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Hey everybody.<p>I am planning on installing new brake rotors and pads this weekend. Any advice? While doing a quick jaunt on this site, I noticed someone mention that using a clamp to open the widen the caliper enough to get the new pad in could be a really bad idea. Is this true? Because that was my plan... <p>Also, will I have to rebleed the system? I have never done this before, but, in theory, in seems like it is within my wrenching ability. Most of my work has been on motorcycles, which are WAY easier to deal with.
 

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Re: 242 Brake Job (psulick3)

Welcome to Swedespeed, Peter.<p>You are planning a very busy weekend - is the stereo or brake work first?<p>More questions:<p>Do you have back-up transportation?<p>Adequate and safe jacks and stands?<p>The correct replacement parts? (solid or vented rotors?)<p>New front wheel bearings/seals, etc. just in case.<p>Does the brake system have other problems other than pads and rotors?<p>Do you have a power brake bleeder?<p>To get the new pads in without forcing open the calipers open the bleeder screw slightly (be sure the master cylinder reservoir is not too low or too full). Best to slide rubber hose over the bleeder screw and catch the old fluid. Keep in mind that you will need to remove the calipers to install the new rotors. If have a firm brake pedal before the brake work and you do not introduce air into the system you MAY not need to bleed.<p><A HREF="http://cleanflametrap.com/calipers" TARGET="_blank">http://cleanflametrap.com/calipers</A>/<p>George Dill<p>
 

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Re: 242 Brake Job (gdill2)

Thanks for the tips. I have all the adequate stands and floor jacks to get the job done and the 240 isn't a daily driver, so it's no big deal if its laid up for a few days. I got it cheap to learn how to do this stuff.<p>One of the real issues I am having is figuring out if my system is Girling or ATE. I have no idea what the difference is or how to figure out which one I have. Is it solid vs. vented rotors?
 

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Re: 242 Brake Job (psulick3)

After you click around on this...<p><A HREF="http://www.ipdusa.com/Volvo-200/Brakes/c-1-69-255" TARGET="_blank">http://www.ipdusa.com/Volvo-200/Brakes/c-1-69-255</A>/<p>...take a look at the brakes on the car as they may have been upgraded to vented rotors, etc.<p>George Dill
 

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Re: 242 Brake Job (psulick3)

You can easily spot the difference between Girling and ATE brake calipers by the pad retaining clips. On the Girling, there is one spring clip for each pad. On the ATE there is one clip for two pads.<p>Also the caliper pins are different. On the Girling, there is a hole near the end of each pin into which a spring clip, like a cotter pin, is inserted to hold it in place. On the ATE the caliper pins are held by friction and are hammered into, and out of, the holes using a pin punch.<p>My '86 has vented discs up front and solid behind. The best way to tell is to have a look. When I ordered discs from Volvo they sent me solid ones for the front and I had to return them. Sorry I don't know what your 242 has.<br>
 
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