I need to replace the front and rear brake pads. Can't find any repair manual (Chiltons, Haynes,etc.) outlining the procedure for this particular year/model Volvo. Would it be similar to procedure for '06 S60 or '04 S40? I can find manuals on these vehicles. Nothing really that helpful on-line blogs, etc. either to this point
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2006 Volvo S40
Question: replacing brake pads
Answer #1patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, July 25, 2009, 11:56Master
It funny I have replaced hundreds of sets of brake pads, there is nothing unusual about the S40 front calipers but I could not find instructions or an image of the front calipers (can find information and repair procedures for the rear), they deem the repair to be too simple to include instructions and images.
Jack up your car, remove the wheel, look at the caliper/disc/ and brake pad arrangement on your car and then search Youtube to see which video clip is most similar to your brake arrangement.
Replykellen728, February 20, 2011, 13:37Rookie
The procedure for replacing the brake pads is below, sorry I was unable to copy in the illustrations.
Brake pads, front
Note! The illustrations in this service information are used for different model years and/or models. Some variation may occur. However, the essential information in the illustrations is always correct.
1.0 Preparatory work
1.1 Remove the wheels on both sides.
2.0 Removing the brake pads
Note! Minimum thickness for replacing brake pads = 2 mm.
-The protective caps
-The locating pins, use a 7 mm hex socket
-The brake caliper. Hang up the caliper in a suitable position to avoid damaging the brake hose
-The brake pads.
Note! Do not depress the brake pedal while the brake pads are removed.
3.0 Cleaning the brake caliper
3.1 Clean and check the brake caliper and dust cover.
3.2 Clean and check the brake pad mating surfaces in the brake caliper and caliper holder.
3.3 Clean the sliding pins using a steel brush.
Note! If the dust boot is damaged dirt may have penetrated the cylinder. If this is the case the caliper must be replaced.
4.0 Brake disc check
4.1 Check brake disc friction surfaces.
If the brake disc displays signs of out-of-true, check its lateral run out.
5.0 Disc Front, Checking.
5.1 Replace the brake disc if it displays signs of heavy wear, variable thickness or similar.
Note! Minimum disc thickness/replacement limit = 23.0mm. Minimum recommended disc thickness when installing new brake pads = 23.8mm.
6.0 Installing brake pads
Note! For tightening torques, see Specifications. See: Specifications\Tightening Torque
6.1 Lubricating the sliding surfaces
6.1.1 Lubricate the contact surfaces of the brake pads using silicone grease, part no. 1161687 (12 ml) or part no. 1161688 (50 ml).
(Do not lubricate the sliding pins)
Installing brake pads
6.2 Press piston back into cylinder on brake caliper.
Check that the dust cover is correctly positioned.
-new brake pads
-the brake caliper
-the locating pins.
-the protective caps
Note! Check the rubber sleeves of the locating pins. Replace if necessary.
7.1 Depress the brake pedal a few times. Check the brake fluid level in the reservoir. Top up if necessary.
7.2 Install the wheel