When to replace the Brake Discs on your BMW 3 SERIES
Recommended replacement interval for the part category Brake disc : 50000 km
Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW 3 Saloon (E36) 318 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E36) 318 is, BMW 3 Saloon (E36) 320 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E36) 325 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E36) 325 td, BMW 3 Saloon (E36) 325 tds, BMW 3 Saloon (E36) 328 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E36) 318 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E36) 318 is, BMW 3 Saloon (E36) 318 i View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change front brake discs on BMW E36 [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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All the parts you need to replace – Brake Discs for 3 Saloon (E36) and other BMW models
Tools
Replacement: brake discs – BMW E36. Tools you might need:
Wire brush
Nylon cleaning brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Torque wrench
Drive socket # 16
HEX bit No.H5
HEX bit No.H7
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Tap wrench
Impact screwdriver
Brake caliper wind back tool
Crow bar
Wheel chock
AUTODOC recommends:
  • Replace the brake disks on the car BMW E36 in complete set for each axis. Regardless of the state of components. This will ensure even braking.
  • The replacement procedure is identical for both brake disks on the same axle.
  • When changing the brake discs, always replace the brake pads.
  • Please note: all work on the car – BMW E36 – should be done with the engine switched off.
Carry out replacement in the following order:
  1. Step 1
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    Open the hood. Unscrew the brake fluid reservoir cap.
  2. Step 2
    Secure the wheels with chocks.
    Step 3
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    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  3. 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.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Warning! To avoid injury, hold the wheel while unscrewing the fastening bolts. BMW E36
  5. Step 6
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    Remove the wheel.
  6. Step 7
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    Remove the dust boot caps of the brake caliper guide pins. Use a crowbar.
  7. Step 8
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    Unscrew the brake caliper fastening. Use HEX No.H7. Use a ratchet wrench.
  8. Step 9
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    Spread the brake pads. Use a crowbar.
  9. Step 10
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    Detach the brake caliper retaining spring. Use a crowbar.
  10. Step 11
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    Remove the brake caliper.
    Replacement: brake discs – BMW E36. Tip from AUTODOC experts:
    Tie the caliper to the suspension or to the body with a wire without disconnecting from the brake hose to prevent depressurization of the brake system.Make sure that the brake caliper is not hanging on the brake hose.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.Check the brake caliper bracket, brake caliper guide pins and boots. Clean them. Replace, if necessary.
  11. Step 12
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    Remove the brake pads.
  12. Step 13
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    Clean the brake caliper bracket fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  13. Step 14
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    Unscrew the caliper bracket fastening. Use a drive socket #16. Use a tap wrench.
  14. Step 15
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    Remove the caliper bracket.
  15. Step 16
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    Clean the brake disc fastener. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  16. Step 17
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    Unscrew the brake disc fastening. Use HEX No.H5. Use an impact screwdriver.
  17. Step 18
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    Remove the brake disc.
  18. Step 19
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    Clean the hub. Use a wire brush. Treat the contacting surface. Use copper grease.
  19. Step 20
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    Install the brake disc.
  20. Step 21
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    Tighten the brake disc fastening. Use HEX No.H5. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 9 Nm torque.
  21. Step 22
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    Clean the brake caliper bracket from dirt and dust. Use a wire brush. Use a brake cleaner.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: brake discs – BMW E36. After applying the spray, wait a few minutes.
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