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Rear Drive Axle R&R for early AWD’s

Let’s talk Rear Drive Axle R&R

This is a write-up from holler1 w/ picture on how to remove and replace a rear drive axle in an early 850 or 70 series AWD. Nice job! I think this is a first of this write-up I’ve seen anywhere on the web.

“The nuts weren’t a problem. I was able to get the nuts loose on the top and bottom suspension arms. The bottom link has a bolt all the way through it, but I couldn’t get the bolt to move. Also on the bottom I was a little worried about releasing the spring. Will try putting a jack under it tomorrow. On the top A link which has to move toward the front of the car to come out of the hub, I was able to move the fitting a little out of the top of the hub, but the bottom link is too stiff to allow the top of the hub to move very much. There has to be a “right” way to do this but I can’t find any examples, so I’m just trying things at this point to see what will work.”

Rear Drive Axle R&R for early AWD’s
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Bonus! More on the Volvo 850

Volvo unveiled an entirely new model series in June 1991, the Volvo 850 GLT. The Volvo 850 GLT was launched under the banner of “A dynamic car with four world-beating breakthroughs”.

The four new features were: transverse 5-cylinder engine driving the front wheels, Delta-link rear axle which combined the dynamics and ride comfort of independent suspension with the security of a live rear axle, the SIPS integrated side-impact protection system, and the self-adjusting front seat belt mechanism.

The exterior design of the 850 bore a strong Volvo identity, and its 740 and 940 heritage was immediately apparent.

Volvo 850 GLT received a tumultuous welcome; seldom has a new car reaped so many awards as the 850.

Over the intervening years, the 850 series has been expanded with additional variants, among them turbocharged petrol versions and a direct-injection turbo-diesel.

The Volvo 850 was also the first car in the world to offer side-impact airbags, which were introduced in autumn 1994.

In model year 1997, the S70 replaced the 850 Sedan car.

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