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You are in the Volvo C70
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Volvo C70, Coupe, Convertible
#8 of 27 Re: BRAKE DUST PROBLEM [tom007]
Oct 30, 2006 (8:41 am)
That is curious. My 99 fronts are ALWAYS dirtier than the rears. Maybe with the hardtop, there's more weight towards the rear now.
#9 of 27 Re: BRAKE DUST PROBLEM [tmart]
Oct 30, 2006 (9:00 am)
I could understand fronts because the weight goes forward when you apply brakes, but the back pads usually last twice as long as fronts because they are mainly for emergency (parking) brake on rear wheels. I will let you know solution to problem when dealer checks them.
I am not worried about pads not holding, but just want to find out if it is normal on this model car with other owners. Most of my driving so far has been local and this is harder on brakes with stop and go driving.I only have 2100 miles so far.
Thanks for reply.
#10 of 27 Re: BRAKE DUST PROBLEM [tom007]
Nov 03, 2006 (6:18 pm)
I too have noticed that the rear brakes accumulate more dust than the front. I didn't think much of it, because before I bought the C70, I asked a friend who owned 2 previous volvos. He had the ?2001 C70, and now the XC90, and when asked what he thought about volvo and his cars, his only reply was the annoying accumulation of brake dust on his wheels. He didn't tell me whether there was a front/rear difference. I've driven the car 3600 miles now, but have not had a chance to go to the dealer with issues, so I'd be interested once you get to your dealer.
#11 of 27 Re: BRAKE DUST PROBLEM [grsub]
Dec 06, 2006 (12:33 pm)
I just had my car into dealer to get the R163A recall service for water shield installation and as stated before, I asked them to give particular attention to the rear brakes as to the excessive dust problem which does not show up in front brakes. I was told by the service department man in charge today that the brake dust problem is just something I will have to live with as all of them do it.
I asked about emergency brake cable needing adjustment as on american cars, the emergency brake is attached to rear wheels. He explained that the emergency brake set up on the C70 is not attached to rear rotors, but has a seperate compartment out from main rotors with small pads of it's own and is enclosed so it can not expel dust to wheels. His belief is that the rear wheels have less cooling area and therefore get hotter than front pads and rotors and therefore produce more dust because of heat. I guess I will just use my power washer more than I planned on doing, because I hate to see that dust. He explained that other foreign cars usually have black on the rear wheels. That is story I was told this morning.
I was not a happy camper after having an appointment to have the water shield installed and driving the sixty miles (each way) to have it done having been told the part would be there and then telling me when I got there that the part had not come in yet. I had told them expressly that if part was not there to call or E-mail me. Now I have to make another trip for the installation. Oh well, the car loves the open road. Happy motoring and I wish I had better news on brake dust issue.
#12 of 27 Re: BRAKE DUST PROBLEM [tom007]
Dec 07, 2006 (7:49 am)
Brake dust is endemic on European cars. The brake pads are softer than what is used on American or Japanese cars. This is to facilitate better cooling of the pads and shorter stopping distances. The front brakes have better airflow, so the dust will sometimes not be as apparant as on the back wheels.
Dec 13, 2006 (12:16 pm)
I have had a problem for a couple of months now. Squeaky brakes - especially when backing out of the driveway in the morning. The 1st time - they said operating according to specs. The 2nd time I had it in the shop, they dipped the pads in something that was supposed to help. The 3rd time (last week), I was told that they are working to develop a new pad for the C70 that is being produced now. Has anyone else had any problems or heard anything else?
#14 of 27 Re: Squeaky brakes [agarretttx]
Dec 13, 2006 (5:59 pm)
I am having the same problem and had my car in on Monday of this week. The service department said exactly the same thing "operating according to specs." I have not been back multiple times for the issue... but it is driving me nuts and I'll call them to ask them about the new pad rumor. Thanks for posting... after Monday's visit, I was wondering if it was normal.
#15 of 27 Re: Squeaky brakes [volvo_driver]
Dec 14, 2006 (9:09 am)
A certain amount of brake squeak is normal for Volvo's and other European cars.
Make sure you clean the wheels and blast the calipers once a week w/ water.
#16 of 27 2001 volvo c70 instrument panel displaying "disc" ?
Feb 13, 2007 (5:28 am)
I am a recent owner of a 2001 c70 and today while driving the car, I noticed that the instrument panel was displaying "disc"
I tried to find it in the owners manual and I couldn't find anything. If anyone knows what this means, I would appreciate the feedback. It might just mean that I need new brakes??
But they were checked a few weeks ago and was told they looked good?
#17 of 27 Re: 2001 volvo c70 instrument panel displaying "disc" ? [dahlia18]
Feb 13, 2007 (8:51 am)
The sensor on one of the brakes may be bad and sending off a false signal. I experienced this on my old Audi A4.