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X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 05-06-2014, 09:47 PM
Mmcwilliams Mmcwilliams is offline
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Question on Front brake pad replacement

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2008 X5 with 3.0 engine.
I have just had the brake pad warning light come on. Have to replace the pads and disc/rotors do i need to replace the sensor as well.
Any suggestions on which type of pads /rotors to use not looking to upgrade just straight replacement.
Any help and advice would be welcome.
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Old 05-08-2014, 08:52 AM
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tim330i tim330i is offline
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Welcome to Bimmerfest. I've moved your thread over to the X5 forum for you so you can get advice from other X5 owners. You will need to replace your sensor, they're about $10 I believe. A bunch of our sponsors sell brake replacements that are at or above OEM level for less.


Good luck,
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Old 05-08-2014, 10:00 AM
FredoinSF FredoinSF is offline
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Question on Front brake pad replacement

As stated, you will need a new sensor. The newer styles are more than $10 from what I recall from my E90, about $30 if I recall correctly.
If you are DIY, you will need to reset the warning after replacing the sensor. The procedure is similar to resetting oil change interval, google it and you will see plenty of you tube videos. Same procedure for many mid 2000 and up models, so it does not have to be X5 specific.
www.oembimmerparts.com is a popular part vendor on E46 side of the house. The owner's name is Max and he gets lots of kudos for good pricing, fast shipping and response to inquiries.

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Old 05-08-2014, 12:30 PM
ard ard is offline
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^^ Yup


I like Centric rotors and BMW pads... unless you want to accomplish something else with a pad choice
Keep it as simple as possible...but no simpler.
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Old 05-14-2014, 08:21 AM
ViperBoy2 ViperBoy2 is offline
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Definitely need to replace the sensor once the alert goes off. You might be able to keep the rear if replacing at the same time and it is not worn. Go for Akebono pads all around - completely clean and match the bite of stock. Centric pads are noticeably weaker
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Old 05-14-2014, 08:36 AM
Hd2000fxdl Hd2000fxdl is offline
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Just wondering, is this an assumtion that you also need to replace the Rotors, have you measured them??

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