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328i for new brakes & discs & sensors

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I am the proud new owner of a '97 328i. The brake service indicator has been illuminated for a few weeks & I have been told that the brakes are due for service. I am an ameteur mechanic & plan to this myself. How complicated is this compared to a Honda per-se? I am assuming that I will need new pads, discs, and sensors. Will I need any other parts to complete the job? Any special tools required? Any tips you can offer would be great! Love the forum! Thank you!
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If you've done it on other cars then this is a piece of cake, nothing to outta this world pretty basic if you have the basic mechanical knowledge, one thing is BMW brakes are notorious for dust you be sur to use the basic saftey, ie. goggles, gloves, maybe a mask if you want. Two sensors on the car one in front one in back. Check also for warped rotors, it is not recommended to resurface BMW rotors (too thin), but if they're glazed over take some 80 grit sand paper and go over the surface, this gives the new pads something to bite onto. Also check the lines, and bleed the sysytem.
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Hey thanx for the info! Bleeding the system is something I haven't done. Would you mind giving me a run-down on the necessary tools & procedures and is it mandatory? Thanks again!
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At pelican we have tech article that will give you step by step on DIY. e-mail me at javier@pelicanparts.com and I'll send you the article.
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I have tried to send an email requesting this article but I continue to get "delivery failure" message. Any other email addresses? Thanx
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SORRY, just noticed.

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sticker of Speedy Gonzales..rear bumper...
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Hey thanx for the article! Everything was perfectly explained and I will have no problem doing this myself. Thanx for all your help.
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No problem any time keep my e-mail if you need more we'll get it to,
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Hi Javier
Can you send me the article?
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Hi Javier
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Here's the article for ya... http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/techarticles/Mult-Bleeding_Brakes/Mult-Bleeding_Brakes.htm

I plan to do this myself in the near future & will post the results for anyone who's interested.
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The only complicated part of doing this is compressing the brake piston back into the caliper. THis is easily done with a large C-clamp.
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Quick question: the Honda / Acura requires that little cube key for the turning the brake piston back into the caliper. Does the E36 require this as well?
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No, the brakes are self-adjusting. You dont need the little key.
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