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Old 03-04-2004, 11:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I need to replace the brake pads on my 95 318ti. I have done it on many other cars but none with ABS. Before I tackle such a project, can someone tell me if there is anything that is either different from normal (non ABS) disk brakes or if there are any tricks?

Is is recommended that I take it to someone to do this or can I handle it my self (ie. no special tools needed, no super secret tricks). Thanks again for the information and I love this site and the information that you all provide!

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Old 03-04-2004, 01:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Should be like a normal brake job. No tricks here.
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yeah simple break job is all it needs , if you run into problems post them up and I, or someone else can walk you through it..
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go for it brother....... you've got it in the bag... changing brakes is the easiest job there is..... don't forget to use a C-clamp to compress the calipers piston back in so you can re-install the upper caliper over your newer larger brake pads...
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don't forget to use a C-clamp to compress the calipers piston back in so you can re-install the upper caliper over your newer larger brake pads...
you mean channel locks right
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Actually bimmerfan620 is right you want to use a C-clamp and the old brake pad to return the piston back in to the caliper bore. The problem with channel locks you can leave teeth marks on the caliper and possibly cocked the piston if your not careful going in and damage the inner seal then you will have to rebuild the calipers. Another tip is to remove a small amount of brake fluid before applying pressure to the brake piston. That way the fluid doesn't spill out on to your engine compartment if it happens to want to over flow.
Only put back new fresh brake fluid. Don't mix brake fluid types also use whatever you removed. More likely DOT 3 fluid.
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Yeah it's pretty simple..you got it locked down.

At one point just press start and then press both triggers...O, O, X, triangle, X, X, O, square and do a full circle starting from the left and going counter clock wise..

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no wait that's the GTA all weapons code..

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how much of a bitch is it to change to stainless brakelines?
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i know on my 325 u gotta replace the brake sensors too, just sure if you have that on yours but its easy to see you will have a wire coming out of your caliper (it goes into the actual pad to detect wear)
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