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> Changing Brake Fluid, I would like to change the brake fluid.
yuri_yermilov
post Sep 29 2008, 11:37 PM
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I've read in the service manual this "Brake fluid should be changed at owner request every second year or 30,000 miles (48,000 km)." Refered to VADIS and got a little confused as I don't wanna screw things I'd better ask you guys to get some confidence. Does anyone done it before?
If some one knows the proper way on changing the brake fluid please give detailed procedure. And should I buy the only Volvo Dot 4 brake fluid at the dealer?
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post Sep 30 2008, 09:29 PM
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Just Google "bleeding brakes" and you will see a ton of info on how to do it. Here is one article that looks good: http://www.popularmechanics.com/automotive...to/4213448.html

And FWIW, I don't think you have to use the "Volvo brand" fluid. I used Prestone DOT 4 that I picked up at Wal-mart at a good price.

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post Jan 28 2009, 12:27 AM
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Eventually I've changed the brake fluid on my S80. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/clap.gif)
Got the brake fluid at Volvo Kline in Minnesota for 22 USD and with help of my dad we did it. One can of 27 fl.oz / 800ml is enough to flush the old fluid. Even a little left.

Just look at the old fluid in the water bottle how black it is compared to fresh one.
It wasn't changed probably since the car was bought new!!!
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post Apr 28 2009, 12:20 PM
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what is the purpose of wrench there?
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QUOTE (neworleand @ Apr 28 2009, 01:20 PM)
what is the purpose of wrench there?

The wrench is used to open the nut and release the old brake fluid from the line. The clear tube will let you see when you have fresh new brake fluid in the line.
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post Apr 30 2009, 07:30 AM
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Well first off you start off by buying the necessary equipment. You either need 2 people or, what i used, motive's power bleeder which can be bought in numerous places, but for the sake of keeping it volvo, here

http://www.ipdusa.com/Volvo-S80-1999-2006/...r/p-76-733-434/

With two people sure you have more confidence but it's a one person job with this bleeder. Then you need another tube to use when bleeding the brakes from the caliper valves, running down to a bottle. The site i linked you to has a motive catch bottle with the tube already if you want to spend the money for that. You could just go to the store get a tube and just use a larger water bottle.

I decided to get the universal tip for the power bleeder which turned out to be a hassle working on our cars, first off the tip wasn't finished correctly, the way it was designed didn't tighten onto the master cylinder what so ever. Had to drill holes on the side, yada yada. Kept loosing pressure on the bleeder, but i got the job done.

What i recommend is buying the volvo spec tip so none of this is a concern.

After that just fasten it on, pour the new brake fluid into the bleeder (get more than the system needs because you need extra to first push the fluid through). Don't set the psi too high on the bleeder (this is all in the power bleeders instructions), and start opening the valves and get to work. Obviously youll have to check the psi on the bottle to see if it didnt drop once in a while, but im sure you'll do it much less then i had to.
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post Apr 30 2009, 07:32 AM
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Haha, after posting that long explanation i realized you were just showing what you did... Good one on my part.

I'll just leave it for reference if anyone ever needs that info.
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