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Old 09-20-2005, 05:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Brakes Change on 740i

My dealer says my car needs new front brakes and rotors, it's a 2001 740i. I have seen the write up on the brake changes for the 3/5 series, but didn't see any for the 7. Questions:

1) Is the brake change essentially the same as the same model yr 5?
2) Are rotors always necessary? Dealer made it seem like it was mandatory.
3) Any other tips would be appreciated.

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I have not done a 740, but on the 750, the brake pad change is pretty straight forward. You take off wheel, remove anti-rattle spring, unscrew the slider bolts, pull the caliper and remove pads (left front outer pad has the brake sensor that can be pried out of the pad and reused, however, they are cheap so replacement is preferred). I would coat outer side of pad (not brake material) with a anti-squeal paste and as to rotors, if they are not vibrating (giving you a shudder through brake pedal as you brake), you can reuse them. They are not too pricey and if cost is not a issue I would replace them.
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Yup... I agree with the above post... its pretty much exactly the same besides part numbers... for the rotors and other intrinsic parts.

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