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Old 11-20-2012, 08:35 PM
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how to guide for brakes

so i bought a kit with the sensor rotors and pads, but im trying to save what i can,
so i need a detailed how to guide on how to do this....

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Old 11-21-2012, 06:34 AM
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Do a search, this has been covered many times. Good luck.

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Old 11-22-2012, 03:58 AM
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I changed the brakes and rotors on my 2005 X5 last spring. I found changing the brakes on the BMW very straightforward. (I helped a neighbor once replace the brakes on his Fiat Spyder in the 80s. What a pain that was; the worse brake design I ever came across.) Getting the spring clips off and back on the BMW calipers is kind of a trick. Once you have that mastered the rest is simple unbolt and bolt on. Most of my time was spent on cleaning. A lot of brake dust is hidden in those calipers. Here's a tip- I smear at thin film of anti-sieze compound on the face of the rotors where they meet the wheels. The wheels won't be so tough to remove next time. (I had to beat each wheel with a rubber mallet to break them loose from the rotors. The wheels had been on a while. I don't practice tire rotation. The tires wear perfectly all the way around so I leave them alone.) Also flush the brake fluid when you change the brakes. This is a good time to do it since you can get to the bleeders more easily with the wheels off. My last note- use a torque wrench and torque all of the bolts to spec when reassembling. That is important. Brakes are important. You can search the forums for the proper torque specs.

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