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E-brake doesn't work...

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Re: E-brake doesn't work...

Post by Red-Arrow » Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:07 pm

What is the part no for the E-Brake shoes/pads?

I need mines replaced ASAP.
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Re: E-brake doesn't work...

Post by schmidm90 » Fri Jul 01, 2011 6:29 am

The OEM number for the V70XC AWD Parking Brake Pads is 30666345. You can order it here if you want (thats where I got mine).
http://www.fcpgroton.com/product-exec/p ... gory_id/54

For the regular V70 you need these part number 274267, 274270
http://www.fcpgroton.com/product-exec/p ... gory_id/54
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Re: E-brake doesn't work...

Post by schmidm90 » Mon Jul 11, 2011 8:32 pm

For all of you guys doing a parking brake job on a V70XC I have a quick tip. If you break the little clips that hold the cable in the rear you can replace them. I broke mine and when I picked up my new cables from Volvo I asked if they had them ($10 each!!!) I had some old flywheel keys laying around from my go-cart. I rounded off the flat edge and put them in with a hose clamp. This is much stronger than the original and I used stainless steel for the clamps so I wont have to worry about rust. Also one other tip, the reason my old cables were junk is because of the joint where the cable is held down by a screw. I used some electrical tape and wrapped it around the cable to prevent any possibility of future rust in my cables. If you have any questions please feel free to PM me!! Good Luck Everyone!
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Re: E-brake doesn't work...

Post by bcVolvoS70 » Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:34 pm

Lee, thank you for taking effort to put together this excellent article. I was able to replace my S70 parking brakes, rotors. Although it took a while, but it was a $1200 savings, I am pretty happy that I was able to do it. I also took an extra effort to bleed the brake system.

One thing that I struggle with during the repair was the rear caliber. In my case, the caliber was connected via a metal brake line. When you took the caliber off, did you ever worry that you might damage the metal brake line?

I ended up going a different direction by disassemble the caliber which was hold together by four screws.

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Re: E-brake doesn't work...

Post by LamboSE5 » Wed Feb 01, 2012 9:21 pm

The actuator, for lack of proper terminology (Shoe Expander I believe it's actually called), I want to inspect that when I try to fix my E-brake. Do I just "pop" / pry it out. I don't wanna wreck it.

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Re: E-brake doesn't work...

Post by PlayGod » Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:43 am

Thank you so much for this thread. I was able to successfully repair the e-brake by following your instructions. Here is some additional info which may help others:

The previous owner had replaced the cables, but they were slightly too long, even after tightening the adjuster bolt at the lever. I was hoping this would be all that was necessary, but I had to remove the discs, clean and inspect, reinstall discs and adjust the shoe adjuster star nuts to expand the shoes.

The cables were still too slack, so I solved this by installing tiny U-bolts from a small cable clamp between the cable nut and the puller, which effectively made the cables about 1mm shorter and made the difference in making the e-brake functional.

The rotors and inside drums should probably be turned, because there was a lip of rust which made removal impossible unless the star-nut adjusters were loosened (and they are --initially-- difficult to locate and turn if they are dirty). But I will wait until disc pad replacement time to get the rotors/drums turned.

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Re: E-brake doesn't work...

Post by JJSheehy » Mon Aug 12, 2013 6:50 am

I Drive a 2001 Volvo V70 2.4, Great car but the handbrake does not work enough to pass the Irish NCT. When I removed the two rear hubs I was supprised to see no adjustment "star wheel" or other on the system. Does anybody know how to adjust this handbrake brake. Photos of course would be great. The Cable & Break shoes/pads are in great condition. Regards & Thanks "JJ".

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Re: E-brake doesn't work...

Post by PlayGod » Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:39 am

Most likely you will need to find the cable adjustment and see if that does the trick. It is almost always located under the center console, and is likely to have an access point via a small panel inside the console storage bin.

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Re: E-brake doesn't work...

Post by abscate » Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:14 am

Nope - you adjust the star wheels first to get the shoes close to the drum without binding. A little bit of scraping and noise is ok - they need to be close to the drum to be effective.

Once you have done that, then try the handle and adjust the cable to get effective brakes. You probably wont have to touch those adjusters by the way.

It is not uncommon for the rear shoes on these cars to self-destruct and leave pieces of shoe and lining in the e-brake assembly either.

E-brake is called emergency brake, parking brake, or hand brake depending on where you reside.
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Re: E-brake doesn't work...

Post by pfmet » Sat Mar 15, 2014 7:39 am

Good Saturday morning all. In regard to cleaning up the ebake back plate, is it safe to drench the wheel sensor with brake cleaner? Spray everything liberally and wipe up the mess? Or should you cover or remove the sensor? I'm sick of dealing with rusted and frozen bolts, so I'd rather leave it in place, Should the sensor itself be cleaned with sensor safe cleaner, say maf cleaner? Thank for any replies and best of luck with your projects!

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