When to replace the Brake Pads on your BMW Z3
Recommended replacement interval for the part category Brake pad set : 30000 km
Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW Z3 Roadster (E36) 1.9 i, BMW Z3 Roadster (E36) 1.8 i, BMW Z3 Roadster (E36) 2.8 i, BMW Z3 Roadster (E36) M 3.2, BMW Z3 Roadster (E36) 1.9 i, BMW Z3 Roadster (E36) 2.0 i, BMW Z3 Roadster (E36) 1.9 i, BMW Z3 Roadster (E36) 3.0 i, BMW Z3 Roadster (E36) 2.2 i, BMW Z3 Roadster (E36) M 3.2, BMW Z3 Roadster (E36) M 3.2, BMW Z3 Roadster (E36) 2.5 i, BMW Z3 Roadster (E36) 2.2 i 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 Z3 Roadster (E36) and other BMW models
Tools
Replacement: brake pads – BMW Z3 (E36). Tools you'll need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Anti-squeal paste
HEX bit No.H7.
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Brake caliper wind back tool
Crow bar
Wheel chock
Replacement: brake pads – BMW Z3 (E36). AUTODOC recommends:
  • 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 Z3 (E36). Take the following steps:
  1. Step 1
    Open the bonnet. Unscrew the brake fluid reservoir cap.
    Step 2
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    Secure the wheels with chocks.
  2. Step 3
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    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
  3. Step 4
    Raise the rear of the car and secure on supports.
    Step 5
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Important! Hold the wheel while unscrewing the fastening bolts. BMW Z3 (E36)
  4. Step 6
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    Remove the wheel.
  5. Step 7
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    Spread the brake pads. Use a crowbar.
  6. Step 8
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    Remove the dust boot caps of the brake caliper guide pins. Use a crowbar.
  7. Step 9
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    Unscrew the brake caliper fastening. Use HEX No.H7. Use a ratchet wrench.
  8. Step 10
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    Detach the brake caliper retaining spring. Use a crowbar.
  9. Step 11
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    Remove the brake caliper.
    Replacement: brake pads – BMW Z3 (E36). 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.
  10. Step 12
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    Remove the brake pads. Use a crowbar.
  11. Step 13
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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.
  12. Step 14
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    Treat the brake caliper piston. Use a brake cleaner.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: brake pads – BMW Z3 (E36). After applying the spray, wait a few minutes.
  13. Step 15
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    Press in the brake caliper piston. Use brake caliper wind back tool.
  14. Step 16
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    Treat the back side of the new brake pads. Use anti-squeal paste.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Make sure the disc surface is clean before installing the pads.
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