Brake pads are pretty darn simple to replace.<p>Take off the wheels, loosent the caliper bolt, swing the caliper out of the way, pull pads out, and depending on conditionof old pads - compress piston slightly, insert new pads and reassemble.<p>Don't forget to follow the pad mfr's recommendations for bedding the new pads after installation. Very important!<p>Regards!
For the weekend mechanic, actually, Volvo has nothing.<p>There are manuals (Chilton, I think) for the T5 engine in the current iteration of the S40, but none for the C70. The VIDA system is oriented to service specialists only and in addition costs many times more than what nonspecialists would expect to pay.<p>I wanted to change the oil filter on my C70. The oil filter. After weeks of searching I gave up and found a Volvo mechanic willing to take the time to show me how it's done.<p>Good luck.
Have you tried the Haynes manuals?<p><A HREF="http://www.haynes.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10001&storeId=10001&productId=44255&langId=-1" TARGET="_blank">http://www.haynes.co.uk/webapp...Id=-1</A>
Haynes manuals are usually pretty good, and I prefer them to Chilton's or Clymer. But they usually wait a few years before issuing a manual for a new model, partly on the principle that while a new model is under warranty, the amount of do-it-yourself work is not that great.<p>The manual linked above, covering the S40 and V50 from March 2004 to June 2007, will be of some use to a C70 owner. But I doubt if Haynes ever makes a manual that directly covers the C70. It's just too low volume a car. Maybe they will slightly cover it by adding it to the S40/V50 manual at some point.<p>The best "factory" paper manual that I ever had was one that I bought for an '86 Honda Accord. It was moderately priced at the dealer, was specific to just 1986 Honda Accords, and covered virtually everything. (It was about 3 or 4 times as thick as a typical Haynes manual.)<p>The most amusing manual I have is an old Clymer manual for "V8 Corvettes". This little yellow book was issued in 1961 (I bought my copy in the mid-80's, I think), and it can still be found in some online stores that specialize in automotive books. The cover touts "Includes information on the new 1962 models!". But it covers just about anything that you'd want to do on a 1953-1962 solid-axle Vette (which are pretty simple cars, basically), including rebuilding carbs and/or the fuel injection system. It even has a chapter on "racing mods", full of quaint pictures of SCCA road-racing, circa 1960.<p>Unfortunately, the days of the factory paper manual are probably over.<br>