Q: “I am about to redo my brakes and rotors on front and rear… for brake pads, should I consider upgrading? I’m wondering about the choice of ceramic brakes or OEM Volvo brake pads.
I drive a Volvo 850 and I am unsure if the ceramic pads are worth the little extra they cost. Should I stick to the OEM Volvo pads, which I believe are semi-metallic? Do cross-drilled rotors offer any additional benefit? Are they worth the extra for an everyday driver, or do they just eat brake pads?”
A: “Cross-drilled rotors are a cosmetic upgrade only, and most of the ones you will find available are of poor quality. Stick with a good quality OEM rotor.”
If you need any help or guidance when you’re doing your own brake maintenance on your Volvo 850, you can find detailed, step-by-step instructions here, on Instructables Workshop that may be useful.
Changing the Brake Rotor on a 95 Volvo 850 gives you 12 details steps, with photos, and a complete list of tools you will need for this job.
There are a number of products and kits out there that will improve the braking performance of your Volvo 850. They typically involve adding a larger diameter brake roter, along with increased brake pad surface area by using new calipers.