How To Change Volvo S60 R Brakes

We are going to take a look at working on Volvo S60 R brakes. But first, a little background.

Volvo’s V70R and S60R

Rather than a floating design (as is used on some models that are inferior in comparison) Brembo’s fixed calipers are used on the R model. Carrying on the mid-90s tradition of the 850 T-5R, and the performance version of Volvo’s base models, are the P2 chassis Volvo V70R and S60R. The P2 Rs were equipped with a bigger turbocharger and a 300 hp engine. Additionally, a Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept (Four-C) was supported by the semi-active suspension. Three modes could be selected from the Four-C:

  • Brembo large four piston calipers
  • Six-speed transmission
  • An optional sporty aerodynamics kit
  • Advanced, support, and comfort instrument cluster gauges (blue faced)

Now to the changing of S60 R Brakes.

Step-By-Step Instructions on Changing out Front and Rear Rotors Rotors and Pads

Compared to the non-R models, replacing the brakes on the V70R and S60R can be very different. One reason being that as opposed to the normal floating design, a fixed design was used on Brembo calipers. In truth, they’re actually easier to maintain – even though they can seem super intimidating.

The following is going to sound extremely simplified because it is. As with any job, you may run into parts that are stuck or give you some other kind of difficulty. The steps below are just the basics made as simplistic as possible.

Let's Start with the Front Brakes

First things first – remove the wheels and tires. (Hint – you may want to leave the key in the ignition so that you can move the wheels.) Caliber bolts are 15 mm. Remove these next.

Now you can take the pads off which will involve driving the pins out of the caliper. Watch for tension mounted pieces. Compress the calliber pistons next. You can use slip jaw pliers for this job. Use a rag to protect the Brembo’s painted finish (these are not cast-iron) against the jaws of the pliers. Now you can remove the pads which should slide out pretty freely.

The calipers have to come off next and are held on by two 15-millimeter bolts to the knuckle. There is also, in some cases, a noise dampener. Have something handy to support the caliber from. (A bungee cord works nicely.) Finally, a 10 mm bolt holds the rotor on. Remove the bolt and the rotor.

Now reinstall everything new in reverse order. Once you re-install the wheel, you can move on to the rear.

Changing Out S60 R Brakes on the Rear Brakes

As with the front, tap out the pins, and compress the pistons (these can be a little harder to hold, but hang in there). Remove the caliper just like you did in the front, but this time it's a 13 mm. The pads may stick a little. Work them out of the caliper gradually and you'll be all right.

Again, just like in front, there will be a 10 mm holding the rotor. Remove it and remove the rotor. Brush any rust off of surfaces with a wire brush. Reinstall the new rotor and everything else in reverse order of removal.

Look at that. You just replaced your S60 R Brakes. Don't forget, before driving off, you want to pump on that brake pedal a bit.

Again, this sounds very simple and you might run into problems. Having a mechanic friend help you the first time around could be beneficial, particularly if you plan on doing this again in the future.