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Parking Brake Shoes Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Parking Brake Shoes Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$300

Talent:

***

Tools:

13mm wrench, flathead screwdriver, diagonal cutters, floor jack, jack stands, wheel chocks, safety glasses, lug wrench, torque wrench

Applicable Models:

Volvo V70 (1998-01)
Volvo V70 2.4T (2001)
Volvo V70 AWD (1998-99)
Volvo V70 GLT (1998-00)
Volvo V70 GLT SE (2000)
Volvo V70 R (1998)
Volvo V70 R AWD (1999-00)
Volvo V70 T5 (1998-01)
Volvo V70 X/C (2001)
Volvo V70 X/C AWD (1998-00)
Volvo V70 X/C AWD SE (2000)

Parts Required:

Parking brake shoes and hardware, brake cleaner, brake grease

Hot Tip:

Do one side at a time so you have an assembled side for reference

Performance Gain:

Proper parking brake function

Complementary Modification:

Flush brake fluid, replace brake rotors and pads

Volvo V70 models are equipped with a mechanical parking brake. This parking brake is used to hold the vehicle stationary when not in use. The parking brake is operated via a handle in the vehicle cabin, which pulls on attached cables that engage the parking brake shoes. It is a shoe and drum style brake.

The system is compact and integrated into the rear brake rotor system. The rear rotor hub flange acts as the drum and the brake shoes are mounted to the backing plate. You can adjust your parking brake with the wheels raised off the ground and the wheels removed. A quick check of the parking brake is to pull up the parking brake lever and listen to the number of clicks it makes until stopping. If your parking brake lever makes 10 clicks or more, it needs to be adjusted. Keep in mind, the parking brake is not strong enough to brake the vehicle when driven or when being moved by the engine.

Parking brake shoes can fail. The linings can fall off and create a grinding noise. The hole where the retaining clips mount can also rust and fail. When this happens, the retaining clips pull through and the parking brake shoes can come in contact with the brake rotor when driving. If this happens, you will need to replace the backing plate, brake shoes, hardware and rotor.

Remember that your car may have been serviced before and had parts replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve, as they grow older. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

Loosen the wheels studs while the vehicle is on the ground, but do not remove them. Lift and support the rear of the vehicle. See our tech article on jacking your vehicle. Remove the rear wheels.

The system is compact and integrated into the rear brake rotor (red arrow) system.
Figure 1

The system is compact and integrated into the rear brake rotor (red arrow) system. The rear rotor hub flange acts as the drum. The brake shoes are mounted to the backing plate.

Jack the rear of your vehicle and remove the wheels.
Figure 2

Jack the rear of your vehicle and remove the wheels. Using a flathead screwdriver working through the adjuster access hole (red arrow), lever down (screwdriver handle will go upward) to loosen the adjuster and back it off the brake drum. Remove the 10mm or 11mm brake rotor mounting pin.

Remove the brake rotor.
Figure 3

Remove the brake rotor. See our tech article on brake rotor replacing for more information.

Clean all the brake dust and dirt from the parking brake system using a brake cleaner.
Figure 4

Clean all the brake dust and dirt from the parking brake system using a brake cleaner. Be sure to catch the waste in a drain pan and properly dispose of it. Protect your eyes and wear a face-mask.

Next, unhook the lower return spring from the parking brake shoes (red arrow).
Figure 5

Next, unhook the lower return spring from the parking brake shoes (red arrow). I like to use an old pair of diagonal cutters with worn out cutting jaws. Grab the spring and then lever the pliers against the wheel hub flange to remove the spring (inset) from the brake shoe.

Remove the front parking brake shoe from the vehicle.
Figure 6

Remove the front parking brake shoe from the vehicle. I like to fold the front shoe toward the rear of the vehicle until spring tension (red arrow) is released. Then unhook the spring from the rear shoe (green arrow).

Then remove the parking brake shoe together with the spring (red arrow), sliding it out of the mount (green arrow).
Figure 7

Then remove the parking brake shoe together with the spring (red arrow), sliding it out of the mount (green arrow). Inspect the mount. If damaged, replace with a new one.

Remove and inspect the shoe adjuster.
Figure 8

Remove and inspect the shoe adjuster. Check that it moves freely and is not damaged.

Then remove the rear parking brake shoe (red arrow).
Figure 9

Then remove the rear parking brake shoe (red arrow).

Check that the parking brake shoe mounts (green arrow) are in good shape.
Figure 10

Check that the parking brake shoe mounts (green arrow) are in good shape. If they are damaged or rusty, replace them with new ones. Remove the 13mm fastener (red arrow). Then remove the mount upward out of the tab (inset) and replace it.

Clean the backing plate and lightly grease the brake shoe to backing plate contact points (red arrows).
Figure 11

Clean the backing plate and lightly grease the brake shoe to backing plate contact points (red arrows). Install the new parking brake shoes in the reverse order of removal. Install the brake rotor and brake caliper. Adjust the parking brake once the wheels are installed and tightened. See our tech article on parking brake adjusting.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Bri Comments: replaced e brakeshoes and hardware on a 1998 Volvo now the rear tires will turn clockwise but not counteeef
October 1, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the brakes are over-adjusted. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Mal900 Comments: The wheel locating pin must be removed before the rotor [disc] is removed. Seems obvious but can be missed.
March 21, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for catching that. It should be noted for sure. I will have the article updated. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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