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98 V70 brake front and rear brake calipers

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98 V70 brake front and rear brake calipers

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Is there any rebuilt caliper brand that is the best value? I know that the cheapest (and probably the best) way to handle "fixing up" old calipers is to replace the seals, etc. but I'm looking for the quick solution since I cant have the car out of service for very long.... off with the old and on with the new in an afternoon .... Rebuild calipers is what I would like to do unless it will cost a fortune or I would end up junky parts.

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Re: 98 V70 brake front and rear brake calipers

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I have used Cardone several times on my Volvos and only had one problem one that was replaced under warranty. Most that I have had have Volvo cores. I had another brand also but can't remember the name. I used them as they were the only ones with calipers for the rear of my 2000 V70R (one year vented rear rotors only on 'R' models).

I am about to replace the rears on my 2000 V70 base and they will most likely be Cardone. My reason for this is that as you have to pay a core charge, it is cheaper for me to buy locally so I can return the cores without a crap load of shipping costs. Also issues are easier to deal with.

The only concession I make is fitting Volvo bleed screws as the replacements are usually of a poor quality.

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Re: 98 V70 brake front and rear brake calipers

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my last cardone ones had some sort of clear coat on the pistons that peeled off- after that I just rebuilt ones I had
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The reason I have not re-built my calipers in the past is they are usually so rusty it is not worth it. If you can re-build them and can find goon new pistons and seals then go for it.

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Re: 98 V70 brake front and rear brake calipers

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Before you start the job be sure to have a really good 11mm flare nut wrench on hand (ask me how i know it is important).
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Abscate few pearls of wisdom. Crack the bleeders and the hose flare nut while the calipers are still attached, not after removal.
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Re: 98 V70 brake front and rear brake calipers

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Not sure about rebuilds.. but used OEM ones that don't look too rusty from a scrap yard it's a smart move. Even Ebay should be affordable. There are plenty of owners who had parts replaced by the main dealer before their car went to scrap. I just pulled two new OEM end links :)

Plus as above, the flexibles are to be undone with the caliper on the car 8)
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oragex wrote:Not sure about rebuilds.. but used OEM ones that don't look too rusty from a scrap yard it's a smart move. Even Ebay should be affordable. There are plenty of owners who had parts replaced by the main dealer before their car went to scrap. I just pulled two new OEM end links :)

Plus as above, the flexibles are to be undone with the caliper on the car 8)
The junkyard something I hadn't thought about. Good idea, although I'd rather take the old ones off and put the new serviceable part on without spending a half day picking through the junkyard and another half day or more rebuilding what I find. I spend way too much time on this car and I don't have a lot of free time.
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abscate wrote:Abscate few pearls of wisdom. Crack the bleeders and the hose flare nut while the calipers are still attached, not after removal.
You, sir, are very wise. I replaced the front hoses a few years ago and they didn't come off easy.
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Clemens wrote:Before you start the job be sure to have a really good 11mm flare nut wrench on hand (ask me how i know it is important).

I bought a set of Craftsman flare nut wrenches a few years ago. They are NICE. Here's why I bought them. I tried to remove the front hoses with a much cheaper tool that I bought at an auto parts store years before and I half rounded off the nut on both sides, so I took a break, bought the better wrenches (expensive as I recall) and I was back in business. For some reason I still have the crummy wrenches. They need to be tossed because they are worthless except for scrap value, maybe.
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