Time to do a brake job of the DW's 2001 325CiC. Good news is that I can do all the wrenching myself, bad news is I know nothing of which brands to look at to ensure quality components.
Basically, I am not trying to up grade the brakes at all. The car's limits already exceed what my wife will ever test - she does not drive the car hard. Nevertheless, I want nothing less than OE performance.
I know brands like Brembo. I don't know AKEBONO, ATE, Hawk, Satisfied, Mintex, Pagid, etc-etc. Do not need slotted, drilled, milled, spilled, or filled rotors.
I see Brembo and ATE offer what appear to be stock replacement rotors so I assume either of those brands will be just fine. If there is another brand that is better please let me know.
Pads: what's the stock compound type? Semi metalic? Ceramic? Only thing I know about the stock pads is they generate an impressive amount of brake dust.
Just need a stock replacement pad that performs as well as the OE pads. If they perform as well (again, this car is not driven hard so I don't need a compound to reduce fade) as stock and produce less dust that's a bonus.
I've read a number of threads regarding rotor/pad replacements - not too horrible of a job it seems. Brake wear lamp has not come on yet so I am assuming I can reuse the sensors. If your experience says "just replace the sensors" please let me know.
Also, when pushing the pistons back into the calipers do you open the bleed cock or leave it closed?
Finally, proper wheel lug torque is important to prevent rotor warping - what's the torque settig for the lugs?
Sure appreciate any feedback you may have.