FUEL!
  • FUEL!
  • Many tankards of this dark fluid is what keeps repair work going smoothly.
Strut brace mount
  • Strut brace mount
  • The upper engine mount attaches to the black bar that spans the strut towers. The balljoints that mount the strut brace to the towers wear out and contribute to excessive drivetrain lash.
Driver's side strut brace mount
  • Driver's side strut brace mount
  • Three bolts and it's out!
Yes...
  • Yes...
  • The extension is serious overkill.
Counter-hold the nut
  • Counter-hold the nut
  • Breaker bar makes it easy, but watch that the counterhold wrench doesn't do any damage to the nearby brake hydraulics.
Old Part vx. New Part
  • Old Part vx. New Part
  • Left and right mounts are different, so it makes this job hard to mess up.
Step 1. Loosen wheelbolts
  • Step 1. Loosen wheelbolts
  • Easiest to loosen the wheelbolts with the wheel still on the ground, then raise the car onto jackstands.
Loosen, don't remove
  • Loosen, don't remove
  • While the car's on the ground, it's helpful to loosen the upper strut nut, though with the air impact, you can do this at pretty much any time. Note the form that's only for pictures - you'd break your silly wrist if you actually tried to operate tools like this.
While you're at it...
  • While you're at it...
  • Loosen the nuts holding the upper strut mount to the tower. I marked around these with a sharpie before I removed them, but it doesn't really matter, as you will need an alignment afterward, anyway.
Retract Brake Pads
  • Retract Brake Pads
  • Opening the bleeder valve is the correct way to retract the pads. You can force them back without opening the bleeder, but you'll force crud back into the braking system, where you don't want it. Opening the bleeder makes it very easy to just push the pistons back and get the brake pads past the inevitable ridge on the rotor.
Remove Caliper Bolts
  • Remove Caliper Bolts
  • There's a travel limiter on the S60s that only allow the wheels to turn so far. The limiter shares mounting bolts with the brake calipers.
Remove Caliper
  • Remove Caliper
  • With the pads retracted and mounting bolts removed, the calipers come right off. Secure them out of the way without stressing the brake hoses (i.e. don't follow what we're doing in the picture). We used a creative arrangement of bungee cords to hold the calipers out of the way.
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