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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 11-18-2011, 03:58 PM   #1
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325XI 2004 Squealing Brakes


My brakes have been squealing really badly since the fall started and now that its really cold, they have started squealing when braking at higher speeds on the highway, not just when stopping. I just had my summer tires swaped for the winters and they checked my brakes and said they were fine and had plenty of life left. They told me the squealing was because of the material. Is there anything i can do to minimize the squealing other than getting newer pads/rotors?

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Old 11-18-2011, 04:16 PM   #2
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clean and put some anti-squeal compound on the backs of the pads and make sure the anti-rattle spring clip is secured on the calipers. Find a brake DIY in the DIY forum. Also check the torque on your lug nuts...i go to 88.5 ft-lbs. dont take a shops word if the brakes are "fine", if the pads are almost worn out and the rotors are grooved its time to replace.
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Old 11-18-2011, 11:23 PM   #3
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Also alot of cheaper "brake shops" install inferior pads and rotors that tend to be noisy over time/use. Sometimes the rotors just get glazed due to slight braking pressures (stop & go). Try doing some very heavy braking to minimize the glazing.

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Old 11-19-2011, 07:08 AM   #4
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What kind of pads do you have?

Just a little anti-squeal goes a long way.
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