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Change the Handbrake Cable on a Volvo V70 AWD

Need To Change Your Handbrake Cable?

How to change the handbrake cable on a Volvo V70 AWD (note that other V70 may be different, that I am not an expert and that surely could not be held responsible for your actions, whatever that may mean. If you are in any doubt about your ability, pay your Volvo dealer to do it.)

Handbrake Cable
Spring

Procedure

1. Jack up the car at the rear and secure it with stands and secure the front wheels with blocks or bricks (you will have no brakes during the process, pretty obvious) 2.Remove the centre console. Under the armrest you will find a little cover at the bottom of the compartment. Once removed, unscrew the 2 screws (10). Undo the cover around the handbrake lever by pushing to the left. It should slide easily, then pull the leather off the lever. 3. Unplug the electric wiring. There should be 2 junctions. Lift up the console 4. Untighten the handbrake adjuster with a torx screwdrivers (see photo, 1) until the the axle can no longer move forward.

console - Change the Handbrake Cable on a Volvo V70 AWD
Loosen the handbrake adjuster with a torx screwdrivers

5. Remove one of the ring either on the left or right (see photo, 2) to undo the handbrake cables on both sides. With one undone you should be able to remove both cables anyway. Use a pair of pliers with pointy ends and once open wide enough just pull the ring towards you instead of sliding it. Otherwise the ring will stretch. 6. Detach both cables ends. 7. Remove the rear seats. Lift up the little plastic covers on each rear door to be able to lift up the floor carpet at the rear. 8. Remove the rear wheels. 9. Remove the little pin screwed in the rear disc with a spanner.

wheel removed - Change the Handbrake Cable on a Volvo V70 AWD
With 2 spanners (size 15 and 13) untighten the rear brake pads.

10. With 2 spanners (size 15 and 13) untighten the rear brake pads. 11. Remove the 2 bolts at the back of the caliper and remove the caliper, resting it on a bucket or attaching it (see photo, below).

disc - Change the Handbrake Cable on a Volvo V70 AWD

12. With a mallet, knock the back of the disc gently and remove disc. 13. Remove the big spring on the left (see photo, below). Beware not to drop the pads on the floor.

1spring - Change the Handbrake Cable on a Volvo V70 AWD

14. Remove the small spring (see photo below). For a couple of extra ££ or $, i would advise anyone to replace these spring with new ones. Because of the rust, one of mine snapped while trying to put it back on. I had to go to work by bicycle on a monday and i didn’t like it.

2spring - Change the Handbrake Cable on a Volvo V70 AWD
Remove the small spring

15. The cable should be slack enough and you should be able to undo the mecanism to undo the cable’s end by pushing the pin through (see photo, below).

pin - Change the Handbrake Cable on a Volvo V70 AWD

16. Pull the clip that hold the cable into place at the back of the hub. Once this clip remove you will be able to remove the cabling of the hub (see photo below).

clip removed - Change the Handbrake Cable on a Volvo V70 AWD

17. Unscrew the bolt that hold the cable onto the rear arm, i think it was an 8 (see photo, below).

arm - Change the Handbrake Cable on a Volvo V70 AWD

18. Loosen the two bolts (size 17) and drill out the clip( i didn’t bother replacing it) that holds the cable into place under the rear door (see photo, below)

bolts - Change the Handbrake Cable on a Volvo V70 AWD

19. Remove the 3 nuts holding the plastic cover. Pull the cover towards the front of the car removing it from the metal clip (see photo below). 20. Pull the handbrake cable from outside the rubber seal will come off easily from the car’s body. 21. To fit the new handbrake cable follow the same steps in reverse order… 22. Once the calipers are back on as well as the golden pins, you will have to adjust the adjuster in the rear hubs. I have read a lot about that it and it worked. Once the cable are fitted at both end, with a small screwdriver through one of the disc holes( see photo, below) I have turn the adjuster until the wheel is completely blocked. Then you move back 4 to 5 steps back. Then you do the other wheel exactly the same way. The handbrake lever should block the wheels between 3 and 5 clicks. If it was necessary you could always tighten the brake by using the star nut at the back of the lever.

star - Change the Handbrake Cable on a Volvo V70 AWD
If it was necessary you could always tighten the brake by using the star nut at the back of the lever

Hope this help. The difference, see for yourself. Hardly surprising, 90000 miles in the english weather.

By Johann

cable attachment - Change the Handbrake Cable on a Volvo V70 AWD
cable ends - Change the Handbrake Cable on a Volvo V70 AWD

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7 Comments

Ryan Wilson says:

Guys, I just did this repair but had tons of excess slack in the line. I tried adjustments and verified the proper parts were ordered and received with FCP. The car is now at my independent mechanic’s, he is also stumped. Are there any other recommendations for clearing slack in the line?

Thanks!

Ryan

Jeff Howard says:

Thanks! I couldn’t have done it without you.

Some minor things I did different:

Step 5 – I was able to get the cables off without removing the ring.
Step 10 – I skipped this step.
Step 12 – I had to beat the crap out of the front and back to get the disks off.
Step 16 – Clips broke. Bought new ones.
Step 17 – 10 mm
Step 18 – I also took out the bolt under the round cyclinder. This gave me enough room to cut the plastic clip that holds the cable. I put the new cable inside the cut plastic clip. Drilling out the pin seemed too difficult.
Step 19 – Photo is missing. What is being described is the plastic cover under the car (where the cable comes through the floor.

My cost was $68 x 2 for the cables and $5 for the metal clips (canadian $), plus tax.

Thanks so much.

Jeff

Thank you so much for your description.

I spent the day yesterday changing the cables on my ’96 850 10v and there where only some slight differences.
The pictures ensured that you always knew what to do next.
The most difficult part turned out to be getting the brakes in sync. The mechanism surely isn’t up to par with the rest of the car in terms of useability.

I very much appreciate your website!

Awesome site and information. Great pictures and they were a big help. I have been on many different sites for different vehicles and I have always found the best sites explain things from begining to end. It is more work but it is so helpful to get all of the information in on shot than have to look around for bits and pieces on various sites.

Thank you again.

Just completed both cables on my Dad’s 2000 V70XC (about 5 hours of work, but I did take the front seats out). Thank you for keeping these images online.

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