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F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016)
The sixth generation of the BMW 5 Series Sedan (F10) was produced from 2011 - 2016 with LCI updates arriving in 2014. In the US BMW offered a hatchback 5 Series Gran Truismo (F07) and the rest of the world also go a Station Wagon/Touring version F11.

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Old 10-03-2016, 09:58 AM
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Rear Brake Pads in 30 Miles

Car calling for rear brake pads needed in 30 miles.

Any way these photos do or don't show same?

If so, any recommended pads and/or retailers?

Thanks and happy motoring!
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Old 10-03-2016, 02:12 PM
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Pads show far more than 30 miles. Several thousand most likely. The worry is with a sliding caliper arrangement and only 1 wear sensor on 4 pads if there is uneven wear on the inner pads "chancing it" could cause metal on metal at some point.

A little more corrosion than I would have expected on a car of this age.

Are you DIYing?
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Old 10-03-2016, 02:14 PM
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If all 4 pads look that good then run it as is and take a peek in 1000 miles. That is a lot of pad.
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Old 10-03-2016, 05:00 PM
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Pads show far more than 30 miles. Several thousand most likely. The worry is with a sliding caliper arrangement and only 1 wear sensor on 4 pads if there is uneven wear on the inner pads "chancing it" could cause metal on metal at some point. A little more corrosion than I would have expected on a car of this age. Are you DIYing?
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If all 4 pads look that good then run it as is and take a peek in 1000 miles. That is a lot of pad.
Thanks for your replies, Gentlemen!

Yes, not sure why so much corrosion; car did sit at dealer 20k miles ago for engine replacement, however, after which I first noticed same. :|

Not DIYing, but planning to purchase the pads and take to indy for install; just don't trust indy with ordering OE.

So, between the two outer and two inner pads, there's just one sensor, meaning that one pad could be lower than that pictured? :|

Getting conflicting info; some saying I have time, others saying I don't. Indy I brought it to today checked the same wheel stating very low as well.

On the conservative side of that stated here I'd have 3k miles left; miles I'd like to utilize; guess I can buy pads now and have them ready for install in 2k miles' time.

Wondering, however, why no diminution in performance and no noise indication. Is the iDrive CBS info the only notice that the brakes have worn, aside from visual?

Also, to better understand, is the actual meat left indicated with the yellow arrow and the metal with the red one?

Thanks again!
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Old 10-04-2016, 09:34 AM
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One further question: Is there any way to tell from the photos how much rotor life I have left?

This will be the first time Iím doing brake work out of pocket, and from what I recall, the brakes had been replaced once all around when the car was under the factory maintenance plan.

If not mistaken, I also recall that when brakes are done under the factory maintenance plan, rotors are always replaced along with the pads, whereas the traditional rule of thumb is for rotors need to be replaced every other brake job. Therefore, I should be okay replacing them upon the next brake job?

Thanks again and happy motoring all!
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Old 10-04-2016, 09:51 AM
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Get the minimum specs and measure them.

Use something like this.

http://www.harborfreight.com/6-in-lo...per-60248.html

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Old 10-04-2016, 04:57 PM
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Thanks!

Picked up pads and rotors and sensor today from dealer.

Parts dept. said I can return the rotors if my indy states I don't need same.

Also came across these two good reads:

http://independentmotorcars.com/2008...he-brake-pads/

https://www.quora.com/Why-are-brake-...d-individually
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Thanks!

Picked up pads and rotors and sensor today from dealer.

Parts dept. said I can return the rotors if my indy states I don't need same.

Also came across these two good reads:

http://independentmotorcars.com/2008...he-brake-pads/

https://www.quora.com/Why-are-brake-...d-individually
I totally disagree with the second link. He sounds like the type that would replace just one bad shock as opposed to replacing in pairs; as is the correct way.

Some things that shouldn't be skimped on as they affect quality of life... Tires, brakes, suspension, shoes, mattresses and pillows.
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Old 10-04-2016, 11:05 PM
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Old 10-06-2016, 08:54 PM
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Update:

Rear rotors state 22.4 mm for minimum thickness.

Now need to measure.
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Old 12-03-2016, 02:30 PM
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To follow up:

I purchased rear brake pads and a sensor from a dealer and had an indy replace same, but still seeing the red brake warning message.

Went back into the shop and was told that I need to drive for 10 miles or so before it resets.

Thought the sensor was plug and play such that once replaced, it doesnít trigger the warning. Can someone please clarify.

Shop said if the message doesnít clear, Iíd need to bring it back so the system can be reset. Annoyed I may need to return, but want to return with the correct info, so please advise.

Thank you!
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Old 12-03-2016, 04:01 PM
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Just figured out the system will not reset itself and that you need to 'turn the key' to AUX, hold down the ODO button until CBS service items show and reset each needing reset by holding down the ODO button for each item needing reset. Thanks!
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Old 12-04-2016, 10:57 AM
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Update:

Rear rotors state 22.4 mm for minimum thickness.

Now need to measure.
Just wondering what size rotors you have? My rotors are 345/24 & I read that my minimum thickness would be 21.6 mm. I read I can calculate my minimum thickness by minusing 2.4mm from the new thickness of 24mm. I am driving a 550ix though. thanks
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Old 12-04-2016, 11:40 PM
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Just wondering what size rotors you have? My rotors are 345/24 & I read that my minimum thickness would be 21.6 mm. I read I can calculate my minimum thickness by minusing 2.4mm from the new thickness of 24mm. I am driving a 550ix though. thanks
Thanks for your message.

Sorry, but not sure of their size.

They are what is standard on a 2011 750Li xDrive.
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