How to Replace the Brake Pads on a Volvo S60

Updated February 21, 2017

Brakes are the most important safety feature on your Volvo S60. Without properly working brakes, you will not be able to prevent collisions and you and your family will be put in harm's way. One way to avoid any potentially devastating accidents is to replace your brake pads as soon as they begin to wear out. The brake pads on your Volvo S60 have a small metal piece that will begin to rub against the rotor, causing a loud squeaking noise, as soon as they need to be replaced.

Lift up the front end of the Volvo using a jack and jack stands.

Remove the 10 lug nuts on the two front wheels, using the car's tire iron, and pull off the wheels.

Unbolt the two 10mm bolts on each brake caliper and lift the calipers off the brake rotors.

Pry the brake pads out of the calipers using a flathead screwdriver.

Force the pistons back into the brake calipers using a C-clamp. Do this by putting the C-clamp around the piston and the brake caliper, then turning the screw on the clamp until the piston is flush with the brake caliper.

Place the new brake pads into the calipers and slide the calipers back onto the brake rotors.

Bolt the brake calipers back into place, using the bolts you removed earlier, and a socket wrench.

Slide the wheels back onto the Volvo and bolt them into place, using the lug nuts and the tire iron.

Remove the jack stands and lower the Volvo, then raise the back end and secure it with jack stands.

Repeat the entire process on the back wheels of the Volvo. Remove the jack stands and lower the car to the ground.

Top off the brake fluid in the brake fluid reservoir, then pump the brakes until firmness is restored.

Things You'll Need

  • Jack
  • 2 jack stands
  • Tire iron
  • Socket wrench
  • 10mm socket
  • C-clamp
  • Brake pads
  • Flathead screwdriver
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