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Old 04-04-2018, 02:53 PM
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Z4 brake pad replacement

All, last post was September 2015 so I am having to relearn a few things, please bear with me. Vehicle is a 2011 Z4 35i with 27,700 miles, a semi daily driver and never tracked. Currently on my dash is the word "brake" in red and an image of a vehicle on a lift. If I read my manual correctly this indicates "brake pads worn". While I have done a search I have not found any threads specific to the Z4 (perhaps I have missed something). I consider my mechanical skills to be modest and my experience with pad replacement has been limited to a Miata and my Goldwing motorcycle. Is pad replacement something that a reasonable competent 60 something can do properly? I have seen one youtube video dated 2015 outlining how its done. Specific questions:
1) Is my assumption it is the brakes pads correct?
2) Is the effort worth it? I kind of like doing these type of things as it brings me a certain satisfaction.
3) What would be a reasonable cost for a service center to do this?
4) I know better but, any recommendations as to a manufacturer of replacement pads?
Any other words of wisdom appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 04-04-2018, 07:26 PM
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Replacing pads is not hard. The only tricky thing is if your doing the rear pads, you’ll need to retract the piston on the e brake. It’s on you tube. Otherwise, it’s really a piece of cake. At your mileage it’s just pads, not rotors.
As for brands, if you like the bite of your stock pads, then either get new bmw pads, or OE by textar, jurid or pagid.


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Old 04-05-2018, 02:54 AM
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It may also mean you just need to have your brake fluid flushed . Your car mileage is to low for new brake pads. Have a great day.
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Old 04-05-2018, 07:21 AM
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Thank you gentlemen. I, too, thought that was early for pad replacement. Fluid flush occurred one year ago.
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Old 04-05-2018, 08:16 AM
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Iv got 41,000 miles on my Z4 and my pads still have a lot of meat on them, Maybe a bad brake wear sensor ?
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Old 04-05-2018, 10:18 AM
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Only one way to tell. Pull the wheel and look. Minimum pad thickness is 3mm.


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Old 06-13-2018, 04:49 AM
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I put my car in for it’s second service (approx 25,000 kms) and despite there being no warning on the dash, BMW told me I needed new pads front and rear and insisted I replace them.

Take that with a grain of salt though, my experience with BMW service centres has been the same 100% of the time:

Report issues covered by warranty or service plan:
“That’s normal, all of our cars do that”
“Unable to replicate issue, so there was nothing to fix”
“No, we don’t need to check, the car will tell us if there is a problem” (apparently my car is a sentient being)

Report issues NOT covered by warranty or service plan:
“We noticed you need a new xyz”
“Your xyz has worn out and you need to replace it”
“No, the car didn’t tell us, there were no errors, we just noticed that random thing while we were working on a completely different part of the car”
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Old 03-02-2019, 12:18 PM
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I put my car in for it’s second service (approx 25,000 kms) and despite there being no warning on the dash, BMW told me I needed new pads front and rear and insisted I replace them.



Take that with a grain of salt though, my experience with BMW service centres has been the same 100% of the time:



Report issues covered by warranty or service plan:

“That’s normal, all of our cars do that”

“Unable to replicate issue, so there was nothing to fix”

“No, we don’t need to check, the car will tell us if there is a problem” (apparently my car is a sentient being)



Report issues NOT covered by warranty or service plan:

“We noticed you need a new xyz”

“Your xyz has worn out and you need to replace it”

“No, the car didn’t tell us, there were no errors, we just noticed that random thing while we were working on a completely different part of the car”


That’s because their rates are off the charts and everyone in the Service Dept but the valets make big bucks from anyone willing to pay for those random “found” repair issues!!!


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Old 03-02-2019, 12:23 PM
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I put my car in for it’s second service (approx 25,000 kms) and despite there being no warning on the dash, BMW told me I needed new pads front and rear and insisted I replace them.

Take that with a grain of salt though, my experience with BMW service centres has been the same 100% of the time:

Report issues covered by warranty or service plan:
“That’s normal, all of our cars do that”
“Unable to replicate issue, so there was nothing to fix”
“No, we don’t need to check, the car will tell us if there is a problem” (apparently my car is a sentient being)

Report issues NOT covered by warranty or service plan:
“We noticed you need a new xyz”
“Your xyz has worn out and you need to replace it”
“No, the car didn’t tell us, there were no errors, we just noticed that random thing while we were working on a completely different part of the car”
So true. But in all fairness, they can't submit a warranty claim to BMW if they can't replicate the problem. The repair has to be justified. The owner could be mistaken or making it up.
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Old 04-14-2019, 02:15 PM
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I changed mine at 30k, was above minimum but didn’t want to affect my rotors as was able to change all 4 for $650 at bmw dealership
I have the 2014 35is


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Old 07-19-2019, 06:21 AM
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Replaced all 4 pads and rotors at a reputable BMW dealer, last Fall. Winterized the car and started to drive it last May. To my surprise the new pads squeak every once in a while. Not to mention that the black dust seems to have gotten worse. Any thoughts?
I am about to complain to the dealer and demand replacement of the pads. That was a $2400 job.


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