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December 2008 Newsletter for FWD Models

Page 6: Master Cylinders, Brake Switch, Brake Hardware Kits, Brake Fluid, Brake Bleeder Tool, Brake Caliper Tool, Brake Lube

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Sale pricing valid from Monday, December 29, 2008 through Monday, February 23, 2009

Brake Master Cylinder


The brake master cylinder in your car is the metallic part that the brake fluid reservoir sits on top of. When you press the brake pedal, pistons inside the master cylinder pressurize the brake fluid and applies your brakes. When the cylinder begins to wear internally, fluid can leak past the pistons reducing pressure. In most cases no fluid leaks will be visible. In some cases you may see signs that fluid has been leaking out the back of the cylinder. A soft or squishy feel at the brake pedal or the need to repeatedly pump the brakes could mean that the master cylinder is failing. In most cases a brake warning lamp on the dash will also illuminate to provide advance warning. When replacing a failing master cylinder, the brake system will need to be bled and this is an excellent time to perform a brake system fluid flush.

Brake master cylinder 1993-1995 - includes reservoir
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Brake master cylinder 1996-1998 - w/o tracs does not include reservoir
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Brake master cylinder 1996-1998 - with tracs does not include reservoir
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Brake master cylinder 1998-2000 - does not include reservoir
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Brake Switch


If youíve replaced all your brake light bulbs but still donít have brake lights, chances are youíve got a bad brake switch. There are two brake switches on the brake pedal of your 850/70. One switch has a vacuum line attached, this is for cruise control while the other switch (the larger of the two) is for powering the brake lights. The internal contacts tend to burn out over time and simply replacing the switch is typically all that is necessary to bring your brake lights back on. Of course donít forget to check the basics like fuses and bulbs! Youíll need a Torx 25 driver to remove the lower bolster cover to access the brake switch.

Brake switch 850/70 1994-98
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Brake Hardware Kits


Volvos have a history of front brake problems. Part of the weakness of these systems relates to the slider style calipers used on these cars. The rubber boots on these sliders will sometimes tear or degrade from heat and allow lubricated parts to be exposed to the elements. Once the grease washes out itís only a matter of time before the calipers begin to malfunction. Binding hardware, dragging brake pads and rotor warping are only some of the potential outcomes. These kits do not include parts for caliper pistons.

Front caliper pin kit 850,70 series 1993-2000 one kit does one caliper
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Brake Fluid


Most Volvo models use DOT 3 brake fluid as original equipment, however we prefer to use a DOT 4 fluid to get the best performance and longevity. Ate is the original supplier for many Volvo brake parts and their fluid is unsurpassed. If youíre thinking of replacing your brake lines or pads or just want to get better performance out of your stock brake system Ate TYP 200 DOT 4 is a great product to make bleeding your brakes worth your time. Donít replace your brake fluid with stock fluid if you have the opportunity to go to a performance brake fluid like Ate TYP 200 or Super Blue. Note: You will need 2 liters to do a complete fluid change on most models. Remember, brake fluid attracts water, so itís recommended by Volvo to flush the fluid every two years as preventative maintenance Ate Super Blue brake fluid is a great product for both the enthusiast driver and competitive club driver. One hundred percent synthetic fluid is specifically designed to resist the high temperatures of racing brakes and clutch systems. The elevated boiling point of Ate Super Blue brake fluid (593F) enables effective braking even under the extreme conditions of competition. The very high wet boiling point (420F) is superior to conventional brake fluids and provides a particularly efficient braking system in rain and high humidity environments..

Ate brake fluid (1ltr/qt.) performance replacemnet fluid
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Ate Super Blue brake fluid (1ltr/qt.) performance fluid for hi-temp applications
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Note: You will need 2 liters to do a complete fluid change on most models.

Brake Bleeding Power for Do-it-Yourselfers!


The Motive power bleeder system allows do-it-yourselfers to power bleed brake systems just like the pros, without the need of an assistant to pump the brakes. This is important for two reasons. First, it allows the fluid to be bled without the brake pedal going all the way to the floor, which allows the master cylinder piston to travel beyond the normal stroke and can lead to premature failure of the master cylinder. Second, many of todayís newer ABS systems are so intricate that they can only be bled with a power bleeder.

The Motive bleeder is designed for frequent use and has a rugged container and generous two quart fluid capacity, as well as a built-in hand pump and gauge for accurate pressurizing. The system works on the principle of pressurizing the master cylinder so that old brake fluid is forced out of the lines when the bleed screws are opened. The design keeps the master cylinder full of fluid during the process so all you have to do is open a bleed screw until fresh fluid is flowing and then proceed to the next bleeder.

This tool makes the task of bleeding brakes an almost effortless, foolproof operation. Gone is the frustration of trying to coordinate pumping the pedal, opening and closing the bleed valve, trying to keep the fluid in the master cylinder at the correct level, and keeping air out of the system.

1993-2007 except 2000-2004 S40 & V40 models
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2000-2004 S40 & V40 models
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Front Brake Caliper Tool


Replacing the front brake pads or rotors on 850 and later model cars require a 7mm hex tool. Most metric hex tool sets do not include this size, so we have sourced an economical solution.

3/8Ē drive 7mm hex socket 850, 70 series, S60, V70, S80
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Sil-Glyde Brake Lube


For preventative medicine or to stop stubborn squeals, simply apply a thin layer of Sil-Glyde Brake Lube to the backing plate of pads, to anti-squeal shims and, caliper slides. The 0.7oz. tube will treat several cars and each application should last 6 months to a year.

Brake lubricant
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Warning: Keep lubricant off pad friction material and rotor surfaces

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