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Old 03-21-2006, 04:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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screechy brakes

its been doing it for a while. and the squeaking is loud and annoying, but it doesnt pull to the side when stopping or feel uneven, so i think the rotors are fine. so do i just need new pads?
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Old 03-21-2006, 09:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If it's your pads that are making that sound, you can't really say "it's my pads", because they are so worn..

Remember to get the wearsensors installed, to prevent this in the future, because you will screw up your rotors.
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my new theory on brakes is to replace everything when changing them, rotors are very cheap, you can find them for $40 on eBay.

so ride them til the very end !!! and just replace the rotors and you know your brakes are in perfect working order !!!
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ya, replacing just the pads on bmws should also consist of replacing the rotors.

for one, your ride will most likely turn out squeakier than before.

secondly, your rotors could already be warped causing you to have to replace both parts at an enhanced pace.

like walshja said, replace them both and you will never have any problems
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I worked at Les schwab and did brakes there, if your "pads" are squeeking its most likly digging into your rotor. There were so many people that came in with the same complaint as you, and the rotors were shot. I would say replace it all.
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will do. thanks guys
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not yet. i dont have any jackstands. my friend has a dsm though so he has like 5 pairs, lol. ill borrow one of his.
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Replacing the rotors every time you change your pads is a waste of money.
Try doing that with an M3 every 8000 miles
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Replacing the rotors every time you change your pads is a waste of money.
Try doing that with an M3 every 8000 miles

your replacing your brake pads every 8000 miles? Ever think about taking the emergency brake off when you drive??
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I dont think you should replace your rotors everytime you do a simple pad slap, but if it is digging into the rotor you should replace them not just turn them.
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i hear a screeching noise every now and then when it's cold, but i just replaced my front pads myself...a stealer replaced my rear pads i think so i could pass inspection...not sure if they did the rotors. But i think the noise is coming from the front? If my brakes were going bad, they should be screeching all the time right?
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Yes Tochenzo

Mine squeal when it's cold and they are in fine shape. Although Shahid has convinced me to change them out for Zimmerman's anyway.
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