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Slipping handbrake

Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2005 8:16 pm
by xrs
Every few months my hand brake needs re-adjusting as it keeps slipping.
Is this a common fault on older models and does anyone know if there is a permenant solution that will sort it out once and for all? (ie:new parts or modifications to the adjustment mechanism)
Any info much appreciated,

Posted: Mon Jan 10, 2005 8:28 pm
by rpruen
I thought that was just normal for the 480?

Maybe it could be fixed with new rear calipers, but I'm not sure about that.


Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2005 10:01 am
by mogge

As Richard said, its probably the calipers (rust)

(where do you adjust? On the cable or on the calipper?)

But before you change them, check the cables. When operating the handbrake the levers on the calippers must retract fully or you will loose some of the self adjustment.


Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2005 6:10 pm
by chris1roll
seems to be a common fault, although mine is fine and its just about to turn 16.

Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2005 6:10 pm
by xrs
Thanks for the info re rusty calipers , your probably right as nothing has ever been replaced since '87 on the braking mechanism.I'll inspect the whole lot more carefully this time round.
Any of you guys know the cost/part numbers of a replacement caliper and cable set and if they are still availible and from whom?or is it just another trip to the volvo dealership?


Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2005 7:39 pm
by Murf
replacement caliper and cable set
there are 3 parts to the handbrake cable, a front section and two rear section. rear sections are about £35 each and the front section is about £25. its prob just the rear sections you need.
calipers? dont even ask the price for new ones!! you can get exchange reconditioned calipers from volvo but even they wont be cheap. i asked about exchange reconditioned caliper backplates once andthey were over £80 each :shock: :(

PS, i found out these prices the hard way by having to replace all my stuff as well!!

Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2005 7:53 pm
by chris1roll
exchange caliper from volvo was £130, that was before i built up my multitude of spares.

Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2005 10:01 pm
by xrs
Thanks for that,it gives me a ball park figure to start saving for,meanwhile i'll try and avoid nasty hill starts!!!

Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2005 10:21 pm
by chris1roll
Where abouts are you mate? might have one you can have for a small sum.

hand brake adjuster

Posted: Sun Jan 16, 2005 10:47 am
by felyx
Hi the hand brake pad adjuster is behind an allun key cap which is 7mm size and then inside that there is a 5mm sunken adjuster wind it all the way out to release the caliper piston , or wind it in with the handbrake lever off (in the car) and keep spinning the disc until it bites , then back it off a little and thats it, this is much more effective than tighten the 13 mm adjuster under the belly of the car as the max movement on the the caliper lever can be reached and the caliper will still do nothing as the the caliper has not been wound in, just solved my knackered brakes this way so the back of the car is'nt chasing the front under heavy braking.

cheers Felyx.

wishbone bushes next weekend oh joy, also handbrake cables are £24 plus vat from gsf