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Old 05-23-2008, 09:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all,

I am new to this site and also to BMW's and I was wondering if someone could help me out. I wanted to change the brakes pads and rotors on my BMW so I ordered all the parts and was all set but when I went to remove the lugnuts there is a center lugnut that I didn't know about so I am stuck.

Does anyone have an idea how to get that off?
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In general try these things
1 for something like removing a wheel, always consider your owners manual. It should be accurate for your exact model/yr. It will also explain use of the jack and the jacking points.

2 find and bookmark at least four forums, bimmerforums,e46fanatics,bmwcca(join the club) and get used to using them

3 try this diy link, lots of places have diy sections, google bmw diy,
this link is on changing e39 pads actually this is the home page just choose last one under maitenence, changing brake pads, it has pictures and blow by blow
there is no reason to ever reinvent the wheel on these cars today in the day of the web, its all been done and documented

BMW E39 DIY (Do It Yourself)

there is no center lugnut, I'm not sure to what you are refering
Best of luck
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Thanks Tom for the link and it has helped a lot.

The problem I had earlier was a bit of inexperience. After I removed the lugnuts, I was trying to pull the tire straight off instead of working it back and forth. When the tire would not come off, I looked at the center I thought that the star shaped thing was another bolt. I appreciate your help.


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when changing rotors and pads... you DO not need to take the center nut out. The center nut( and the star shaped lock that you mentioned are taken out only when servicing hubs and bearings.

In general, look for two retaining bolts that hold the brake caliper to teh caliper frame. The caliper then can be removed.

the caliper frame will also have two bolts to hold it to your hub assembly. Remove those two bolts and caliper frame thus can be removed exposing the rotor.

Rotor should come off easily. If not, it's rust that is holding the rotor-u can use a deadblow hammer to nudge it loose. OR ifyour rotor is the kind that has two 8mm holes right beside where the studs are, screw in 2 8mm bolts and you rotors will come off.

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