How to replace front brake pads on Volvo S40 / V40

by: Alexandra M.

Follow this 7 steps tutorial to replace the front brake pads on your Volvo S40 or V40 (1995 to 2004)

Tools Needed: 12 and 15 mm spanner, and caliper wind tool.

Time: 20 minutes

Step 1. Jack your car up and make sure that it is securely supported.

Step 2. Remove the front wheel.

Step 3. With a 12mm spanner remove the lower bolt securing the caliper. (If it rotate freely you might need to secure the inner part with a 15mm spanner, in my case it wasn’t needed.)

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Step 4. Push the caliper up, this will allow you to remove and replace the brake pads.

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Step 5. Wind the piston in to get space to fit the new pads.

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Step 6. Insert the new brake pads in place. Be sure that you install the one with the little metalic bit onto the rear, with the metalic bit on the lower side.

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Step 7. Re-install the caliper lower bolt, securely tighten (If it rotate freely you might need to secure the inner part with a 15mm spanner, in my case it wasn’t needed).

Re-install the wheel back on and you’re done!

The instructions in this tutorial will work in the following models / years:

– 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 Volvo S40
– 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 Volvo V40