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Old 11-29-2005, 11:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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HELP!! Break Job!

Hey Guys! I'm new to this forum but I would love it if I could get some help! My break indicator light came on so of course I need new breaks. So first off I need suggestions of what to put on besides the factory ones because the break dust that comes off of them is way to much. Second I need to know the basic way of changing the BMW breaks. I have working on various other cars but never a BMW. So I was wondering if anyone had any tricks they could share with me! Thanks guys!
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Hey Guys! I'm new to this forum but I would love it if I could get some help! My break indicator light came on so of course I need new breaks. So first off I need suggestions of what to put on besides the factory ones because the break dust that comes off of them is way to much. Second I need to know the basic way of changing the BMW breaks. I have working on various other cars but never a BMW. So I was wondering if anyone had any tricks they could share with me! Thanks guys!

You really should consider getting a "brake job" not a "break job".
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Aren't you just the funny one!
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Old 11-29-2005, 03:53 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hey Guys! I'm new to this forum but I would love it if I could get some help! My break indicator light came on so of course I need new breaks. So first off I need suggestions of what to put on besides the factory ones because the break dust that comes off of them is way to much. Second I need to know the basic way of changing the BMW breaks. I have working on various other cars but never a BMW. So I was wondering if anyone had any tricks they could share with me! Thanks guys!
Tools Needed:
Jack
Jack Stands
7mm Allen Wrench
Tools included in your trunk.
Bungee cord or anything you can use to support the brake caliper after unbolting it
Gloves (optional)
Estimated time: 1.5 hours


1. These instructions are for the driver's side front rotor. The others' are easier to replace.
2. Open your hood and loosen the brake fluid cap. Do not leave it open as brake fluid may spill out.
3. Loosen the lug bolts on the wheel.
4. Jack up the car and use a jack stand to support the car. Take the wheel off to expose the brake rotor.
5. You will need to remove a clip. Use a screwdriver and pry it off.
6. After removing the clip, look behind the calipers. There will be black cap. These caps can be easily removed with your hands.
7. After removing the caps, (2) 7mm hex bolts will be exposed. Use the 7mm allen wrench to remove these.
8. Wiggle the brake caliper to get it off the rotor. Do not force it. After it has come off the rotor, use the bungee cord to support it or you can rest it on something. This is to prevent putting weight on the brake wires and brake pad sensor.
9. To remove this sensor, use a thin flat head screw driver and pry it out of the socket. Avoid puncturing the line the sensor is attached to.
10. Do not lose this clip. The clip will be reused on your new brake pads to hold the sensor.
11. Take the old pad off and reuse the clip on the new pad. Pop the sensor back in and pop the new brake pads in.
12. Clip the caliper back on the rotor.
13. Put the spring clip back on the caliper.
14. Put the 7mm hex bolts back on and tighten them. Put the caps back on and you're done.
15. The sensors only reside on the driver's side front and passenger side rear. The other rotors do not have the sensors so you can skip steps 8 through 10 for the other two calipers. Remember to tighten the brake fluid cap.
I hope this will help. Enjoy work on your "breaks" LOL...
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Old 11-29-2005, 08:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I put on PBR metal masters when I changed the pads on our 325i. They haven't produced anywhere near the amount of dust that the OEM ones did.
I got mine from stopshopanddrive.com as they were along the lines of everywhere else, but they had free shipping on orders over $50. I also got new rotors from them as well, so that saved quite a bit of money
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Just curious I know that BMW doesn't turn rotors, they just replace them after they wear down to a certain thickness. The only thing I don't know and was wondering if you did was what that thickness is and how often do you change the rotors on yours?
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Thanks for the heads up! I will have to look into those because I can't stand the brake dust that I get with the current pads I have.l
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Is it neccessary to change your rotors once you change your brake pads? I notice that BImmer dealers usually does this. But Im certain that a rotor does not wear out that quick. When is the best time or interval to change your rotors?
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