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Old 04-20-2010, 07:41 AM   #1
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brake pad install difficulty on '01 330i and sensors

hey guys,

brake light came on so I need to order me some front and rear pads for my 01 330i.

Got a couple of questions

* The DIY for brake pad install seems easy. Is it really that simple? Any tips? I've done work on my car before (window regulators, A/C motor resistor: pretty simple stuff)

* Can I not re-use brake pad sensors? Do I have to buy new ones??

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Old 04-20-2010, 07:55 AM   #2
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If brake light comes on = new sensor required.

and it's very easy
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Old 04-20-2010, 07:59 AM   #3
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I think you can actually re-use the sensors as long as you don't break (no pun intended) them! I believe the sensor trips only when the pad wears down to a certain point.

IMO, brake jobs are one of the simplest jobs to do and one of the biggest jobs shops overcharge on. Just my opinion. If you don't take the calipers off of the brake line when you change pads, you don't have the bleed the brakes, which makes your life way easier. There is a great YouTube video where a guy shows a step-by-step process of changing pads on an E46.

Here you go... Happy 4/20.

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I appreciate it guys. Thanks!
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Old 04-20-2010, 08:06 AM   #5
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Yeah, if your sensor has worn to the point of tripping the light inside you can re-use it no problem. And brakes are one of the easiest DIYs, just make sure you clean the friction surfaces from any dirt/grease/oils from your skin. And lubricate the caliper slides with caliper grease.

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that is a cool video!

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Old 04-20-2010, 11:26 PM   #7
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hey guys,

brake light came on so I need to order me some front and rear pads for my 01 330i.

Got a couple of questions

* The DIY for brake pad install seems easy. Is it really that simple? Any tips? I've done work on my car before (window regulators, A/C motor resistor: pretty simple stuff)

* Can I not re-use brake pad sensors? Do I have to buy new ones??

TIA
TIA,

1. Yes it really that simple. I would rate it 3/10 If u can do those stuff u have listed. This should be no problem. Just take your time and enjoy learning

2. Yes, you can re-use the Brake Pad Wear Sensor if they have not been tripped. Or you can just replace them for the peace of mind.

If you have any more question...You know what to do

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Old 04-21-2010, 12:21 AM   #8
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I did my front and rear today. It really is that easy>
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