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I just replaced the front pads on my 2004 325ci before reading that you should normally replace the rotors also. The reason I changed them is for a grinding noise on the front and the sensor had not turned on the light yet. The rotors were not scored and so I cleaned and put on the pads but I still have the noise when I apply the brakes.
Is there a way to tell if the rotors are warped? Could something else cause the brakes to grind?


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It is really hard to tell if the rotors are warped, because even when they are, the, um, nonplanarity is only fractions of a cm. What kind of grinding noise are you getting? If your rotors are warped, you may also experience a pulsating action when you try to come to a stop from around 40 - 50 mph.
 

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May not be your brakes...could be a front wheel bearing or you have a rust lip on the disc/rotor which catches the new pads...
 

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May not be your brakes...could be a front wheel bearing or you have a rust lip on the disc/rotor which catches the new pads...
It sounds like worn pads grinding on the rotor when I apply the brakes. Doesn't happen other times. Expected to see the pads about gopne but they had a little surface left. The rotors are not scored.
I have 2 rotors on the way because when i put the pads on the front left rotor would make a slight grinding sound when I hand spun it.

Any ideas of something other than brakes that might do this?

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Might be the back plate slightly bent and catching the disc/rotor, you will also get a grinding noise if your pads have gone hard, due to not being bedded in correctly.

When you spin the wheel, you said you can hear a grind is it a hit and miss grind, if it is the disc has a slight warp...
 

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The grinding was actually coming from the rear brakes. The passenger side pad was rubbing on the edge of the brackett, no where near the pad material. Seemed weird.
I replaced the rear pads and finally got my front rotors. I had to go with the slotted rotors because the standard were back ordered. Do the slotted rotors have to go on in any certain direction? They seem to make a slight vibration noise when braking hard and I didn't know if that is due to new pads and will go away or if that is the sound/feel of the slots?

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