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Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000 09:15:04 GMT
From: Tim Smith <>
Subject: Re: Front Brakes on 900 Turbo

In article <8bst8b$lsd$>, wrote: > I have to replace most of the front brakes on my brother's 1987 900 > Turbo 8V due to the handbrake mechanisms being worn in the calipers. > > We've bought new calipers, disks and pads and I have the Haynes manual. > > I'm reasonably capable of this type of work, but this is the first time > I've had to work on this type of brake mechanism (I'm a Volvo owner). > > So my question to the good people of this newsgroup is: > > Is the Haynes reasonably accurate or are there and gotcha's I should > be aware of before I get into trouble? I can't vouch for the quality of the haynes manual, having splashed out on a copy of the original SAAB manual for the 99. Very thorough, that. In general changing the front calipers is a straightforward job. However when adjusting the hand brake cable make sure that (a) it is not seized (not even slightly) and (b) that you allow for enough slack. This will make sure that changing the calipers will not become part of the service schedule. If the hand brake is too tight (I think you should be able to pull up the lever for 8-9 stops, but I would have to check my manual) there will be continous pressure on the actuating mechanism. This will kill the caliper eventually. Hope this helps, Tim (Currently Saab-less) Sent via Before you buy.

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