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      07-22-2012, 06:05 PM   #1
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DIY Video on front brake pads

Finished up a DIY video on how to remove and replace the front pads on a 2009 BMW 135i.



Hope someone finds it useful and enjoyable!

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      07-22-2012, 08:54 PM   #2
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Nice vid. Should you have had your rotors "turned" also?
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      07-22-2012, 11:24 PM   #3
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wow very good video! I always wondered how it was done
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      07-23-2012, 12:22 AM   #4
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Sticky this!
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      07-23-2012, 01:54 AM   #5
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That was a well done video, thank you! Now how about the rear pads?
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      07-23-2012, 03:35 AM   #6
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Nce DIY video!

Only thing I would do different would be to bleed(& flush) the brake fluid after installing new brake pads. I would have also used a 3M scuff pad on the rotor surface. Using a one man pressure bleeder like the Motive unit - makes easy work of bleeding brakes. Also... perhaps its time for you to invest in some Allen (impulse) sockets instead of those L-shaped Hex keys! lol

And using a can of CRC Brake Kleen (bc its non flammable) instead of compressed air is the way to go. You don't want all that brake dust floating around your garage.

Great DIY!
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      07-23-2012, 11:35 AM   #7
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It wasn't necessary to turn the rotors. I would have them turned if they were warped - or just replace them. If there is a lip on the outer edge, then they might be out of spec and need to be replaced. It's a good idea to measure the thickness.

Good suggestion on the brake cleaner - I typically use lots of brake clean! Should have added that to the video. I do use compressed air on the caliper itself - some brake clean can be harsh on rubber - like the dust boots.

Thanks for all the comments!

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      07-23-2012, 03:52 PM   #8
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Great post!!
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      07-23-2012, 04:03 PM   #9
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Great video! Thanks for sharing!!!
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      09-02-2012, 10:10 AM   #10
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Awesome - videos seem to give that confidence to get the job done
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      09-02-2012, 10:32 AM   #11
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Nice chrome on your impact. Nice socks also.
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      09-02-2012, 12:48 PM   #12
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Joeooooooo nice DIY video but I can't believe you don't torque your caliper bolts come on man you need better tools brother
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      09-02-2012, 02:49 PM   #13
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great DIY. This will help me do my pad changes.. 128i should be the same, right?
I'm surprised resetting pads only give go up to 4000 mls? Mine are set to like 40,000 mls...
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      09-02-2012, 10:44 PM   #14
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      09-03-2012, 04:08 PM   #15
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I can't believe you don't torque your caliper bolts
I make them 'good-N-tight'. Do you know the torque spec? If so - please share.

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I'm surprised resetting pads only give go up to 4000 mls?
This depends on how the car was driven previously and how long the pads lasted. Tracking the car tends to reduce pad life.
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      09-03-2012, 07:48 PM   #16
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I make them 'good-N-tight'. Do you know the torque spec? If so - please share.
It's around 70.
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it's suppose to be 68 but I set it to 70 like Gary
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      09-16-2012, 07:21 PM   #18
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Thanks for the video. Just did my front pads and watched this vid as a starting point. Very helpful especially with resetting the light!
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      09-17-2012, 08:54 PM   #19
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great video! Thank you! I too am wondering how the 128i is different.
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      10-25-2012, 11:45 PM   #20
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Thanks JOE for the DIY video brake pads. thanks to your helpfull video i installed my new Portfield r4s pads and new stop tech slotted rotors

1) be strong
2) quality strong tools
3) be patient

i started off with the passenger side first and i got to say the two 10mm bolts that hold the caliper are very tight but i manage to get them out even with out a break bar once i finished installing the pads and rotor on the passenger side i moved to the driver side i unscrewed the top 10mm bolt and then as i try to unscrew the bottom bolt it woudnt budge at all i mean AT ALL i was trying for an hour just for that last freaking bolt but nothing so i re installed my rim back on and drove off to a car shop which had a break bar and even with the break bar wouldnt budge but luckily we manage to get that fukn bolt out . like i said
1) be strong
2) quality strong tools
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      10-26-2012, 08:05 PM   #21
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Glad you got the bolt off! If they didn't use a breaker bar - what did they use? Impact?
In general I try to buy all the tools I need for a project - I love buying tools. Buying tools is great....I feel more manly when I buy tools.
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      10-27-2012, 12:51 AM   #22
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true i love tools and defiantly need a breaker bar
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