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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 11-02-2013, 02:01 PM   #1
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I just did a brake fluid change a while back and noticed the pads were getting thin. I was planning on getting the 4 wheel kit from Bimmer Zone but expenses have been high this month and was hoping to hold off till spring. I did some research and found that e36 pads are the same as e46. I have a set of Jurid pads that were on my e36 when I bought it and I kept them when I did the Brembo/PBR kit from Bimmer Zone. Wednesday night I swapped them out and when I was done I had a scraping sound that I though was just the pads contacting a different part of the rotor and would wear in after a few miles, WRONG!!!!!! I started on the left rear because it was the easiest to get at and possibly because I had some trouble getting the sensor to stay in place I ended up putting the outboard pad in backwards so it was the backing plate that was rubbing against the rotor. What a mess, between the brake dust, the rust and the rain there was a film on the rim that I spent 20 minutes trying to scrub off, it's not perfect but looks better than when I started. The weird thing is that because I was putting new pads in, I never noticed what caused it till I looked at the pads when I was putting them back in the box and saw the wear marks on the backing plate. I'm going to blame it on a "senior moment" and figure it will never happen again.

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Old 11-03-2013, 09:48 PM   #2
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I did this on my Subaru Outback a couple years ago. Felt like an idiot but I was in a hurry and messed up. I was hearing it squeal all the way to work and back but had to continue. I got home and figured out what I had done, took the rotors in and they easily turned them. I was only out a set of brake pads and some pride.
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Old 11-04-2013, 08:43 PM   #3
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Those poor 73s! one of mine is permanently rust colored from a seized brake caliper

figures that they are the HARDEST damn wheels to clean.
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:30 AM   #4
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The value of the lesson learned is directly proportional to the amount of material ruined!

I find when I rush to do a repair Murphy's law prevails,

If I plan on taking it nice and slow things seems to fall together rather well. (most of the time)
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:59 PM   #5
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The value of the lesson learned is directly proportional to the amount of material ruined!

I find when I rush to do a repair Murphy's law prevails,

If I plan on taking it nice and slow things seems to fall together rather well. (most of the time)
The thing is I wasn't rushing, it was just that damn sensor that wouldn't stay in place so when it did I just grabbed the outer pad and stuck it in. Like I said in the original post, it'll never happen again
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Old 11-27-2013, 11:02 PM   #6
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The new rotor went on Saturday, the pads will have to wear in but everything looks good. The PO must have used the parking brake a lot because it was worn into the old rotor and the shoes were pretty thin.
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