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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 26-09-2016, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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Brake Disc/ Pad Replacement

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I need my brake pads and discs replacing, Volvo want approx £350 to replace the front discs and pads

Does anyone now what size (diameter) discs and pads to get for a 1.6 D2 (2015 model year). It appears there are 3 sizes as options, 278mm, 300mm, 320mm (according to several websites and Volvo themselves).

Volvo support wont give me a straight answer, does anyone here know?

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Cheers, I spoke with someone else earlier who said 300mm is right (320 on that item). Might try another Volvo dealer and a tape measure!
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Many of the motor factors can match the right parts for your model based on the chassis/reg number, as can reputable independent garages.


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Cheers, I spoke with someone else earlier who said 300mm is right (320 on that item). Might try another Volvo dealer and a tape measure!
Is it a 1.6 or 2.0 D2? The 1.6 usually has the 278mm discs.
You can tell the difference between the 320mm and 300/278mm brakes just by looking though the wheels.
The 320mm calipers look like this:

They are usually only fitted to the higher-powered variants.

The 278mm and 300mm brakes are slightly more difficult to tell apart as they use the same caliper but with different caliper carrier brackets. The 278mm caliper and carrier looks like this:

The caliper carrier has the size cast into it along with the Volvo part number.. If the wheel spokes are in the right position then if you stand in front of the driver's side front wheel and look at the front of the top part of the caliper carrier you will see the part number and '278' cast into it, like this:


The 300mm caliper carrier has more prominent 'horns' at the top and bottom:

Again, they also have the size cast into the front o the top, along with the part number:

As far as replacement goes, the brake systems are made for Volvo by ATE. You can get OEM ATE parts that will be a bit cheaper than Volvo's It's mostly direct from the Mk2.5 Ford Focus parts bin (the 320mm brakes are the same as the ones fitted to the Focus ST).

The 278mm/300mm versions at least are really easy to change yourself. You need a jack, a wire brush (to clean off any brake dust and rust), a pair of pliers (to remove and reinstall the retaining spring) 7mm hex/allen key or socket (to undo the slider bolts the caliper rides on), a 13mm spanner or socket (to remove the caliper cariier from the hub), a crosshead screwdriver (to remove the disc retaining screw), some copper grease (to lubricate the slider bolts, back of the pads and wheel mating usrface on reassembly) and some blue Loctite (to secure the caliper carrier bolts on reassembly, though this is optional).
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Oh and it's the 1.6
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Oh and it's the 1.6
I would expect them ot the the 278mm brakes then.

As the calipers are the same, it should be possible to upgrade to the 300mm brakes by changing the caliper carrier brackets, discs and pads to the 300mm parts. I intend to do this when my discs and pads need to be replaced, as I have found the 278mm brakes wanting on occasion.
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Tracked down an ATE supplier discs are easy enough to select, pads not so http://www.buycarparts.co.uk/volvo/v...&from=28&to=70

Any opinions to fit the 278mm discs?


Slight edit, noticed the rim size variable would you think that's accurate, I will probabably call a dealer to clarify though.

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Tracked down an ATE supplier discs are easy enough to select, pads not so http://www.buycarparts.co.uk/volvo/v...&from=28&to=70

Any opinions to fit the 278mm discs?
From that link, you can see there are actually 2 sizes there - the first set is the 278mm parts (it says it's for 15" wheels). The second and third sets are for 300mm discs (for 17" wheels). The third set is a higher-performance ceramic material.

They have got a variety of disc options on there too:
http://www.buycarparts.co.uk/volvo/v...om=18&to=10000

If ypu want the genuine Volvo parts, you are looking about £120ish:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Genuine-Vo...8AAOSwKfVXIzBb
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