When to replace the Brake Pads on your BMW 3 SERIES
Recommended replacement interval for the part category Brake pad set : 30000 km
Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW 3 Saloon (E36) 316 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E36) 316 i, 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) 318 tds, BMW 3 Saloon (E36) 328 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E36) 318 i, BMW 3 Saloon (E36) 318 is View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

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

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All the parts you need to replace – Brake Pads for 3 Saloon (E36) and other BMW models
Tools
Replacement: brake pads – BMW E36. Tools you might need:
Wire brush
Nylon cleaning brush
Brake cleaner
Anti-squeal paste
Copper grease
Torque wrench
HEX bit No.H7
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Brake caliper wind back tool
Crow bar
Wheel chock
Replacement: brake pads – BMW E36. Tip from AUTODOC:
  • Perform the replacement of brake pads in complete set for each axis. This provides effective braking.
  • The replacement procedure is identical for all brake pads on the same axle.
  • 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 pads – BMW E36. Tip:
    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.
    Replacement: brake pads – BMW E36. Tip from AUTODOC:
    Measure the brake disc thickness. Upon reaching the wear limit the part must be replaced.
  12. Step 13
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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 pads – BMW E36. After applying the spray, wait a few minutes.
  13. Step 14
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    Treat the brake caliper piston. Use a nylon cleaning brush. Use a brake cleaner.
    Replacement: brake pads – BMW E36. AUTODOC experts recommend:
    After applying the spray, wait a few minutes.
  14. Step 15
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    Press in the brake caliper piston. Use brake caliper wind back tool.
  15. Step 16
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    Treat the brake pads in the area where their surface comes into contact with the brake caliper bracket. Use anti-squeal paste.
    Replacement: brake pads – BMW E36. Professionals recommend:
    Make sure the disc surface is clean before installing the pads.
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