Most Volvo's have a disc brake setup. Brake pads are among the most important parts in the disc brake system.
Are you a Volvo owner with worn brake pads? If so, this buyer’s guide is just what you need. We’ve included all the information you need about:
- What brake pads are and why they’re important
- Diagnosing a failing brake pad
- Deciding between OEM and aftermarket brake pads
- Replacing the brake pads on your Volvo
What Is A Brake Pad And Why Is It Important?
A brake pad is a semi-crescent part with friction material that helps stop the car. Two brake pads are nestled inside a brake caliper. The caliper is a mechanical device that presses the brake pads against the rotor. The heat and friction between the pads and rotor brings the rotor to a standstill (or at least slows it down). This post explains brake pads in more detail.
How To Diagnose A Failing Brake Pad
Got a hunch that your brake pads are getting worn out? You don’t have to bring your Volvo to a shop to have your pads checked. You can easily do it yourself with this tutorial. To sum it up, the process involves giving the brake pads a visual inspection, and measuring how much friction material is left.
Are OEM Volvo Brake Pads Better Than Aftermarket?
When you replace your brake pads, you have to choose between OEM and aftermarket brake pads. It might be tempting to get aftermarket brake pads because they’re usually cheaper, but it’s actually not a great idea. This comparison guide shines a lot of light on the differences between OEM and aftermarket brake pads. In a nutshell:
- Aftermarket brake pads tend to wear out fast, while OEM brake pads last a long time
- OEM Volvo brake pads come with a warranty, while most aftermarket brake pads don’t
- OEM Volvo brake pad friction material is perfectly compatible with OEM rotors. Aftermarket pads have friction material that is usually not compatible.
When To Replace Your Volvo Brake Pads
It’s common for brake pads to wear out between 25K and 65K miles. Signs that your brake pads have gone bad include:
- Longer stopping distances
- Grinding noises
- Vibrations in the brake pedal
- Brake pedal going almost all the way to the floor
- Smoky smell after lots of braking
The best way to confirm that your brake pads need replacing is to inspect them. This diagnostic guide will show you how to do this.
Do you have any questions about your Volvo brake pads that weren’t addressed in this guide? You’re welcome to contact us!