When to replace the Brake Discs on your BMW 5 SERIES
Recommended replacement interval for the part category Brake disc : 50000 km
Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 520 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 525 tds, BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 523 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 528 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 535 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 525 td, BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 530 d, BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 520 d, BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 525 d, BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 520 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 530 d, BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 525 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 520 i, BMW 5 Saloon (E39) 520 i View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

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All the parts you need to replace – Brake Discs for 5 Saloon (E39) and other BMW models
Tools
Replacement: brake discs – BMW E39. List of the tools you'll need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
HEX bit no.H6.
HEX bit no.H7.
Drive socket # 18
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Brake caliper wind back tool
Impact screwdriver
Crow bar
Fender cover
Wheel chock
Replacement: brake discs – BMW E39. AUTODOC experts recommend:
  • Replace the brake disks on the car BMW E39 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.
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Replacement: brake discs – BMW E39. Take the following steps:
  1. Step 1
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    Open the hood.
  2. Step 2
    Use a fender protection cover to prevent damaging paintwork and plastic parts of the car.
    Step 3
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    Detach the air duct from the cabin filter housing.
  3. Step 4
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    Release the cabin filter cover clips.
  4. Step 5
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    Remove the cabin filter housing cover.
  5. Step 6
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    Remove the cabin filter housing seal.
  6. Step 7
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    Remove the cabin air filter housing.
  7. Step 8
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    Unscrew the brake fluid reservoir cap.
  8. Step 9
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    Secure the wheels with chocks.
  9. Step 10
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    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  10. Step 11
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    Raise the front of the car and secure on supports.
  11. Step 12
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    Replacement: brake discs – BMW E39. Tip from AUTODOC:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when unscrewing the bolts.
  12. Step 13
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    Remove the wheel.
  13. Step 14
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    Remove the dust boot caps of the brake caliper guide pins. Use a crowbar.
  14. Step 15
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    Unscrew the brake caliper fastening. Use HEX No.H7. Use a ratchet wrench.
  15. Step 16
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    Spread the brake pads. Use a crowbar.
  16. Step 17
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    Detach the brake caliper retaining spring. Use a crowbar.
  17. Step 18
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    Remove the brake caliper.
    Replacement: brake discs – BMW E39. AUTODOC experts recommend:
    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.
  18. Step 19
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    Remove the brake pads.
  19. Step 20
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    Clean the brake caliper bracket fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  20. Step 21
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    Unscrew the caliper bracket fastening. Use a drive socket #18. Use a tap wrench.
  21. Step 22
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    Remove the caliper bracket.
  22. Step 23
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    Clean the brake disc fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  23. Step 24
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    Unscrew the brake disc fastening. Use HEX No.H6. Use an impact screwdriver.
  24. Step 25
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    Remove the brake disc.
  25. Step 26
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    Clean the hub. Use a wire brush.
  26. Step 27
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    Treat the contacting surface. Use copper grease.
  27. Step 28
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    Install the brake disc.
  28. Step 29
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    Tighten the brake disc fastening. Use HEX No.H6. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 16 Nm torque.
  29. Step 30
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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 E39. After applying the spray, wait a few minutes.
  30. Step 31
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    Install the brake caliper bracket.
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