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Old 08-17-2011, 02:50 PM   #1
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Question front brake pad replacement guide?

I just sold my E36 n bought a 2000 328i last week n already need to replace the front brake pads. I was hoping to find some info on all the tools I will need and a step by step guide on how to do it. Any tips or info is much appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 08-17-2011, 03:36 PM   #2
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Old 08-17-2011, 04:19 PM   #3
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There are at least 10 threads on a DIY Brake job
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Old 08-18-2011, 03:33 AM   #4
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If you are looking for a guide for a brake job, you should probably have a mechanically inclined friend help you, at least for your first job.

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Old 08-18-2011, 10:02 PM   #5
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Just replacing your pads? I guess the most important tool is a 7mm hex socket for your socket wrench to remove the caliper guide bolts. You also need a pry bar/screwdriver to compress the caliper's piston back into the bore. If you remove the caliper without compressing the piston first, you can always just use a C-clamp and the old inboard brake pad and compress it that way. Make sure to lube up the contact points (I use Sil-Glyde).
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Old 08-18-2011, 11:29 PM   #6
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Lots of great DIY videos on YouTube.
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Old 08-18-2011, 11:57 PM   #7
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This should cover the details you seek.

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