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 (F30, F80) 328 i, BMW 3 Saloon (F30, F80) 318 d View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

This video shows the replacement procedure of a similar car part on another vehicle

All the parts you need to replace – Brake Pads for 3 Saloon (F30, F80) and other BMW models
Tools
Replacement: brake pads – BMW 3 (F30, F35, F80). Tools you might need:
Wire brush
Brake cleaner
Anti-squeal paste
Copper grease
HEX bit no.H7.
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Brake caliper wind back tool
Crow bar
Fender cover
Wheel chock
Replacement: brake pads – BMW 3 (F30, F35, F80). Tip from AUTODOC experts:
  • 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.
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Replacement: brake pads – BMW 3 (F30, F35, F80). Take the following steps:
  1. Step 1
    Open the bonnet.
    Step 2
    Use a fender protection cover to prevent damaging paintwork and plastic parts of the car.
    Step 3
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    Remove the wiper arm cover.
  2. Step 4
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    Unscrew the brake fluid reservoir cap.
  3. Step 5
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    Secure the wheels with chocks.
  4. Step 6
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    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  5. Step 7
    Raise the rear of the car and secure on supports.
    Step 8
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Warning! To avoid injury, hold the wheel while unscrewing the fastening bolts. BMW 3 (F30, F35, F80)
  6. Step 9
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    Remove the wheel.
  7. Step 10
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    Disconnect the brake pads wear sensor. Use a crowbar.
    Please note!
    Some cars are not equipped with the brake pad wear sensor.
  8. Step 11
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    Remove the dust boot caps of the brake caliper guide pins. Use a crowbar.
  9. Step 12
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    Unscrew the brake caliper fastening. Use HEX No.H7. Use a ratchet wrench.
  10. Step 13
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    Spread the brake pads. Use a crowbar.
  11. Step 14
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    Detach the brake caliper retaining spring. Use a crowbar.
  12. Step 15
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    Remove the brake caliper.
    Replacement: brake pads – BMW 3 (F30, F35, F80). AUTODOC recommends:
    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.
  13. Step 16
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    Remove the brake pads.
    Replacement: brake pads – BMW 3 (F30, F35, F80). Tip:
    Measure the brake disc thickness. Upon reaching the wear limit the part must be replaced.
  14. Step 17
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    Clean the brake caliper bracket from dirt and dust. Use a wire brush. Use a brake cleaner.
    Replacement: brake pads – BMW 3 (F30, F35, F80). Tip from AUTODOC:
    After applying the spray, wait a few minutes.
  15. Step 18
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    Treat the brake caliper piston. Use a brake cleaner.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: brake pads – BMW 3 (F30, F35, F80). After applying the spray, wait a few minutes.
  16. Step 19
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    Press in the brake caliper piston. Use brake caliper wind back tool.
  17. Step 20
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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 3 (F30, F35, F80). Professionals recommend:
    Make sure the disc surface is clean before installing the pads.
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