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V70XC Rear Brake Pads Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

V70XC Rear Brake Pads Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$80 to $200

Talent:

***

Tools:

15, 13mm wrenches, flathead screwdriver, brake piston compressor, floor jack, jack stands, wheel chocks, safety glasses, lug wrench, torque wrench

Applicable Models:

Volvo V70 X/C (2001)
Volvo V70 X/C AWD (1998-00)
Volvo V70 X/C AWD SE (2000)

Parts Required:

Rear brake pads, brake cleaner

Hot Tip:

Stay clear of brake dust

Performance Gain:

Proper brake function

Complementary Modification:

Flush brake fluid. Replace brake rotors

Volvo V70 service brakes consist of hydraulic brake calipers and rotors, one at each wheel. When the brake pedal is pressed, brake fluid is forced out of the brake master cylinder and through the brake lines to each brake caliper. Pistons in the calipers push out and clamp brake pads against the brake rotors (or discs), thus slowing down the vehicle. A vacuum assisted brake booster multiplies the braking force exerted by the driver at the brake pedal. The parking or emergency brake uses an entirely separate braking system. A pair of mechanically operated cables attached to the parking brake lever actuate parking brake shoes inside the rear wheel drums (which are integral with the rear brake rotors).

Rear brake pads on V70XC models differ from V70 models. This tech article will show you how to replace brake pads on V70XC models.

You should check your brake pads every time you service your Volvo. Replace your brake pads if thickness is 2.4 mm (0.9 in.) or below.

Keep in mind that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have, so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve, as they grow older. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

With the vehicle on the ground, loosen about 1/2 turn the wheel studs on the axle you are replacing the brakes on. This will help with removing them once the vehicle is jacked up.

Lift and support the axle you are replacing the brake pads on. See our tech article on jacking your vehicle.

Remove the rear wheels.

Using a flathead screwdriver, slowly press the brake caliper piston in.
Figure 1

Using a flathead screwdriver, slowly press the brake caliper piston in. This allows the brake caliper to be pulled off the brake rotor easily. I like to pry between the outer brake pad and brake rotor. This way there is less chance of damaging the caliper piston. Then, using a 15mm wrench, counterhold the caliper slide (green arrow) while removing the 13mm bolt (red arrow). The upper fastener is shown.

Repeat for the lower fastener (red arrow).
Figure 2

Repeat for the lower fastener (red arrow).

Pull the brake caliper off the brake rotor and caliper bracket.
Figure 3

Pull the brake caliper off the brake rotor and caliper bracket.

Remove the brake pads (red arrows) from the caliper bracket.
Figure 4

Remove the brake pads (red arrows) from the caliper bracket.

Remove the caliper slide pins (red arrows).
Figure 5

Remove the caliper slide pins (red arrows). Once you have the caliper slide bolts removed, clean them thoroughly. Then lubricate the bolts with a silicone brake grease (inset). Then, thoroughly clean the pad contact surface on the bracket.

Then press the piston back into the caliper using a brake caliper piston tool or a C-clamp (red arrow).
Figure 6

Then press the piston back into the caliper using a brake caliper piston tool or a C-clamp (red arrow). Be sure to use an old brake pad on the caliper piston to prevent damage. Check that the caliper piston boot returns into the caliper correctly as well. Install the new brake pads into the caliper-mounting bracket. Install the caliper to the mounting bracket. Be sure the pad springs are centered on the caliper and applying tension evenly. Sometimes one side will pop up through the caliper hole. Then, tighten the caliper fasteners. Once the calipers are installed and the fasteners are tight, press the brake pedal to pump the brakes up. Once the brake pedal is hard to push, install the wheels and check the brake operation.

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