When to replace the Brake Calipers on your BMW 3 SERIES
Recommended replacement interval for the part category Brake caliper : 100000 km
Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 316 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 328 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 320 d, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 323 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 320 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 320 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 325 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 316 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 320 d, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 d, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 316 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 d, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 316 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 320 d, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 318 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 320 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 323 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E46) 325 xi View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change brake caliper on BMW E46 [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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All the parts you need to replace – Brake Calipers for 3 Saloon (E46) and other BMW models
Tools
Replacement: brake caliper – BMW E46. List of the tools you'll need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Combination spanner #9
Flare nut spanner #14
HEX bit No.H7.
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Flat Screwdriver
Brake bleeder kit
Crow bar
Wheel chock
Replacement: brake caliper – BMW E46. Tip from AUTODOC experts:
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the left and right brake calipers on the same axle.
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Replacement: brake caliper – BMW E46. Take the following steps:
  1. Step 1
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    Open the bonnet. Unscrew the brake fluid reservoir cap.
  2. Step 2
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    Secure the wheels with chocks.
  3. Step 3
    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
    Step 4
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    Raise the front of the car and secure on supports.
  4. Step 5
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    Replacement: brake caliper – BMW E46. Tip:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when unscrewing the bolts.
  5. Step 6
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    Remove the wheel.
  6. Step 7
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    Detach the brake caliper retaining spring. Use a flat screwdriver.
  7. Step 8
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    Remove the dust boot caps of the brake caliper guide pins. Use a crowbar.
  8. Step 9
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    Clean the area where the brake hose is connected to the caliper, and the guide pins area. Use a wire brush. Use a brake cleaner.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: brake caliper – BMW E46. After applying the spray, wait a few minutes.
  9. Step 10
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    Loosen the brake hose fastening. Use a flare nut spanner #14.
  10. Step 11
    Clean the brake caliper fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
    Step 12
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    Unscrew the brake caliper fastening. Use HEX No.H7. Use a ratchet wrench.
  11. Step 13
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    Spread the brake pads. Use a crowbar.
  12. Step 14
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    Remove the brake caliper.
    Replacement: brake caliper – BMW E46. AUTODOC recommends:
    When replacing the brake caliper, it is recommended to check the brake hose for damages and, if necessary, to replace it with a new one. When replacing a brake caliper it is recommended to replace brake pads, check the state of the brake discs and replace them with new ones if necessary.Check the brake caliper bracket, brake caliper guide pins and boots. Clean them. Replace, if necessary.Don't press the brake pedal after the brake caliper has been removed. As a result, the piston can fall out from the brake cylinder, and brake fluid leakage and depressurization of the system may occur.
  13. Step 15
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    Remove the brake pads.
  14. Step 16
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    Unscrew the brake hose from the brake caliper. Use a flare nut spanner #14.
  15. Step 17
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    Treat the brake hose. Use a brake cleaner.
    Replacement: brake caliper – BMW E46. Tip from AUTODOC:
    After applying the spray, wait a few minutes.
  16. Step 18
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    Install and fix the brake hose into a new caliper.
  17. Step 19
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    Install the brake pads.
    Replacement: brake caliper – BMW E46. AUTODOC experts recommend:
    If going to use the old brake pads, clean them.Use a wire brush.
  18. Step 20
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    Install the brake caliper and fix it. Use HEX No.H7. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 30 nm torque.
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