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Old 05-25-2012, 12:18 PM
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Brake Pop or Click But Only Once

Replaced my brake pads last Fall, all four wheels, w/ Akebono ceramic pads (@ 60K miles, 2005 330i vert). A month or two after installation, I started hearing a pop or a click from the left front wheel, but only the first time I apply the brakes after shifting the car into forward or reverse. After the first pop, it does not occur again (until I shift in the other direction). Brakes seem to work fine otherwise.

I searched and read numerous threads on brake noise, and on several occasions the OP is asked "does this only occur once after you shift from forward to reverse or vice versa?" but the OP's answer is always "no," so I have not seen what their answer would have been. My answer is YES. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

P.S. I checked the brake caliper pin and it is secure, so no easy fix there.
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Old 05-25-2012, 02:53 PM
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P.S. I checked the brake caliper pin and it is secure, so no easy fix there.
Did you remove the tracks that hold the pads? I had an issue where one of the 2 bolts that held the carrier on backed out and caused a "clunk" on first braking. Get under there with a wrench and check the 2 bolts that hold the carrier.
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Old 05-25-2012, 03:02 PM
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Also make sure nothing is binding. Check to see if the pads are wearing evenly. If not, the piston may be binding a little.

I also have an '05 and upon last brake inspection, the rubber boots/seals on my calipers are looking dry and one is brittle. I'm going to rebuild all four of them with new seals soon.
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