Just want to thank the people on this forum. Reading your posts and links, I was able to change my rotors and pads with no surprises - they work too. It saved me about 700 bucks and was actually fun.
Some of my observations as a newbie that may help someone else someday:
1) Reading the threads on the rotor allen bolt stripping scared the hell out of me, so I sprayed it with PB as soon as I got the wheel off. When it came time to remove the rotor: very easy.
2) The upper caliper bolt is very close to the brake line making it a pain to get a ratchet in there. Get a 2.5-5" extension and its no problem.
3) The bolts on the caliper retaining bracket (I'm unsure if this is what it is called) are on very, very tight. I had to rig an extension bar to my ratchet to loosen them. Have a breaker bar handy.
4) I didn't use the sensor that I bought.
1) I did not use anti-squeak. The guys at bavauto said it was unnecessary. I was always wondering though, how does applying a substance to the back of the pads, which are not involved in producing friction during the braking process, supposed to stop squeaking on the other side?
2) I called bavauto to asl about bedding the pads and the guy told me not to worry, just drive normally. I went to www.pagidusa.com
and they have a "Brake Pad bedding Procedure" they recommend you follow.
Oh yeah, what do you guys do with the old rotors?