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... and everything went ok. Just wanted to post my experience.<p>Bought Centric rotors and Hawk Ceramic pads from Tire Rack for the job.<p>A couple things to note:<p>1) getting the calipers off is way easier if you unclip the brake fluid line as well as the e-brake cable line where it attaches to the trailing arm.<p>2) For the rears, you need something to turn the piston back into the caliper. I was able to modify one of those cheap little caliper cubes that fits a 3/8" rachet to fit the two holes in the piston head. Otherwise, something like this would be even more handy.<br><A HREF="http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_6970_200381636_200381636" TARGET="_blank">http://www.northerntool.com/we...81636</A><p>3) before changing them, they started making a horrible scraping noise. I knew they were in need of changing before it got to that point so I already had the parts, just hadn't gotten around to it. Because of the scraping, I was expecting one of the inner pads to be completely toast as the outer pads still had at least a bit left on them. But to my surprise, they didn't look that horrible. Low for sure, but nothing that I would have thought would cause bad scraping.<p>Long story short, I think it may have been something in the pads at the very end of their life that started making the noise as a notification that they are in need of changing. I can't think of anything else that would have caused it. The pads weren't down to the rivets or anything like that. And it was indeed the brakes as everything is quiet again after changing them.<p>Just need to get them bedded in now. Too hard to find a place in the city, have to try around work in the 'burbs on some non-busy 2-lane.<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Change the rear brakes on the wife's S40 yesterday... (Lamfalus)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Lamfalus</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> it may have been something in the pads at the very end of their life that started making the noise as a notification that they are in need of changing. </TD></TR></TABLE><br>Nope, there are no "crickets" on Volvo pads. Hard to tell what caused the scraping noise but it's often simply misalignment of the pad, as the wear increases.<p>Tom.
 
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