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 Touring (E46) 330 xd, BMW 3 Touring (E46) 330 xd, BMW 3 Touring (E46) 330 xi, BMW 3 Touring (E46) 330 i, BMW 3 Touring (E46) 330 d View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

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Tools
Replacement: brake discs – BMW E46 touring. Tools you need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Drive socket # 16
HEX bit No.H7.
Torx bit T30
Wheel impact socket #17
Brake caliper wind back tool
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Tap wrench
Crow bar
Impact screwdriver
Rubber mallet
Wheel chock
Replacement: brake discs – BMW E46 touring. AUTODOC recommends:
  • Replace the brake disks on the car BMW E46 touring 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 E46 touring – should be done with the engine switched off.
Carry out replacement in the following order:
  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
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    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  4. Step 4
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    Raise the front of the car and secure on supports.
  5. Step 5
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    Replacement: brake discs – BMW E46 touring. Tip from AUTODOC:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when unscrewing the bolts.
  6. Step 6
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    Remove the wheel.
  7. Step 7
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    Spread the brake pads. Use a crowbar.
  8. Step 8
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    Detach the brake caliper retaining spring. Use a crowbar.
  9. Step 9
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    Remove the dust boot caps of the brake caliper guide pins. Use a crowbar.
  10. Step 10
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    Unscrew the brake caliper fastening. Use HEX No.H7. Use a ratchet wrench.
  11. Step 11
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    Remove the brake caliper.
    Replacement: brake discs – BMW E46 touring. Professionals 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.
  12. Step 12
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    Remove the brake pads.
  13. Step 13
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    Clean the brake caliper bracket fasteners. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  14. Step 14
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    Unscrew the caliper bracket fastening. Use a drive socket #16. Use a tap wrench. Use a ratchet wrench.
  15. Step 15
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    Remove the caliper bracket.
  16. Step 16
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    Clean the brake disk surface. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  17. Step 17
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    Unscrew the brake disc fastening. Use Torx T30. Use an impact screwdriver.
    Replacement: brake discs – BMW E46 touring. AUTODOC experts recommend:
    If necessary, use a rubber mallet.
  18. Step 18
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    Remove the brake disc.
  19. Step 19
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    Clean the hub. Use a wire brush. Treat the contacting surface. Use copper grease.
  20. Step 20
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    Install the brake disc.
  21. Step 21
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    Tighten the brake disc fastening. Use Torx T30. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 16 Nm torque.
  22. Step 22
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    Clean the mounting seats of the caliper and its bracket. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
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