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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 11-27-2012, 06:54 PM
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How can you tell when you need new brake pads?
Do the breaks squeek?
Or is it based on mileage?

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Old 11-27-2012, 11:17 PM
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:49 AM
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How can you tell when you need new brake pads?
Do the breaks squeek?
Or is it based on mileage?

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Typically trips a brake pad wear sensor, which throws this warning light:

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Old 11-28-2012, 09:28 AM
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I recently noticed another thing that brake dust has tainted, my b pillars on each side have a nice dusting on them. Grey cloth + brake dust= ugly. I think since our cars have vented brakes the airflow is pushing the dust out of the wheel onto everything.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:07 AM
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Typically trips a brake pad wear sensor, which throws this warning light:

Thats Good to know I have heard several different ways that's probably the easiest way I have seen, Thanks for the help.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:13 AM
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Typically trips a brake pad wear sensor, which throws this warning light:

Thank you, I have heard several ways to check but this is the easiest by far
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:12 PM
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Smolck, what's the skinny? Which pads have you chosen, and how do you like them so far?
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:59 PM
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I know, I FEEL your pain,I don't think theres a solution, if u find 1 let us know
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:09 PM
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Akebono Euro pads have zero dust and great stopping power. Use coupon code COLUMBUS10 for 10% off and free shipping at FCPEURO.com. Cheapest price for these brakes.
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:12 PM
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Smolck, what's the skinny? Which pads have you chosen, and how do you like them so far?
Still on the same pads. Getting close to 40k miles on them. They are Pagids and I am impressed. Though I am more than likely going with the Green pads from EBC soon. Still get insane dust for now........But I can stop on a dime and give 9 cents change!
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Old 12-01-2012, 10:58 PM
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Smolk i just picked up a beautiful 2006 zhp convertable in south carolina and drove it back to Texas.
Went through your fine city and DAMN lots of windy crappy highways anf freeways there ! I can see where you use your brakes harder than normal
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Old 12-01-2012, 11:01 PM
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Since the brake dust is really graphite dust you can get brakes that dont use as much graphite or use a different composite?
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