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BMW DIY – Late Model Brake Pad and Rotor How To – E90 E92 E60 E65 E66 E89 Z4 Etc

May 24, 2012

This DIY post will address the minor differences in some of the late model BMW brake caliper designs, as compared to that shown in our DIY video on brake pad and rotor replacement. These minor differences are noticed first in a different visual appearance of the brake caliper assembly.  These differences result in slightly different procedures in replacing brake pads.  Rotor removal is basically the same as shown in the video, once the caliper and pads have been removed.

Models covered by this DIY update:

E90 E92 E93 = 3-series 06 thru 11 (335i, 335xi, 335is, 335d)

E60 E61 = 5-series 04 thru 10 sedans & wagons (525i, 525xi, 528i, 528xi, 530i, 530xi, 535i, 535xi, 545i, 550i

E63 E64 = 6-series coupe 04 thru 12 & conv 04 thru 10 (645ci, 650i)

E65 E66 = 7-series 02 thru 09 (745i, 745Li, 750i, 750Li, 760i, 760Li)

E89 = Z4 09 on (35is only)

The points shown below should be noted when following the DIY videos.

Click HERE for BMW Brake Pad and Rotor Replacement DIY Videos

Additional points and procedures (to be used in conjunction with the DIY video):

Note new style caliper mount bracket, caliper and anti-rattle clip.

Pry clip toward caliper (away from center of hub).

Remove anti-rattle clip.

Pry between caliper and outer edge of rotor in order to depress caliper piston. This will allow caliper to clear outer ears of mounting bracket , for removal.

Remove guide bolts and remove caliper. Note that the mounting bracket now looks similar to the earlier style shown in the video.

Caliper is removed in the same manner as shown in video, by removing the guide bolts. Note that the guide bolts are different lengths.

Note different length guide bolts.

Pads installed in caliper, guide bolts lubricated and installed in sleeves - caliper is ready to mount to bracket.

Front brake parts:

Rear brake parts:

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