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Old 11-03-2011, 07:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Help Help Help!! Bmw E46 330 Front Brake issues

I need help!!
I currently own a 2001 E46 330 sport and have done for the past year.
I am now on my 3rd set of brake discs and pads as they keep warping!! (its getting expensive) I have had two sets of standard a/m discs (Bosch) which both have warped and now running a set of Black diamond combi (drilled and grooved discs/pads) the Black diamond Discs have now warped causing nasty brake judder, I have followed each running in interval to the mile and more, and made sure not to apply the brakes when stationary in traffic.

Its getting to the point now where I am thinking of selling the car
Either that or upgrading the front brakes to a big brake conversion. (I have been looking at the Ksport kits)

Can anyone please advise me of any known issues, or if anyone else has experienced the same problems and found a cure?!

Any help will be appreciated.

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Warping is typically a byproduct of heating and cooling. This typically happens over a long period of time. Is your car exposed to any kind of extreme heat on a regular basis?

Have you checked to see if your front calipers are operating correctly?

What kind of brake pads are you using?
Have you tried OEM brake parts? They're typically more compatible with each other as well as your car.
Did you bleed your brakes recently?

There are many different factors and reasons why this might happen.
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Welcome to the Werkz.

Are you sure that the issue lies with the rotors and pads and not part of the suspension which can generate a similar shudder through the steering? Just a thought.
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your driving must be manic to go through that amount of pads! how many miles to a set?either that or your buying cheap shit parts,packaged as the real thing.
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I think its your tie-rod ends as these give the very same symptoms ;-)
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"minadoss" has a good point, a sticking caliper will definitely cause these symptoms.
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also if your tires are out of round or have excecive road force.
also if your rims are bent or kinked that could make it seem like the rotors are warped
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Sticking caliper - Take her for a run, then stop and "feel" the rim... If warm/hot then then sticking piston(s) in the caliper... Otherwise, check tie-rods...
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