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Hi all

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

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?

Thanks in advance
 

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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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Buzby, you're a legend! Well get on this next time is see more than a couple of hours daylight!
 

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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/v40-hatchback/55098/10130/brake-pad-set?wheel[]=40561&brand[]=3&stars_rating=0&list=&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/v40-hatchback/55098/10132/brake-disc?categories[]=82&wheel[]=40561&stars_rating=0&list=&from=18&to=10000

If ypu want the genuine Volvo parts, you are looking about £120ish:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Genuine-Volvo-V40-Rear-Brake-Discs-And-Pads-2012-/191858833821?fits=Car+Make:Volvo|Model:V40|Cars+Year:2013&hash=item2cabad799d:g:Ah8AAOSwKfVXIzBb
 

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Changing the rear discs and pads yourself is a bit more involved though as you need the correct caliper windback tool to avoid damaging the handbrake adjustment mechanism on the piston.
 

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Just about to order these but Volvo have quoted a different part number for the pads as to what is fitted to the car, this is different by one digit.

Fitted to car is 31341300

Volvo quoted replacement part is 31341301

I will wait to find out why
 

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Just about to order these but Volvo have quoted a different part number for the pads as to what is fitted to the car, this is different by one digit.

Fitted to car is 31341300

Volvo quoted replacement part is 31341301

I will wait to find out why


Just had confirmation that 31341301 is the updated part number.

FYI the part number for the V40 1.6 D2 front disc (278mm) is 31341642
 

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Just about to order these but Volvo have quoted a different part number for the pads as to what is fitted to the car, this is different by one digit.

Fitted to car is 31341300

Volvo quoted replacement part is 31341301

I will wait to find out why
Sometimes it means there has been a manufacturer's spec change between when the original parts were fitted in the factory and when you come to replace them, but usually it's just a way for the parts database to identify the difference between parts supplied in bulk for use in the factory and retail packaging for sales and service.
 

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Hi,

I will have to replace break pads and discs on my D3 R-design in a few time, and I have some question:
- Can you confirm me that there is no any "reset" to do in the OBD system
- Concerning the rear break, I saw this tools:

http://www.partsforvolvosonline.com/product_info.php?cPath=141&products_id=7047

They speak about 3 differents axe center dimensions... Does anybody use it or known the good one ? ( for 280 mm disc)

Regards.
 

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Hi,

I will have to replace break pads and discs on my D3 R-design in a few time, and I have some question:
- Can you confirm me that there is no any "reset" to do in the OBD system
- Concerning the rear break, I saw this tools:

http://www.partsforvolvosonline.com/product_info.php?cPath=141&products_id=7047

They speak about 3 differents axe center dimensions... Does anybody use it or known the good one ? ( for 280 mm disc)

Regards.
VIDA doesn't mention any procedure to reset a brake service indicator (I'm not sure the V40 has pad wear indicators in it's pads anyway).

The caliper windback tool you need looks like it might be the additional third adapter that's mentioned on the page you referenced (the 20mm hole spacing one). The adapter used on Volvo's tool is part number 9997091:


It's lucky it still has a mechanical handbrake as on cars with electrical parking brakes you need to connect the car to the diagnostic system to retract the calipers.

The rear pad replacement instructions in VIDA do mention that after the calipers have been wound back and refitted you will have to readjust the handbrake. The handbrake adjuster is located inside the centre console on top of the handbrake mechanism and can be accessed by removing the side panel section behind the handbrake next to the passenger seat.
 

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Great news!! thanks for these informations Buzby.
Disc and pads are commanded. I will come back after the work to make a little reviews.

Bye
 

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This thread really made my day. Thank you.

Just had left rear brake pads go bad and the disc is ruined at the same time. Decided to change all discs and pads while I'm at it, the car has already had >320000km (V40 D2 -13)

Struggled to find any info on the actual size of the front discs, first found out they're either 300 or 320. Then I even measured the disc with a normal tape measure and came to the conclusion it's smaller than 300.
Turns out it's 278 as I found out here in this thread.

Checked some regularly used local shops (Finland) and their selection is really bad. One claims they don't sell any brake parts, one sells only pads and rear discs. One sells original brake pads but no discs. The original front pads were priced 102€ and rear pads 88,5€. Seems really expensive.

Ended up ordering the parts from Germany:
ATE 278mm front disc 38,36€
ATE 280mm rear disc 23,64€

ATE front pads Ceramic 53,30€
ATE rear pads 24,30€

The normal ATE front pads would have been cheaper, 34,78€: (but decided to give the ceramic ones a go)
https://profiteile.de/bremsbelagsatz-scheibenbremse-13-0460-7193-2-3

Just waiting for them to arrive now :smile2:
 
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