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Old 08-20-2004, 12:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My brake pad sensor went off, so how much life is left on the pads in %? Example 30% 1994 325. Thanks
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when mine went off I had about 20-25% but I rode on them for about 2 weeks after the sensor went off
don't know if that helps but hey hopefuly

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I'd either go ahead and replace the brakes or at least take the worn sensor out of the brake pad, it will cut a considerable groove in your rotor and it will take about 2-3 weeks for that groove to even out after you get new pads. This means less braking power for 2-3 weeks after you get new pads.
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Best thing to do is:

1. Replace Brake Pads
2. Replace Brake pad sensors
3. Replace/Flush brake fluid
4. Check rotor thickness.

check out:
E36 DIY

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Ive seen the brake sensors for the E36 at pelicanparts.com

$12 each i think. Some places reccomend to replace them even if the brake light doesnt go on. My car was just inspected at the dealership and i supposely have 5% on my rear brakes but the sensor is not on, so im assuming its broken or the dealership is full of shit. They wanted $300 for a brake job.

I just bought some Hawk HPS brake pads from bimmerworld.com (best price i could find) for my 94 325is.
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Best thing to do is:

1. Replace Brake Pads
2. Replace Brake pad sensors
3. Replace/Flush brake fluid
4. Check rotor thickness.

Of course you'd want to check the rotor thickness... before you do all of that.. just so if you need new rotors.. you can get them installed.. and noy be doing work twice.
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My bad. ghead

yes, check the rotor thickness first.

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The minimum thickness for E36 rear rotors are as follows:



Solid:* * * * * * 8.4mm

Vented:* * * * 17.4mm

M3 Vented:* 18.4mm
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http://www.smithnet.ca/bmwclub_faqs/e36_re...rakes/start.htm



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Re: What's the minimum rotor thickness for a 328i?


According to the Bentley: 20.4mm (.803 in.) and 8.4mm (.331 in.) rear.
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http://bimmer.roadfly.org/bmw/forums/e36/4881141-2.html
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Thanks for the replys, I'm trying to get the dealer to pay for the brakes. I put 200 miles on car and the sensor went off, dealer inspection report said I had 70% left.
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They will probably just say its a faulty sensor, or that your driving is too "spirited" :wink

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