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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Nov 6th, 2012, 9:45 am Thread Starter
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Help with rear brake pad pin removal

I am trying to change the rear brake pads on my 13Gt and i can't get out the pin holding the pads. The service dvd says: remove the screw, but it's not a screw ( as is in the front), it is a pin without head.
Do you know how to take it out after the secure clip is removed? I try to push out from the back side without success.

Thanks for your help, and I apologize for the silly question.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Nov 6th, 2012, 12:04 pm
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First, remove the safety clip (needle nose pliers work well for this).

Then use a drift punch (or nail) to punch the retainer pin out. You want to push the pin from the left (outside of the wheel) to the right (towards the exhaust pipe).

The pin is held in place with a spring collar, so it takes a bit of force to move. This is a good thing, as it ensures the pin won't randomly fall loose if the safety clip is lost.

Before removing the old, thin brake pads, you want to spread them apart so the brake pistons move back into the calipers, thus making room for the new, thicker pads. There is a special BMW tool for this, but I find a carefully applied large flat blade screwdriver works, if you pry carefully on the old pads themselves (and not on the rotor or caliper).

Once the new pads are in place (make sure the front edge of the pads sits correctly into the corresponding slot in the caliper), slide the retainer pin in from the right, noting the position of the safety pin hole. I usually mark a line on the end of the pin, and put the hole facing straight down. Use the hammer and drift to punch the pin back into place, then install the safety clip.

Don't forget to pump up the brake pedal to seat the new pads against the rotor. Nothing worse than going for the brakes the first time and having nothing there for several pumps . . .

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Great instructions, very clear and straight forward!!

(My only concern was if I was allowed to push the pin by applying some force, I got it now!)

Thank you all so much for your help!!!


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Sorry I'm too late, but I'm glad Meese is on the ball!

For future reference (and folks that might search and find this thread: Rear brake pads rpl.
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Thank you so much BeniciaRT!

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