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E-brake doesn't work...

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

Post by TAFinley » Sun Apr 19, 2015 10:36 am

I just replaced mine following Ozark Lee's superb writeup. The job went just as described by Ozark, including that part where I stretched the lower spring in with a screwdriver to just barely hook it then had tap it in with a hammer.

The problem with mine was that one of those metal retainer clips on the side had popped out of its tab on the bottom. The tab had bent outwards over time and the clip popped out. The metal side of the brake shoe was then rubbing metal-on-metal against the inside of the rotor. So, I used a small drift and a hammer to tap the little tabs back in once I installed the retainer clips. I suggest that you check these little tabs as well.

Ozark, thanks for the fantastic write-up.
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Post by abscate » Mon May 04, 2015 3:32 am

For reference the later model cars no longer have the star wheel for adjusting at the wheel, just the cable adjusts in the cabin. I thought this was a P2 change, but maybe late P80?
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Re: E-brake doesn't work...

Post by mika » Mon May 04, 2015 10:53 am

abscate wrote:For reference the later model cars no longer have the star wheel for adjusting at the wheel, just the cable adjusts in the cabin. I thought this was a P2 change, but maybe late P80?
looked on my 850 97' and 98 ' v70 and negative, no star nut for adjusting e brake. Everyone is always talking about the adjuster and I am sitting here just being like :roll:
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Post by Thunderbox » Sat May 30, 2015 7:48 pm

Just did this job on my 98 V70. It has the star adjuster wheel. I followed Ozark Lee's write up and had no problems. I did have to dig out bits of the old shoe material which had broken up and found there way down into the area between the back plate and the wheel bearing.

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

Post by polskamafia mjl » Mon Jul 13, 2015 12:54 pm

Does anyone have experience with the Pro Parts Sweden (possibly ScanTech with a new name?) hardware FCP sells? I installed new e-brake shoes and replaced the other hardware included in this kit: https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo- ... 70-s70-v70 .

With the e brake released and the star adjuster adjusted correctly I can't slip the rotor over the new brake shoes. The new parking brake shoes are actually larger (longer along the circumference of the shoe) than the old ones I took off.

Is this just a problem with product quality? Are local part store options a good idea for new shoes or do I need to go the dealer route for these?
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Re: E-brake doesn't work...

Post by abscate » Mon Jul 13, 2015 1:02 pm

There are two sizes of park brake shoe and it sounds like you have the wrong one.

Same thing happened to me on my 1999
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Post by polskamafia mjl » Mon Jul 13, 2015 1:13 pm

Interesting. I just called NAPA and ordered a set. They should be in later this afternoon so I'll give those a try. What determines which size I need?
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Re: E-brake doesn't work...

Post by abscate » Mon Jul 13, 2015 5:43 pm

I think there are two different sizes of back brakes...standard and maybe AWD?

In addition, the R and T 5 models might get the bigger brakes?
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Re: E-brake doesn't work...

Post by polskamafia mjl » Mon Jul 13, 2015 8:35 pm

We'll see tomorrow if the NAPA pads fit. On the driver's side I noticed the parking brake expander is stuck 'open.' Releasing the parking brake doesn't do anything so it looks like the cable has snapped on that side. My question is how do I compress the expander so I can fit the rotor over the parking brake shoes?
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Re: E-brake doesn't work...

Post by abscate » Tue Jul 14, 2015 2:17 am

Is the lever stuck in the expanded position ? Just pry it back. You can take the whole thing off if you are waiting for parts. Everything needs to be removed, wire brushed, and greased to complete an installation.

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