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Brake light sensor went on.. So I had an appointment at the dealer this morning.. To get my brakepads replace. And they quoted me $470 to replace them..

I"m like wtf.. just for brake pads... Service guy said something like. you have to replace the rotors etc, etc... when the pads wear out!!

Is this true guys?

I told him forget it.. I'll just go to a local garage.
Another thing.. does anyone know anything about dustless pads.. whats a good brand, and quality. Do they work as good as bmw's?
 

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You don't HAVE to, but it's a good idea.

But you can do this yourself. There are a couple of really good DIY guides available that step you right through the whole process, including great photos.

Also, Axxis and Porterfield are decent pad that generate less dust than stock. I wouldn't say they are 100% dust free though. There are other good ones available.
 

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Order some new rotors, pads and sensors from your favorite mail order house. Then get a bunch of your buddies together and have a a brakefest. When you are done swapping brakes on everyone's cars, go to a fake theme restaurant (Fridays, Chilis, T.J. O'Pootertoots) and offend all the other patrons while swilling beer and making rude comments about which waitress you would hit.

http://www.teamdfl.com/events/brakefest


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its usually a good idea because your OEM rotors will not last through 2 sets of pads. Some time midway through your second pad, your OEM rotors will wear out, only this time, you have no sensor to tell you as with the brake pads.

If you are one of those people that would check their pads and rotors once a month, just do your pads, but if you only check it only when something is wrong, change both of them.

You can always buy the parts from a dealership or other places online like Turner Motorsports or Circle BMW and bring it to a local shop that you trust or DIY.
 

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its just weird, the sensor light came on about a week ago.. So you guys are saying I should order rotors, etc.. to replace the brakes?

I guess i'll buy the parts and have someone do them. or maybe DIY.
 

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topazcpe said:
its just weird, the sensor light came on about a week ago.. So you guys are saying I should order rotors, etc.. to replace the brakes?

I guess i'll buy the parts and have someone do them. or maybe DIY.
If your brake light is on, I'm pretty sure you're going to need to brake pad sensors to replace the one that kicked the light on. You might want to check on this too.
 

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teamdfl said:


You definitely do not need an impact wrench to change brakes. If you want a cheapo 120v electric impact, try Harbor Freight.
http://www.harborfreight.com
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=31877

Ed
well i was doing my benz brakes last week and i couldnt do the rotors because of the two things on the calipers blocking the rotors as shown in this pic
http://teamdfl.com/events/brakefest/Pages/Image7.html
i need to take off the whole caliper but the two bolts wont budge. i was thinking maybe an impact wrench will break it free.
attached pic shows the two bolts
 

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e46shift said:


well i was doing my benz brakes last week and i couldnt do the rotors because of the two things on the calipers blocking the rotors as shown in this pic
http://teamdfl.com/events/brakefest/Pages/Image7.html
i need to take off the whole caliper but the two bolts wont budge. i was thinking maybe an impact wrench will break it free.
attached pic shows the two bolts
The carrier bolts can be a PITA, especially if you attack them with a regular ratchet. I have always had good results with a 16mm 1/2" drive socket, a 3" to 6" extension, and an 18" long 1/2" drive breaker bar.


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is your car still under warranty? if so, it should be free of charge...mines were ;)
 
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