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Old 09-08-2019, 08:51 AM
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Difficulty of doing brake job on a 328i

I have a 2015 328i M sport with about 85k miles on it. The BMW dealer did a front brake job about 18 months ago and at the time said it was also down to about 40% on the rear brakes. The dealer replaced both the front rotors and pads because they said BMW did not recommend machining the rotors. However, the pulsating sensation from my brakes is back now and my guess is that it might be front brakes again. And I assume I'm also very close to needing rear brakes.

I've done brake jobs mulitiple times on other vehicles, but they were older and generally simpler designs than the BMW. If I buy the parts and do the brakes myself, are there any unique aspects of the work (there always seems to be something with BMW), and where do you recommend buying the parts? I have purchased other parts from FCP Euro, and they list several choices for brake kits. I also have the BMW/Bentley shop manual for my car.

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Old 09-08-2019, 09:16 AM
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I have a 2015 328i M sport with about 85k miles on it. The BMW dealer did a front brake job about 18 months ago and at the time said it was also down to about 40% on the rear brakes. The dealer replaced both the front rotors and pads because they said BMW did not recommend machining the rotors. However, the pulsating sensation from my brakes is back now and my guess is that it might be front brakes again. And I assume I'm also very close to needing rear brakes.



I've done brake jobs mulitiple times on other vehicles, but they were older and generally simpler designs than the BMW. If I buy the parts and do the brakes myself, are there any unique aspects of the work (there always seems to be something with BMW), and where do you recommend buying the parts? I have purchased other parts from FCP Euro, and they list several choices for brake kits. I also have the BMW/Bentley shop manual for my car.



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Bruce


I am not sure is there anything specific to F30, but my E70 X5 with EPB was simpler than my current Toyota Sienna.


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Old 09-08-2019, 09:22 AM
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Its a cake walk but make sure you get the new brake wear sensors. I purchased a rotor and pad kit for my kids BMW, it took less than an hour for all 4 corners.

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If you've successfully done other brake work you'll be fine, once you get the wheels off! Corrosion is very common around the hubs, so add a coat of anti-seize to the hub lip & wheel center bore when reinstalling them.
FCPEuro is a good choice - their lifetime replacement guarantee will make it the last brake kit you'll pay for. There are also videos to help acquaint you with the process - check the Kies Motorsports channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcX...J8fPA2P09lcG2w
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Old 09-08-2019, 11:22 AM
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However, the pulsating sensation from my brakes is back now and my guess is that it might be front brakes again. And I assume I'm also very close to needing rear brakes.
if the pulsation is transferred into the steering wheel...its the front brakes. if its transferred into the brake pedal its the rear brakes
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Old 09-08-2019, 12:29 PM
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Thanks very much for all the quick input. It looks like I'll be doing it myself. The price for parts will certainly beat the $1200 that Alexandria BMW charged for a brake job with front pads and rotors.

I looked at FCP Euro, and also at the Powerstop Z23 brake kit that is sold by Rock Auto. Is there any reason to go for one of these vs. the other? FCP Euro seems very reliable, but the Powerstop kits also get good reviews.

Sidebar - The kind of complications I have run into with other cars is the 2005 Ford Mustang GT rear calipers where the pistons have to be rotated at the same time they are compressed to get them back into the caliper. And the brake tool sold by most places is just a small cube with nubs that fit into notches on the piston. It takes some finesse to rotate the tool and compress the piston at the same time.

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Vibration can have more than one cause. If your rotors are new up front then the most likely cause is a worn bushing in a suspension part. A clicking /knocking when starting off or braking is commonly a ball joint.


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Thanks very much for all the quick input. It looks like I'll be doing it myself. The price for parts will certainly beat the $1200 that Alexandria BMW charged for a brake job with front pads and rotors.

I looked at FCP Euro, and also at the Powerstop Z23 brake kit that is sold by Rock Auto. Is there any reason to go for one of these vs. the other? FCP Euro seems very reliable, but the Powerstop kits also get good reviews.

Sidebar - The kind of complications I have run into with other cars is the 2005 Ford Mustang GT rear calipers where the pistons have to be rotated at the same time they are compressed to get them back into the caliper. And the brake tool sold by most places is just a small cube with nubs that fit into notches on the piston. It takes some finesse to rotate the tool and compress the piston at the same time.

Thanks again,

Bruce


Forget powerstop etc. Get ATE or Textar pads and Brembo, ATE or if not those, Zimmerman rotors. As for pistons, just pushed them back.


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