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Old 06-05-2010, 07:58 PM   #1
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Default Friggin Brake Pads!!!

I am changing my pads and rotors and I cant get the new pads to fit into the caliper. I have tried to suppress the piston and it is in as far as I can push it.

I dont think it is the piston getting in the way, it seems to be the caliper casting itself! Its like the pads are too thick. They are Mintex from Pelican.

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I think for us to help you a bit better we need to know the following:

1) What rotors do you have?? [Solid, vented, thickness]
2) Mintex pads part number
3) Year of your car


I just installed new brakes on my car all around and had no difficulty in putting things together. If your pads are the specified pads your for your car then I would double check the rotors you have.

I presume you have the original calipers and no upgraded brakes.
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Front or rear? Rear pistons have to be rotated as you push them in, usually means using a special tool. Fronts should just push in.
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Just stock solid front rotors. 96 ti, not sure of the part number on the pads, I'll get back to you.

I think I am going to try to separate the two parts of the caliper. I just noticed this DIY
http://www.bimmerdiy.com/diy/e36brakesystem/
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Front E36 pads are E36 pads, except M3.
Doesn't matter whether they are solid or vented rotors.
I have heard this problem before. Not sure if it was Mintex.

Be sure the piston is all the way in.
I'm assuming there is no lip on the rotor.
I normally hang the outside pad on the bracket first, then pop the inside pad into the piston.
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Try removing the cap on the fluid reservior, usually relieves a little pressure making the piston easier to compress. You gotta work fast though, have the rotors already mounted and ready to slip the caliper into place.
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Got it fixed.

The problem was that it was about 100 degrees yesterday and I was getting too impatient to stop and figure out a simple problem. I got up this morning and did it and it was a piece of cake!
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Got it fixed.

The problem was that it was about 100 degrees yesterday and I was getting too impatient to stop and figure out a simple problem. I got up this morning and did it and it was a piece of cake!
Funny how that works.

What was the problem?
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Funny how that works.

What was the problem?
I didn't separate the two pieces of the caliper. I had taken the whole thing off in one piece because I was changing the rotors too. Once I disassembled the caliper everything slid right into place. The car drives a thousand times better now. No more wobbles!
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