I've been hearing so many conflicting facts about this that I want to kill myself.
I have heard that european cars rotors should not be resurfaced.
I have heard that all cars need rotors resurfaced with new pads.
Is there supposed to be an indication sensor for my brake lights?
At what mm should I replace the rotors?
Basically, I've noticed that my stopping power has gone down tremendously. And at 40+ speeds when I brake, the steering wheel jerks left & right slightly, which from what i've heard means warped rotors.
If your rotors are warped then yes, buy new ones. Resurfacing doesn't need to be done to try to correct noise/squeal, cosmetic corrosion, routine pad replacement, discoloration, or hard spots... All it will do is unnecessarily shorten the life of your rotors. Brake rotors should only be turned when one of the following rotor surface conditions exist: severe scoring, pulsation/thickness variation (small warping), or excessive corrosion on the braking surfaces
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BMW rotors aren't made much thicker than they need to be, so usually resurfacing them will leave you with too puny a rotor (I believe the minimum thickness is 8mm -- etched on the side of some rotors).
The sensor for the brake lights is on the brake pedal, not the brakes themselves.
There are two pad wear sensors on your car -- one for each axle. I usually replace the sensor when I replace my pads and rotors, but doing so is not really necessary unless the wear pad indicator light was activated before you changed the pads.
Lastly, while you are working on your brakes, I would recommend that you replace the caliper guide pin bushings. The factory bushings are rubber, and if they are worn, might be the reason for your left-right wiggles. You can just replace them with factory rubber bushings, or buy brass bushings, which have no play and will ensure your pads wear evenly. All this stuff shall be available from whomever you buy your other brake parts.
Daniel with those caliper guide bolts, I can just add them now right? I changed my brakes a while ago, but they have plenty of life left. I have changed every front end bushing, tierods, ball joints, etc, but still get some shaking when braking. I also heard of some guibo or something thats part of the steering mechanism that can affect the shaking also, but that sounds hard to get to.
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You should be able to change them without a problem. Even if you were to take the entire thing apart, it would just be a matter of putting everything back together. You won't be pushing the caliper piston back in, so it's no big deal. In fact, I think you won't even have to remove the calipers...
i work at a honda dealership as a technician and at honda we do resurface rotors, however i own a 328is and since we have a bmw dealership in our franchise i get my parts at a discounted rate. i would suggest using bmw parts, factory that is. the rotors are soft and the pads bite well enough for even aggressive driving (my fronts are vented). unless you want a huge upgrade to like the brembo gt brake kit, stick with stock stuff. otherwise youll end up with nothing but noise
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I have been seeing people using good quality BMW brake pads on their cars which does not resort to resurfacing,i dont think,resurfacing is the best way to make your beak pads perform at its best,as in many cases it only increases the possibility to corrosion.Thus it shortens the service life of your pad.BMW Brake Pads
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