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My 2001 s40 volvo brake pedal has minimal resistance when the vehicle is turned on.(very soft)

My 2001 s40 volvo brake pedal has minimal resistance when the vehicle is turned on. The car has the ability to stop however the brake pedal is very soft and only has about 25 percent resistance which is causing extended braking time. When the vehicle is turned off the resistance returns to a more acceptable position when brakes are applied. I have replaced the master cylinder, front and back brake pads and rotors. The rear right caliper has also been replaced and the lines have been bleed many times. I did see an improvement when bleeding right rear, right front, left rear, left front vs. both rear and then both front. Is there anyone who has had this problem? Any input would be greatly appreciated

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SOURCE: brakes

I've always bled those the conventional way. Have an assistant slowly press up and down on the brake pedal and hold down while you crack open the bleeder valve at the caliper and make sure you have a nice steady stream of fluid coming out with no air. I like to do it a couple of times to make sure there is no air in lines after I get the steady stream. Make sure you don't run out of fluid in your master cylinder (I know this could be a stupid comment).

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SOURCE: Frozen rear caliper

usually a bad bearing will cause a bad angle/pressure on the pad which causes caliper to get uneven pressure on piston. causing a freeze. other thing is bad alignment due to bad bushings on the control arms.

Posted on Oct 10, 2008

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SOURCE: volvo V70 1998 brake repair

They retract just like the front caliper pistons.

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SOURCE: brake pad change

yes, the process is the same. the ABS sensor isn't physically attached to any of the brake components, so don't sweat it. (please rate my answer)

Posted on Feb 02, 2009

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SOURCE: i replaced front brake pads on my 05 plate volvo v70 sport d5

hey log on to and click how to change brake pads it explains everything there.

Posted on Apr 02, 2009

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