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I recently rejoined the Volvo family, and after sticking a good 25K on my 2013 S60, my dealer says it's time for some new rotors/pads. Before I go ahead and have them stick on a new set of oem parts, I'm curious to know if you fine folks have some other options for me. Thanks in advance for any advice!
 

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StopTech slotted rotors with Hawk HPS 5.0 pads on my car. Very good incremental upgrade over stock with improved fade resistance.
 

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I recently rejoined the Volvo family, and after sticking a good 25K on my 2013 S60, my dealer says it's time for some new rotors/pads. Before I go ahead and have them stick on a new set of oem parts, I'm curious to know if you fine folks have some other options for me. Thanks in advance for any advice!
or...do you need new rotors? Are you having any issues? Or does your dealer just wanna make some money at your expense. I have a 2012 s60 t5 with around 57,000 miles and the original rotors and no problems. It's your money.
 

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or...do you need new rotors? Are you having any issues? Or does your dealer just wanna make some money at your expense. I have a 2012 s60 t5 with around 57,000 miles and the original rotors and no problems. It's your money.
I am at 70k and still using my oem rotors and brakes.


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I'm assuming you mean front pads/rotors??

I just put Akebono pads and CarQuest premium painted rotors on up front about 1,000 miles ago. Was impressed with the initial quality of both the pads and rotors, and so far I've had no dust or noise while driving. I also got new caliper guide-pins, as the originals were looking pretty rough after 75,000 miles. All-in the parts cost me about $260.

FCP Euro has OEM Volvo pads and rotors for less than $300, while Brembo or Zimmerman parts from FCP will be even cheaper. I don't think you can go wrong with any of the options I laid out.

If you have any mechanical aptitude I would recommend doing the job yourself as opposed to letting the dealer do it. The front brakes are super easy and you will likely save at least a few hundred bucks. Rear brakes are a different story due to the electric parking brake back there.
 

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for the rear brakes with electric parking. If you don't have vida/dice, the rear pads can be retracted manually using the correct star drive . At least for my 2012,s60, this procedure was on the internet and worked just fine .
 

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If you're not getting vibration, leave the rotors alone.
As long as the rotors check out in terms of thickness, this is true. But just because they're not vibrating doesn't mean they're not worn too thin.
 

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Thanks for the info. I am noticing a slight bit of vibration under braking recently. I bought the car with about 50k on it, close to the 75k mark now.
 

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I just replaced the front brakes on my 12. 78,000 miles and there was still pad left. I did have some strange wear on the inside of the right rotor. It looked like the pad wasn't sitting right. Usually there is only about 1/4" of rust around the perimeter of the rotor, where the pad doesn't make contact, but there was about 1.5" of rust around the inside of one of them. But looked like the pad started to make contact as that area started to eat through the pad. Glad I ordered new rotors. They're not that expensive and I don't have to worry about them for another 80k miles.

I used Zimmermann rotors and Pagid pads. These pads are semi-metallic as are OEM. I had absolutely no issues with brake noise or warping so I though I would stay with OEM. I did notice the Zimmermann rotors were much heaver then the originals. Not sure why. I have noticed the brake are much more sensitive than they were.
 

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I recently rejoined the Volvo family, and after sticking a good 25K on my 2013 S60, my dealer says it's time for some new rotors/pads. Before I go ahead and have them stick on a new set of oem parts, I'm curious to know if you fine folks have some other options for me. Thanks in advance for any advice!
My 2012 S60 R Design has 188,400 miles on it and I changed the front brakes at about 125,000 miles. Did the work myself. This was the easiest brake job ever. It still has the original rear brakes. I did nave the serpentine belt changed about 10,000 miles ago. My mechanic said that it still looked great, still pliable. This car is bullet proof. Minor problems with the FoMoCo ignition coils, but most importantly, the Volvo iridium plugs are a necessity. Without the proper plug, the turbo will "blow out" the spark and it will choke under boost.
 

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I have a strong disagreement about any dealer recommending rotor replacement. They usually don't requirement replacement unless 1. Defective (unusual) or 2. some other unusual event(s) caused them to warp to the point where they are no longer in spec. Rotors usually may only need a light surfacing/honing to bring them back to smooth spec. This allows for optimum pad grip.

I am age 69 and in my life thus far I have found only one dealer I could trust NOT to over recommend service. Dealers and all mechanics for that matter know customers usually know very little to nothing about the mechanical function of their cars. Many/most Dealers and less than scrupulous independents take advantage of their position to perform unnecessary repairs/maintenance. They get $$$ from high labor fees and parts margins.

If this were me I would search for an independent Volvo mechanic for another opinion. It may take some time or not depending on how many there are where you live.
 

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for the rear brakes with electric parking. If you don't have vida/dice, the rear pads can be retracted manually using the correct star drive . At least for my 2012,s60, this procedure was on the internet and worked just fine .
I use a 9 volt battery connected to leads to retract the pads and I don't have to remove the rotor from the caliper and avoid damaging the seals, and I don't need VIDA. It works amazing and takes less than 10 seconds to do.
 

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I use a 9 volt battery connected to leads to retract the pads and I don't have to remove the rotor from the caliper and avoid damaging the seals, and I don't need VIDA. It works amazing and takes less than 10 seconds to do.
I imagine you just change the polarity if the brakes don't retract the first time you attempt to connect?
 

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I have a strong disagreement about any dealer recommending rotor replacement. They usually don't requirement replacement unless 1. Defective (unusual) or 2. some other unusual event(s) caused them to warp to the point where they are no longer in spec. Rotors usually may only need a light surfacing/honing to bring them back to smooth spec.
Strongly disagree with you. While rotors will often last for more than one set of pads they absolutely do wear out with normal use. I've seen rotors worn through to the inner cooling vanes on cars with less than 100,000 miles (stuck caliper and oblivious driver) and, more commonly, rotors that simply measure below the minimum thickness spec due to normal wear.

The idea that it is "unusual" for rotors to wear out is just plain wrong. They'll typically last longer than one set of pads but they don't last forever and they absolutely do wear out with normal use.
 

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Strongly disagree with you. While rotors will often last for more than one set of pads they absolutely do wear out with normal use. I've seen rotors worn through to the inner cooling vanes on cars with less than 100,000 miles (stuck caliper and oblivious driver) and, more commonly, rotors that simply measure below the minimum thickness spec due to normal wear.

The idea that it is "unusual" for rotors to wear out is just plain wrong. They'll typically last longer than one set of pads but they don't last forever and they absolutely do wear out with normal use.
Agreed.

Additionally, our '16 V60CC with ~42k miles on the clock is on it's 3rd set of rear rotors and the 2nd set of fronts due to warpage. Thankfully all were covered by our 4 yr/50k warranty.

Edit: Actually the last set of rears were replaced due to an inside pad having gone metal to metal about 5k miles after the 40k service :(.
 

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My 2012 S60 R Design has 188,400 miles on it and...It still has the original rear brakes.
Are you sure your rear brakes are actually working? I would be amazed to find that rear pads on any car would last 188k...
 

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If you want pads and rotors and want an upgrade....Ive got a set from my 2016 Polestar that I will be listing for sale soon.
 
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