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Old 03-26-2011, 02:06 PM   #1
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What tools needed for 330i brake job?

Hi everyone,

I am replacing front and rear brake pads and sensors for a 2003 330i zhp.

Can anyone tell me exactly what tools will be required? I need to collect the tools before I travel to do this job so I need to know what tools I will need. I also can't take all my tools.

I don't need a how-to. Just a list of tools.

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lug wrench,
7mm hex head socket and ratchet,
and something to push the pistons back in.
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Old 03-26-2011, 02:11 PM   #3
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lug wrench,
7mm hex head socket and ratchet,
and something to push the pistons back in.
spot on, it took me about 15min-20min a wheel, fairly easy job to do
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i pushed the piston in with my thumbs. A c clamp will do if yours is harder to push back.
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Old 03-26-2011, 02:51 PM   #5
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a large pair of pliers will work for compressing the piston too... like the pair in the trunk tool set
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i pushed the piston in with my thumbs. A c clamp will do if yours is harder to push back.
You pushed the piston in with your thumbs?!

Remind me to not piss you off.
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i pushed the piston in with my thumbs. A c clamp will do if yours is harder to push back.
hes from philly, the only stadium with a jail,lol
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Old 03-26-2011, 06:38 PM   #8
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Thanks guys!!! very helpful group!
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I used one of these quick grip clamps to push the piston out, so the new pads would slip into the calipers.
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