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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 30th, 2008, 2:57 pm Thread Starter
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Front brake pads replacement, DIY?

I checked the Hall of Wisdom and there is nothing. Has anyone replaced their front brake pads? Easy/hard/not worth the savings?

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Yes. DIY. On non ABS at least.
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Anyone know if the yellow alert light resets if you do your own pad change?

Does it need a reset from the dealer or the GS-911 tool?

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Prolly need the GS-911. At least that will CERTAINLY work. I love mine.
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Yes. DIY. On non ABS at least.
What did you use to spread the pistons in order to fit the new pads in place? The service manual calls for some special tool for this, but it looks like BMWBS.

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What did you use to spread the pistons in order to fit the new pads in place? The service manual calls for some special tool for this, but it looks like BMWBS.
If you can't get your fingers in there, a thin piece of wood in place of the pad, grab it above and below the caliper.

Or if you don't mind retorquing the caliper bolts, before you remove the pads, undo the caliper bolts, rock the caliper gently back and forth on the disc. This will separate it enough to get the new pads in.
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David,

Try this link: Linky

I made it for the rear, but it will work for the front as well...

a ny other questions, feel free to ask...but that should cover it.
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That is one great write up. I guess BMW doesn't count on you brake pads wearing out any way except uniformly... I'll look at mine routinely after seeing your write-up, thanks.

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David,

Try this link: Linky

I made it for the rear, but it will work for the front as well...

a ny other questions, feel free to ask...but that should cover it.
Thanks for the link to the pix...just what I needed.

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David,

Try this link: Linky

I made it for the rear, but it will work for the front as well...

a ny other questions, feel free to ask...but that should cover it.
Very nice!! U the Man. Have you (sure u have) replaced front pads. Coming up on 20k and would like to do it me self. Pics are best Also, any problems with readouts-on inst's that didn't go out after ft or rear replacements? Did u use BMW pads or aftermarket?

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