Replacing Volvo Front Brake Discs & Pads

volvo brake discs and pads

Questions and comments on replacing your volvos discs and pads.

Brake pads are a component of disc brakes used in automotive and other applications. Brake pads are steel backing plates with friction material bound to the surface that faces the disk brake rotor.

Brake pads convert the kinetic energy of the car to thermal energy by friction. Two brake pads are contained in the brake caliper with their friction surfaces facing the rotor. When the brakes are hydraulically applied, the caliper clamps or squeezes the two pads together into the spinning rotor to slow/stop the vehicle. When a brake pad is heated by contact with a rotor, it transfers small amounts of friction material to the disc, turning it dull gray. The brake pad and disc (both now with friction material), then “stick” to each other, providing the friction that stops the vehicle.

MVS Forum Member WoodrowStar asks:

greetings,
about a month ago i had my rear brake pads replaced for 350.00, i dont want to pay that much for my front pads(which needs replacing now). i dont usually work on cars but think the time is now. any suggestions on how to making my first brake job as seamless as possible. thx

MVS Forum Member precopster replied:

$350 just for pads or were rotors replaced as well??

A pair of front rotors can be purchased for as little as under $110 and rear rotors for $80 but GENUINE VOLVO rear pads alone are $31 alone from FCP Groton:

http://www.fcpgroton.com/

Check your rotors for deep grooves and for overall thickness; they should be no less than around 24mm thick, but if somebody will chime in with minimum disc thickness on your car that would be great.

MVS Forum Member zhenya added:

Fortunately brake work is fairly straightforward, and as you have found, can really save you a bundle if you DIY. Do you have a friend who might be able to assist you for your first job? If not, I’m sure we can help you through it. It’s basically just jacking up the car, removing the wheel, removing the caliper, changing the rotor, changing the pads and putting it back together. All simple nuts and bolts stuff.

Replacing Front Brake Discs & Pads

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Date February 26, 2007

2 responses to “Replacing Volvo Front Brake Discs & Pads”

  1. Melvin says:

    Awesome post, did it in just over an hour after reading the post with pictures. Gotta love to do this work yourself and not paying someone for it.. I was quoted 150$ for a shop to do it…

  2. Bob says:

    I want to replace my front discs and pads on my 2007 M.Y.S60 D5 Auto with 17″wheels there seem to different sizes of disc you can buy does any one know the correct size or will I have to take the wheel off and measure them before I buy them. there are several sites selling the at half the price of genuine Volvo parts but are they any good,

    Thanks Bob

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