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How to Adjust Parking Brake 00-07 Volvo V70

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  1. step : Adjusting the Parking Brake (0:34)
    • Pry up the trim from the bottom of the parking brake with a trim tool
    • Turn the adjustment nut with a 10mm socket and ratchet
    • Turn the car on
    • Pull up the e-brake
    • Place the car in reverse
    • Release the brake and test if the car moves
    • If the car moves, re-adjust the parking brake

Hi! I'm Mike from 1A Auto. We've been selling auto parts for over 30 years.

Hi, everyone. Sue here from 1A Auto, and today I'm going to show you how to make a quick parking brake adjustment on your '03 Volvo V70. You only need two tools, a 10 millimeter socket and a body trim tool. We'll go right into it. The location of the parking brake lever is right here next to the driver's seat. The trim piece has to come off so you just take your trim tool and lift it up. Lift up from the bottom and poke it out of the tabs.

Once you get that, you can pull that up and expose the adjustment bolt. I'm going to bring it back to the lowest position. You can see these metal tabs--those hold that adjustment nut in place. With a 10 millimeter socket you can de-adjust it by turning it counterclockwise or adjust it. So if your E-brake shoes are just a little worn or the cables are stretched and you don't want to replace them, you don't need to. This is how you would adjust that E-brake -- grab firmly and make sure the car does not roll once it's applied.

By rule of thumb, I like to use just a three to four clicks. That's four clicks right there and that was a firm grab. You should be all set. You can check it by putting it in neutral. This is how I would check the E-brake adjustment. Start your car. Apply your foot brake. Pull up the E-brake. Put the car in reverse. Release the brake. And I'm moving, so therefore I know I need to make more of an adjustment.

Apply the E-brake. Take my foot off the brake. I'm not moving. A little gas and it stops itself. Try drive. Release it. Tighten it up a little bit more. Apply it. Drive. That's a little gas. Perfect. Too tight and you'll wear the shoes out and you'll have a brake drag. So now you just simply apply your trim piece again. Make sure that tab is in the flat spot on both sides to hold that. Line up your tabs. Push it down and you're ready to go.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

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