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Old 09-08-2012, 05:33 PM
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Hey X3-terrestrial, are the OE pads metalics or ceramic? I'm in a pinch and need to do the job on the cheap, and dealership wants about $400-$410 just for parts for the front. I can get part from local Autozone for less that $200, but (obviously) worried about quality. Anyway, I get so much dust that I have a hard time believing the existing pads are ceramic, but then again we bought the car used, so no telling what the previous owner did. Thanks!
I'm planning on just buying StopTech pads. They're $77.95 for fronts and $55.95 for rears. I'm also planning on getting the StopTech rotors which are $152.95 for fronts and rears for $145. You can order them from modbargains.com
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:04 PM
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I replaced all 4 sets on my 2007 x3 when the brake indicator came on and tried your method of resetting the light but mine is still on. Am I going to have to replace the sensors to get the light out? Brakes work fine. If so, any good aftermarket replacements?
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:07 PM
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There are two sensors, you will need to replace the one(s) that was/were damaged and tripped the warning light.
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:07 PM
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Tires

Our 05 came with Pirelli Scorpions. Replaced them at 60K. Scorpions were about $1050. My buddy with a tire store sold me Pirelli P0s for about $650 and guaranteed that I would be happy. At 85 mph and getting hit with one of those instantaneous storms that sounds like your hitting a brick wall, the wheel was solid and the car performed flawlessly.
I'm sold.
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:48 PM
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Do you have a link for crown BMW?
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:58 AM
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Do you have a link for crown BMW?
It's been a while since I don't order from them (mostly ordering from my local dealer with the BMW CCA club discount) but it seems like they don't do e-business for parts anymore. You can give them a call or check out Tischer BMW at http://www.trademotion.com/partlocat...72&catalogid=0
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Old post, but I just followed your instructions and did my front brakes yesterday with no problem.
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Old 07-21-2013, 04:33 AM
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Nice..

some pointers..

use a flat tip to remove the clip..
use a flat tip when the cailber is still mounted to pry back in the pistion (between old inside pad and old rotor)
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Old 07-21-2013, 07:19 AM
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Old post, but I just followed your instructions and did my front brakes yesterday with no problem.
Glad this thread still helping, and beleive it or not, I'm at 132,000 miles and I haven't needed new brakes!
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Nice..

some pointers..
Thank you.
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Old 07-21-2013, 11:58 AM
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Yup, this DIY saved me at least $400 in labor....and I had lots of fun..
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Old 07-21-2013, 06:30 PM
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Compress caliper piston, to accomodate new thicker pads


Compressed piston:
Great job writing this up!! One small tip, while compressing your calipers use your old pad to evenly distribute force while pushing the caliper piston in... It can seize!!
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Old 07-21-2013, 06:40 PM
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Great job writing this up!! One small tip, while compressing your calipers use your old pad to evenly distribute force while pushing the caliper piston in... It can seize!!
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I think the British term is a cocked piston.
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Old 07-22-2013, 08:03 AM
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Glad this thread still helping, and beleive it or not, I'm at 132,000 miles and I haven't needed new brakes!


Thank you.
Did the rears at around 85K and the fronts are still good at 97K.

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Old 07-22-2013, 05:00 PM
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Having gone through brake job, I strongly recommend using bmw parts only... Went through 2 sets of rotors from eBay, both vibrated, finally bit the bullet and paid for oem rotors.. No vibration anymore.
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:01 PM
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Yup, I went with OEM rotors and pads...no issues here.
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:52 PM
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Didn't read the second page; maybe it was covered...
Get a can of brakekleen & spray those rotors down to remove the oil before mounting them. Oil & fresh pads don't mix.
I always use a very fine sandpaper on the pads before installation... breaks the glaze formed during manufacture & helps keep them from squealing.
Did all 4 rotors and pads on the wife's car this past weekend AND bled the system replacing the fluid with a fresh litre of brake fluid.
The fluid attracts water, & they recommend a flush every 2-3 years. The stuff I got out of her car after 7 years wasn't pretty. Wouldn't have been much longer before the calipers would try to seize due to internal rust.
If you don't know how to bleed brakes when you do a brake job, learn. I'll bet BMW rotors are pricey...
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Old 08-07-2013, 04:31 PM
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never bought OEM rotors...
never had issues..
have done more brake jobs then you have fingers and toes

Dont fool your self in to thinking that there is some special quality that comes with oem,Your paying for the name... and the coffee machine and the loaner car

if this was a conversation about main bearings or rod bearings... then id be singing a different tune

you spay the rotors right b4 you put the wheel on (last step)
never sand your pads..
very true brake fluid attract water

yes yes, learn to bleed properly...

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