t see it so much because it’s pretty basic. If you look through this repair section and the repair section on volvospeed.com, you’ll get a good idea of how it’s done. I suggest using Brembo rotors from FCPgroton. Good basis rotors for about $50 ea. I also like the genuine Volvo pads. Dusty little devils, but quiet.
Here’s the steps: (I’m assuming you’re going to change the pads as well)
- remove tire
- remove the spring clip on the caliper
- remove the caliper (7MM hex socket required; remove the caps & the 7MM hex bolts that hold the caliper)
- wire the caliper up to the strut spring to keep it out of the way
- remove the strut mounting bracket
- remove the locating pin/bolt holding the rotor
- remove the rotor (you may have to spray the center with PB Blaster and give it a few love taps)
- clean the new rotor throughly with brake cleaner
- install the new rotor
- remove the old pads
- loosen the brake bleeder and compress the caliper piston (it’s important to use the brake bleeder so you don’t force the old fluid back through the ABS unit)
- coat the back of the pads with brake grease (special grease – not regular grease)
- reinstall the mounting bracket, pads, caliper and spring clip
- flush the old brake fluid with new dot 4+