$615 for front brake pads and rotors? on 2006 Volvo XC70

The dealer quoted a price of $615 for front brake pads and rotors that they say are under min. spec. of 28.8 actual is 23.88. Is this correct? Is it possible to do this myself? Thanks

by in Martinsburg, WV on September 15, 2010
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ANSWER by on September 15, 2010
Find an independent Volvo shop that uses good quality parts and get a quote from them. Or you can do this yourself but it depends on your mechanical ability and available tools. Did the shop say what the thickness of the brake pads is? Also, ask them for the specification from Volvo for the minimum thickness of the rotor at pad replacement, I believe it is 23.8mm, so technically you may not need to replace them.
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COMMENT by on September 15, 2010
The dealer stated the thickness of the rotors is 23.88 and that min. spec is 28.8 so i'm guessing that they need replaced. They did not state the thickness of the pads though. I have replaced rotors and pads on other makes of cars but never a Volvo. Is there any special tools that are required? I know that you can borrow repair kits from the parts houses. Any other advice would be appreciated.
COMMENT by on September 15, 2010
I advise you get a subscription to this online repair manual, it has great instructions with images on how to replace the brake pads and rotors. It's much better than I can give in writing. I do suggest you use Volvo parts to avoid issues with noise and vibration. http://bit.ly/mitchell_repair_manuals_online You'll see the specs in there too, and I think you're getting incorrect info on the measurement, or there's some confusion. Good Luck
COMMENT by on September 28, 2010
Thanks for the repair manual link. A very good resorce and buy! Is it ok to use OE parts from online or parts houses for this job or should I use only original volvo parts?
COMMENT by on September 28, 2010
Glad you like the repair manual, it is a great product for a really good price. I prefer OE parts only. There are likely other parts that are OK, but I've seen too many issues with aftermarket brake pads and rotors causing noises and vibrations. Try ipdusa.com or fcpgroton.com
COMMENT by on September 28, 2010
So just for clarification it does not have to be genuine volvo parts? OE is ok? Any particular brand of OE. Sorry, I just want to be clear.
COMMENT by on September 28, 2010
Genuine Volvo is your safest bet. I'm not up to date on the others that claim to be OE, but I would trust those sites I mentioned.
COMMENT by on September 28, 2010
Thank You!
ANSWER by on November 04, 2010
Hope not; Prefer to have shop repair brakes.