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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 09-11-2013, 04:42 AM
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This crew requires spelling and punctuation,
I write just fine.

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Old 09-11-2013, 04:48 AM
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Old 09-14-2013, 02:12 PM
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Update for all those who were subscribed to this one.
I installed $65/ea Zimmerman rotors and reused my existing brake pads.
The steering wheel shimmy seems to be gone when braking.
So, it looks like the rotors were toast after 30k highway miles.
I do not know what brand they were, from the PO.
$125 total so I got off cheap on this one, and avoided dropping $700 for control/thrust arms + labor.

I have 3 questions, however.

1) I think I broke my Craftsman 3/8" ratchet.
I tried a dead blow hammer on it to try to break the 18mm caliper bolts.
(I ended up turning the wheels and using a pipe)
Maybe this is an excuse to upgrade to a better 88 tooth 3/8" ratchet, since it's such a core tool.
I don't need prof. tools, Craftsman and the HF have been perfect for my ability and experience.
Do you think it's worth upgrading to an 88 tooth 3/8" ratchet?
If yes, which one is a good sweet spot for price/value? I need a 3/8" ratchet either way.

2) I bedded the brakes. Is there any way the brakes can be more soft/spongy after replacing rotors?
I wonder if I just never slam the brakes (especially with the vibration), so maybe this is fine?
I have at least 1/2 the pad thickness left, yet I feel like if I stomped the pedal, I could reach the carpet.
Could I have introduced some air pocket when I opened the master cylinder cap when I pushed the caliper back?
In fact, I might have forgotten to open the cap when I pushed the first wheel's pad back in just a little bit with a C-clamp. (since thicker rotor)
(Is that a problem?)

3) When I was done, I spun each wheel to see if there was interference.
Passenger wheel spins freely.
Driver's wheel makes a scraping sound (brake pads?) and stops pretty quickly.
Which one is wrong or bad?
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Old 09-14-2013, 02:48 PM
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Did you thoroughly clean the brake carrier & guide pins? If you didn't you need to take it apart and clean them really good. Rust etc. will cause the brakes to stick. That is something you don't want. Did you check that the dust shields on brake calipers were good? Drivers side isn't right, it should be like the passenger side is.

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Old 09-14-2013, 07:03 PM
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As for the spinning wheels, I think the first one was freewheeling b/c the pad piston was still compressed.
After I drove it around, both wheels now spin with a little "grind" from the pads.
One spins a little more than the other, but the difference is not nearly as big anymore.
So, whatever.
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Old 09-14-2013, 07:51 PM
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and reused my existing brake pads
BAD!

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88 tooth 3/8" ratchet,
Been wrenching for a long long long time.. AND IVE NEVER ever ever ever heard anyone say something as crazy as this?

I understand what your saying.. but really? where do you get this stuff from man

Hk, huskey... all good stuff.. craftsman aint have bad as well... but you needed a 1/2 drive
or a quility wrench
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Old 09-14-2013, 08:06 PM
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Tasty!
http://www.matcotools.com/catalog/pr...TOOTH-RATCHET/
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Old 09-14-2013, 09:49 PM
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Craftsman hand tools are warranted forever. Take your broken ratchet to any Sears store and ask for a replacement. I don't think they always giv out new replacements, it might be a rebuilt, but it's better Han a broken ratchet. Just make sur u meets your basic needs...handle length, number of teeth, etc.



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Old 09-15-2013, 06:55 AM
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Craftsman hand tools are warranted forever. Take your broken ratchet to any Sears store and ask for a replacement. I don't think they always giv out new replacements, it might be a rebuilt, but it's better Han a broken ratchet. Just make sur u meets your basic needs...handle length, number of teeth, etc.



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My experience has been that the sales guy just tells me to get another one off the rack and we do the swap. Easy day.
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Old 09-15-2013, 06:58 AM
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Yea, that's what I just did. I even got upgraded from the basic 3/8" to this one off the rack (more teeth, slim profile)
http://www.sears.com/craftsman-3-8-i...0&AID=11042411
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Old 09-15-2013, 07:47 AM
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Econo how did you bed the brakes? Did you slam on them to come to a stop? What procedure did you follow? Please tell me you weren't slamming on new brakes?
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Old 09-15-2013, 03:36 PM
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I went from about 40+mph to about 15mph about 15 times.
http://zeckhausen.com/bedding_in_brakes.htm
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Old 09-15-2013, 04:47 PM
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Ok cool I read slam on the brakes and I had other ideas. I don't agree completely with those instructions. I have had great luck just the way you did it. Up to 40 down to almost stop and back up over and over.
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Old 09-15-2013, 06:10 PM
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Old 09-16-2013, 07:41 AM
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I have at least 1/2 the pad thickness left, yet I feel like if I stomped the pedal, I could reach the carpet.
Take your car to a professional. Brakes could save your life.

Or try bleeding to see if it gets better. But don't drive with suspect brakes.

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