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How do I Change the Brake Pads on a 2001 Volvo V70?

    • 1). Park the 2001 Volvo V70 on a level surface in a safe work area. Pull the parking brake out.

    • 2). Loosen each lug nut on the front wheels about one quarter of a turn with the tire tool or a lug wrench.

    • 3). Slide the floor jack under the front end of the 2001 Volvo V70. Position the jack under a safe jacking area and jack the car up. Once the car is high enough for the safety stands, slide the safety stands under the front frame rails on both sides of the car. Lower the jack until the weight of the front end is fully on the jack stands. Then, stop the floor jack and leave it in place.

    • 4). Continue loosening each lug nut from the front wheels. Slide the wheels off of the hubs and set the wheels flat down on the surface.

    • 5). Move back over to the front driver side wheel and locate the metal retaining clip on the front side of the brake caliper. Pull the metal clip off with the needle nose pliers and place the clip on the ground.

    • 6). Locate the two black plastic caps that cover the two guide pin bolts on the back of the brake caliper. The guide bolts are 7mm hex head bolts. Remove the two black caps and then remove the bolts with the ratchet and the 7mm hex head socket.

    • 7). Locate the access hole on the side of the caliper. Insert the end of the pry bar into the opening and pry the outer brake pad against the back of the caliper. This will push the caliper cylinder inside of the caliper enough to make it loose enough to remove from the rotor. Remove the pry bar.

    • 8). Pull the brake caliper off of the brake rotor and hang it to the steering knuckle behind the wheel hub assembly with a piece of rope. Then, pull the inner brake pad from the caliper. Position the adjustment rod of the 6-inch clamp into the caliper so that it is facing the outer brake pad. Turn the c-clamp clockwise to push the outer brake pad against the caliper cylinder. Once the cylinder is completely retracted, remove the c-clamp.

    • 9). Pull the outer brake pad out of the caliper. Then, position the new inner and outer brake pads into the caliper. Inspect the facing of the brake rotor for wear and grooving. If the facing of the rotor has minimal wear or grooving, have the rotor turned by a machine shop or an auto repair shop. If the rotor has excessive wear or grooving, replace the rotor.

    • 10

      Remove the rope and lower the brake caliper back onto the brake rotor. Secure the caliper to the rotor with the guide bolts and tighten with the ratchet and the 7mm hex head socket. Position the metal retaining clip back over the front side of the brake caliper. Put the wheel back on along with the lug nuts. Tighten the lug nuts with the tire tool.

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      Move to the other front wheel and repeat the same above procedure for changing the brake pads. Then, jack the front of the 2001 Volvo V70 back up and pull the safety stands out from under the frame rails. Lower the car and remove the floor jack.

    • 12

      Crank the 2001 Volvo V70 and push the brake pedal in and out five or six times to fit the new brake pads to the brake rotors. This process will also remove any air from the brake system. Turn the engine off. Open the hood and check the brake fluid level inside of the brake fluid reservoir located near the master cylinder. Add fluid if necessary. Close the hood and test drive the 2001 Volvo V70 to ensure the brakes are working properly.

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