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Old 01-22-2009, 12:00 AM   #1
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It's time to replace brake pads on my 96/318ic. The warning light is lit.

Is this a DIY kinda job? I was wondering if there is a knowledgebase article for changing the pads. I searched in the knowledgebase are, but couldn't find any with detailed information. Thanks!
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Old 01-22-2009, 01:27 AM   #2
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http://www.bimmerdiy.com/diy/e36brakesystem/
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Old 01-22-2009, 01:30 AM   #4
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Old 01-22-2009, 01:54 AM   #5
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Awesome!!! Thanks!!
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I recently replaced my front brakes and the most challenging part was fitting the new pads into the caliper. It took me almost an hour to figure out how to fit the new pads in; it was like a jigsaw puzzle.
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I recently replaced my front brakes and the most challenging part was fitting the new pads into the caliper. It took me almost an hour to figure out how to fit the new pads in; it was like a jigsaw puzzle.
You are supposed to have a few beers after the job, not before.
Although it is easy to install the outside pad backwards.
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Old 01-26-2009, 07:16 PM   #8
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lol!

In all seriousness, we ran into an issue of space inside the caliper. We could easily put one pad in, but getting the second pad in there posed a serious problem. We ended up needing to clamp down the caliper but then ease up on it to create space seemingly from nowhere.

The thickness of the pad was what did it...the details are gone though because that was during the summer.
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I had to buy a brake pad spreader from Kragen (for $20 )to push the brake piston all the way back. This will give more than enough room for the new pads

something similar to the one in this picture

http://www.autobarn.net/lis24400.html


replacing the pads were easy as a breeze. Removing the wheel was my biggest challenge though. The front driver side wheel didn't want to come out because of rusting. Had to spray plenty of brake cleaner and a lot of kicking.

I missed the beer part. That would have helped me with my boy ache. I was so tired after fighting with the front wheel and I totally forgot about the Beer
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I had to buy a brake pad spreader from Kragen (for $20 )to push the brake piston all the way back. This will give more than enough room for the new pads

something similar to the one in this picture

http://www.autobarn.net/lis24400.html
just get a C-clamp or Vise Grip pliars with ends like this:
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I used a C-clamp
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C-clamp FTW when doing brake jobs!
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I just did my first brake job and it is definitely in the DIY area. I replaced the rotors too, they are cheap enough. Also, I'd suggest the brake fluid flush.
There will be plenty of help in this forum if you need it.
PM me for the supplier if you want.
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Old 01-30-2009, 11:57 PM   #14
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I just did this earlier today just to put antisqueal on the pads hahah...
Took me less than 2 hours to do, and I took my time.

This is just to replace the brake pads ONLY
1: Lift up the car
2: Remove wheels
3: Remove brake pad wear indicator if needed (On the driver's side front and passenger's rear). Use long nose pliers for the least amount of damage to the sensor.
4: Remove the plastic caps for the guide bolts
5: Remove the guide bolts themselves using an Allen key (I don't know the exact size, but I had it in my tool set)
6: Remove Anti-Rattle Clip
7: Pull caliper straight out (towards the car's rear) and remove pads
8: Push in piston using whichever method you prefer(I have a tool for the calipers to push the piston in)
9: Install new pads
10: Installation is reverse of removal.
11: Repeat for the other 3 wheels.

Torque specs for the guide bolts are 22 ft-lb.

Happy DIYing!

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Old 02-02-2009, 07:39 PM   #15
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Yeah, you usually shouldn't pad-slap your bimmer. If you decide to just do pads (not recommended), at least pull the rotors and get them turned...FWIW
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