Replacing the brakes on your Volvo is one of the most important jobs to have done for both safety and functionality. Driving the unpredictable roads of Calgary, Alberta will remind you of that very quickly! As a rule of thumb, you should have your Brake Pads inspected about every 10,000 miles, and obviously have them replaced if the material lining of the pad is worn down so far that it triggers the replacement sensor on your display. In the real world, the majority of people do not check their pads very often (if at all), and they usually wait until they see the little brake warning lamp appear on the dashboard. It is a smart idea to get new Brake Pads and inspect your discs as soon as you see that warning lamp light up. If you decide to ignore the warning lamp, you may end up getting to the point of actual metal on metal contact - this is where the metal backing of your pads will be wearing on the brake discs. Using the brakes at this time will not only greatly reduce the effectiveness of your Volvo's braking, but it will also begin to wear grooves in to your brake discs. After the discs have been grooved, they are absolutely damaged, and there is practically no way to repair them properly. Sometimes resurfacing can work, but too often the groove that has been cut will be much deeper than is allowed by the Volvo specifications. The smartest thing to do is have your pads replaced by professionals right away.
Remember: Your brake pads should only ever be replaced in pairs (i.e. Replace both front pads or both rear pads at a the same time). The same rule applies to the brake discs that should be checked each time your brake pads are replaced.
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If you have more questions regarding the replacement of your Volvo brakes in Calgary, Alberta, be sure to contact Euroworks at 403.291.6839 and we'll be sure to assist you in every way we possibly can!