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Old 08-21-2012, 11:10 PM   #1
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brake pads light come on advice?

went for a drive to the park, suddenly a light come on, i read the manual it say "only the minimum pad thick-ness still remains on the brake pads" well my question is how many miles or how long can i still drive this car until i have the time to change the brake pads. What kind of brake do you guys recommend? I can get autozone brake pads for 20% off and it lifetime warranty, anyone recommend autozone brake pads? so what do you guys think? sorry this is my first bmw and first time going for a brake pads change , also what about the brake sensor? do i need to replace new one or i could use the old one, if i can? how many brake sensor do i need? sorry i haven't got a chance yet to take my wheel off and check.



also here a pic of my alternator, another quick question, is there supposed to be something to hold the hose, sorry i'm not sure what it called, please look at the pic with the white circle , it was kind of loose so i just pull it back up to connect to the upper part. thank you all and sorry for the bad english



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Old 08-21-2012, 11:19 PM   #2
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No on anything Autozone. This is a luxury vehicle, not a Honda

Get Textar if you want to stay OEM, EBC Redstuff if you want something else. That is just what I would personally get and recommend. There are lots of other great brake pads out there as well. Be prepared to have to get new rotors. If so, get Zimmerman, ATE, EBC, Brembo, or Meyle. Stick with blanks.

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Old 08-21-2012, 11:23 PM   #3
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i am so glad that poor people can now afford these cars
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Your English is better than 90% of the posters on here, who are supposed to be native English speakers...
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Old 08-22-2012, 12:50 AM   #5
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i am so glad that poor people can now afford these cars

not poor but at the moment i'm on EDD right now..lolz
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Old 08-22-2012, 12:51 AM   #6
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Your English is better than 90% of the posters on here, who are supposed to be native English speakers...
I'm "HMONG" if u know what that is
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No on anything Autozone. This is a luxury vehicle, not a Honda

Get Textar if you want to stay OEM, EBC Redstuff if you want something else. That is just what I would personally get and recommend. There are lots of other great brake pads out there as well. Be prepared to have to get new rotors. If so, get Zimmerman, ATE, EBC, Brembo, or Meyle. Stick with blanks.

what about brake sensor? do i have to get new one or can i used the old one? how many brake sensor does the car have? not so sure because i haven't done it before. Thanks again for the information
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You need a new brake sensor. There are two on your car: one for the front-left, one for the rear-right. You only need to replace the one you are changing the brake pads on. If you can get it at Autozone, great, but chances are you can't and you need to go to either the dealer or order it online.
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Old 08-22-2012, 12:59 AM   #9
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Any brake pad that fits will be fine. Do the pads yourself, it's very easy.
If you are cheap, just ignore the sensor light. Check your pads from time to time manually
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Regarding where to purchase the sensor. If you have time to wait and order your parts, they are very cheap at BMAparts.com. Otherwise, the dealership is around $29. I purchased mine from BMA parts, manufactured by Pex. Autozone also stocks and sells Pex. I broke one literally yesterday while replacing my pads with another brand and they had it in stock. It was around $17.
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As for your alternator question it doesnt go into anything, its just a breather hose.

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I'm "HMONG" if u know what that is
I actually do. You are the mountain people from Vietnam/Laos, right? Bad ass communist killers back in the 60's and 70's.
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You need a new brake sensor. There are two on your car: one for the front-left, one for the rear-right. You only need to replace the one you are changing the brake pads on. If you can get it at Autozone, great, but chances are you can't and you need to go to either the dealer or order it online.

thnks again, will get this done asap
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:14 AM   #14
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As for your alternator question it doesnt go into anything, its just a breather hose.

thnks man, u just save my life , i was worry because i was clueless
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:20 AM   #15
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I actually do. You are the mountain people from Vietnam/Laos, right? Bad ass communist killers back in the 60's and 70's.
gotta give you credit for that bro, my family made it to the united state when i was 16, barely know any english, almost didn't even passed high school but lucky i made it alive it was hard but i'm glad we fought for our freedom
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No on anything Autozone. This is a luxury vehicle, not a Honda

Get Textar if you want to stay OEM, EBC Redstuff if you want something else. That is just what I would personally get and recommend. There are lots of other great brake pads out there as well. Be prepared to have to get new rotors. If so, get Zimmerman, ATE, EBC, Brembo, or Meyle. Stick with blanks.
Autozone pads are fine for daily driving. I have a buddy who raced his s2000 on autozone pads once. He told me why, but i forgot what he had told me.

And what's so bad about autozone? I buy many things there.

OP: if you're trying to save money just get the autozone pads, if you have the money then go ahead and get oem pads from BMA parts.

As for the sensors after mine went off i just stopped buying them and i check my pads every so often when my wheels are off already.
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Get to the pads soon or you will have to do the rotors, but the rotors might still be okay, and usually are for a second set of pads. If you don't know, measure the thickness of the rotors with micrometer.

After my warning light, I replaced pads within 700 miles and was down to 1.5 mm on the pads. Another few miles, I would have had to have bought new rotors. My rotors were only halfway worn between new and minimum thickness (stamped on rotor) after 60K miles.

Get to this soon. Dealer said 1500 miles after the warning light, but I think that they wanted me to buy rotors!
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i am so glad that poor people can now afford these cars
Not like you comment! If that bother you because you do have money then get a Lamborghini or a Ferrari like real money people and you wont feel bad anymore!
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Not like you comment! If that bother you because you do have money then get a Lamborghini or a Ferrari like real money people and you wont feel bad anymore!
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Autozone pads are fine for daily driving. I have a buddy who raced his s2000 on autozone pads once. He told me why, but i forgot what he had told me.

And what's so bad about autozone? I buy many things there.

OP: if you're trying to save money just get the autozone pads, if you have the money then go ahead and get oem pads from BMA parts.

As for the sensors after mine went off i just stopped buying them and i check my pads every so often when my wheels are off already.
People buy autozone pads because you only have to buy them once with the lifetime warranty. When they are done just bring in the old ones and they just give you another set of pads for free. I had a friend who did this for years on his Nissan Frontier
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