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Volvo XC90 Front Brake Job

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Volvo XC90 Front Brake Job

Postby stone36 » 06 Mar 2010, 23:31

Hey all,
forgive me forum for nothing has broken lately, it has been 4 months since my last post...

So I am going to replace the pads/rotors on my XC90, I am pretty excited that they are original and I have 56K on the car. With that success rate I am REALLY leaning towards full OEM this go around, I usually buy form FCP and IPD and found something interesting, FCP seems to sell OEM pads and aftermarket rotors, and IPD sells OEM rotos and aftermarket pads.

So I am wondering what you all think and if the aftermarket on each of those sites are actually made by the OEM supplier, is this Volvo's way of controlling inventory, only offering parts for a job to be sourced from multiple stores :roll:

Also does anyont have experience with the MOTIVE brake bleeder, and which brake fluid do you recommend.
Thanks all

BTW, for those of you who are going to read this because you are going to do this job and don't know if you have 316MM or 336MM, you can read the part number on the rotor if it lined up right without removing the wheel. It is stamped on the outside of the rotor (if the rotor was a top hat and and laying flat it would be written around the had not on the "brim" if that makes sense"). 30657301=336mm and 30736406=316mm. Mine happen to be 336, yeah those cost more.. :x
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Re: Volvo XC90 Front Brake Job

Postby stone36 » 18 Mar 2010, 03:19

So I got all my supplies and will do the job next week. Does anyone have the PDF procedure for front brakes. It looks pretty straight forward, I pulled the wheels of last week and nothing looked new, but I have learned that you never know until you do it...

I am planning on taking photos as I go and posting as usual, but if anyone has the VADIS so I can read beforehand that would be great!
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Re: Volvo XC90 Front Brake Job

Postby JDS60R » 18 Mar 2010, 03:34

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Re: Volvo XC90 Front Brake Job

Postby stone36 » 18 Mar 2010, 04:11

Thanks!
looks about like what I thought, but its always good to know in advance :)
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Re: Volvo XC90 Front Brake Job

Postby stone36 » 28 Mar 2010, 16:51

So I did my front bakes yesterday, attached is my write up on the process. If anyone has questions let me know, I am happy to revise if this doesn't make sense.

I also used the Motive pressure bleeder system to flush the break fluid. It was easy as can be and should be a must have if you own more than one Volvo since it looks like they all share the same sized reservoir cap.

When bleeding I HIGHLY recommend alternating fluid colors, it think I wasted fluid because I was replacing the standard off yellow with off yellow. It's much more of a gradual change (it comes out pretty slow to the back tires) than I figure going to red or blue would be. Other than that it worked great.

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Re: Volvo XC90 Front Brake Job

Postby nylanm » 06 Apr 2010, 02:42

so where should I go for pads and rotors. I have an 2004 T6.
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Re: Volvo XC90 Front Brake Job

Postby stone36 » 06 Apr 2010, 15:10

There are ads on the top of this page for a bunch of suppliers, I have only used FCP and IPD personally. If you have the big rotors (336mm) and want to go 100% OEM, you can get the pads from FCP and the Rotors from IPD. I went with both from FCP, which was aftermarket rotors and OEM pads. Good luck.
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Re: Volvo XC90 Front Brake Job

Postby matthew1 » 06 Apr 2010, 18:49

Wonderful writeup, thanks Stone. Pinned in the Repair Database.
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Re: Volvo XC90 Front Brake Job

Postby darinb » 20 Apr 2010, 14:49

I used nordic/Pilenga discs (mine are 336mm) from FCP Groton and Wagner Thermo Quiet's from Advance. I coated the back of the pads with the crc disc brake quiet that comes in the little plastic bottle. After a fow thousand miles they are doing great. No noise and good stopping power.
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Re: Volvo XC90 Front Brake Job

Postby EbnOzn » 27 Apr 2010, 13:03

Stone:

How do you like the aftermarket rotors from FCP Groton? Good quality? Zinc coated (or coated somehow) to prevent rust? Just trying to avoid cheap flimsy knockoffs that will warp. FCP Groton usually has high quality aftermarkets, just wondered what you thought of them.

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Re: Volvo XC90 Front Brake Job

Postby stone36 » 27 Apr 2010, 16:38

Not sure about the coating (though FCP has a poster on this site and they may respond). As far as quality, ???, they looked almost identical to stock which is very basic. I wanted to stay stock for 2 reasons, one, the first set lasted 55K, second was noise. I figured pads had more to do with squeal than rotors so I went OEM pads. I have only put about 500 miles on them so far so it is hard to rate quality and longevity, but I am happy so far and NO NOISE to speak of.
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Re: Volvo XC90 Front Brake Job

Postby MixEngineer » 30 Nov 2010, 22:31

So, I'm getting ready to do my first rotor/pad replacement on the front end of my 04 xc90 2.5T AWD. Other than checking whether I have the 316mm or the 336mm rotors, properly torquing all bolts, etc., is there anything I need to be aware of? Let's see, I'll have a floor jack, jack stands, torque wrench, brake grease (for back of pads), brake cleaner, plastic ties to keep the pressure off the brake line, c-clamps to depress the pistons....

This leads me to a couple questions:
1. Do I need the fancy european wrench bit to depress the pistons or can I just use the old pads and a c-clamp?
2. What are the torquing specs for the bolts that:
a) hold the wheels on?
b) caliper bolts (are those torx bolts I'm seeing in the caliper?)?

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Re: Volvo XC90 Front Brake Job

Postby songzunhuang » 26 Mar 2011, 21:00

OK fellow Volvo people, I change brake pads and rotors all the time on my cars it seems, and I think I have found a much easier way. Perhaps the way I am doing it overlooks something? I'd be interested in what you think. Here's what I do.

After removing the tire, I take off the ENTIRE brake caliper assembly. It's only 2 - 18mm bolts. Before you can do this, you have to loosen the brake fluid cap so that the fluid can be pushed into the line.I sometimes have to use a screwdriver to force the pad back so that I can slip it past the ridge that invariably forms along the edge of the rotor. This can damage the pad and rotor, but in most cases I am replacing these anyway so it's no big deal.

In any case, it's really easy. Since the brake fluid reservoir cap is loose, I can just use my hands to force the brake cylinder back into the caliper and then remove the pads. I put the new pads in and then secure the whole assembly using the same 2 18mm bolts. That's it.

This seems easier to me than what I see outlined in this procedure. Am I missing something?
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Re: Volvo XC90 Front Brake Job

Postby Sciotobob » 20 Apr 2011, 00:34

I replaced the front rotors and brake pads on our XC90 this morning. I did not take the caliper apart, but just removed the two 18MM bolts holding the caliper to the wheel. The pistons were easily compressed back into the caliper with just a small amount of pressure. Old pads slid out and new pads slid in without any problem at all. Start to finish in about 2 hours, including cleanup and a test drive.
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