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.)
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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).
17. Unscrew the bolt that hold the cable onto the rear arm, i think it was an 8 (see photo, below).
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)
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.
Hope this help. The difference, see for yourself. Hardly surprising, 90000 miles in the english weather.
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