Volvo Brake Repairs and Brake Replacement Information, Pricing & Cost Estimates

Brakes: Signs & Symptoms of Failure

Servicing your brakes is a necessary part of your Volvo vehicle maintenance. But for many car owners, maintaining a vehicle's brakes is often overlooked. Keeping your brakes in good working order can also help prevent costly repairs down the road. Below are frequently asked questions about brake repairs.


Frequently Asked Questions about Brake Repairs & Replacements

How do you know when you need new brake pads?

The usual signs of failing brake pads include low brake fluid (warning lights) and the inability to stop abruptly. Additionally, you may notice the brake pedal feels soft/spongy, the vehicle is pulling to the side, or the car vibrates or is generally hard to control when braking. These are all symptoms of bad brake pads, brake shoes or related components.

How do you know when you need new brake rotors?

The most common sign of bad rotors: grinding; metal-on-metal sounds when you press the brakes. This is usually because your brake pads have worn down entirely, resulting in the rotors and brake pads making metal to metal contact. Once you hear the grinding sound, a complete brake job is usually the only solution.

If your brakes are acting weird, they're shuddering, your brake warning light is on or they're just not working right, it's best to call us at 877-690-3124 or schedule an appointment for an inspection.

How often should I replace the brakes on my Volvo?

In most cases, it's a good idea to get your brake pads replaced every 50,000 miles. If you don't drive regularly - like regular commutes between Schaumburg and Chicago - you may be able to get away with changing your brake pads at 75,000-mile intervals. But if you're dealing with stop-and-go traffic around Chicago every day, you'll likely need to get them changed more frequently, about every 25,000 miles. If you commute in heavy traffic and use your brakes often, you'll need to get an inspection more frequently.

What is included in a brake job or brake repairs?

A brake job or brake repairs usually involves replacing the brake linings (which means replacing the brake pads and/or shoes), resurfacing or replacing the rotors and/or drums, adding new brake fluid or bleeding the system as needed, and looking for other worn components.

How much does it cost for brake repairs or brake replacement?

Brake repairs or brake replacements for your Volvo depends on your model type and the type of repairs needed. Brake repair and replacements currently start at $173.50 and go up to $900.00. This pricing does not include taxes, fees, and does not factor in your unique location or related repairs that may also be needed.

How long does a brake repair or brake replacement take?

Under normal circumstances, brake repairs or replacement will take, on average, 1-2 ½ hours; however, based on the number of repairs, it could run a little longer.


Is it worth getting brakes done at the dealership?

Absolutely. The best place to have brake repair or replacement performed is at the dealership. A brake job or brake repairs at a dealership may cost a little more than other places because we use original Volvo parts, and labor usually bills out a little higher than independent shops due to our Volvo training, certifications and continuing education requirements that are required to work on your Volvo. Unlike independent shops, who may cut costs by using inferior aftermarket parts and non-certified technicians.

The automotive industry is constantly in a state of change. Every year, awesome new vehicles with new never-before-seen features are released. With all the recent rapid advancements in tech, these changes are happening more dramatically than they ever have before and it's best to have a knowledgeable and trustworthy Volvo certified tech from Patrick Volvo Cars work on your car or SUV.

The best advice is to bring it to us, our skilled service professionals can give you a quote customized for your car and its demands. Schedule your Care by Volvo maintenance at our Volvo repair shop today by calling 877-690-3124 or click "Schedule Service" below.

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This is where you belong, no matter how many miles your Volvo has traveled to get here. At Patrick Volvo Cars, you'll benefit from the expertise of our trained Volvo mechanics, the quality of Original Volvo Parts, and transparent, up-front pricing that fits you and your Volvo.

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