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Old 08-03-2010, 02:28 AM
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97 740iL - Rear brake rotor replacement


Can anyone suggest how difficult it is for a DIY'er to replace the rear brake rotor and parking brake shoes?

Many thanks
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Old 08-04-2010, 04:45 PM
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I haven't had to change mine, so I couldn't tell you how hard it is to do on a 740, but the ones I've done on other cars have all been a pain to do. I don't know how much experience you have working on cars, so this is a difficult question to answer, but I will tell you that the parking brake shoes should never need to be changed unless you've been driving with the e-brake engaged, and with a gong, warning message, and "parking brake" light on the cluster, I don't see how anyone could miss it.
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Old 08-05-2010, 09:34 AM
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it's a really simple job, if you have done disc brakes on any other vehicle you should have no issues with this.

Check out our pricing on brakes on my website, we carry some great brands at great pricing.

Also we put together kits for the brakes to save you even more, for example we currently have a kit with e38 ATE brand front rotors, Akenbono Euro ceramic pads and a pad wear sensor for only 263 dollars for everything.

feel free to PM me if you need any assistance with parts for your e38.
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Old 08-06-2010, 06:01 PM
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Just go to E38.org and follow the instructions buddy. Its not hard at all.
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Old 08-07-2010, 06:23 AM
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It's a easy job! You should take the previous advice and look on e38.org. There you should find step by step instructions as well as pictures.

Good Luck.

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Old 08-07-2010, 05:37 PM
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Thanks for your help guys. Now its a matter of finding an hour or two in the day! The only reason I'm concerned about the park brake shoes is because one day I completely pulled the park brake handle out, with the brake still engaged, and as I didn't have any tools, I had to drive with the park brake quite firmly on to where I could find a pair of long nose pliers!
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