View Full Version : Brake questions

11-17-2004, 09:04 AM
Hey guys..
Thought this would be the proper section to ask this question...

My dads brakes are slowly beginning to fade and he will need new ones..
Rotors, pads...ect, so hes looking for a complete package... I guess im asking what kind of brakes do you recommend for a 2001 530i sports package...

Are there ne particular brake setup out there right now that is good for performance, ect....

Any suggestions would be apprciated..


11-17-2004, 10:26 AM
My suggestion is stick with stock setup.

When you say the brakes are fading do you mean worn out or not performing as when you originally purchased the car.

I suggest you have the sliders lubricated and run some light sandpaper along the rotors (both sides) and bleed the fluid with new performance type fluid.

I had the same problem and noticed a big improvement once I did this.


11-17-2004, 11:32 AM
yea ive noticed that its not performaning as good as when we first got the car...
so you suggest sticking with the original setup... (thanks fern)

what type of brake fliud is good... i mean performance wise...


11-26-2004, 02:04 PM
I agree with Fern, stick with stock rotors, pads, etc. BMW brake fluid is a sure way to go if you're not sure about what type. Just having new fluid will give you all the performance you need.

ultimatebmwparts.com got me my rotors for 1/4 the cost of the local dealer. highly recommended. they are out of montreal, so no US duty charges.

12-01-2004, 02:37 PM
i see
but then how did u install the rotors and such.....

12-01-2004, 02:56 PM
I did the rotors in my driveway in 45 minutes. You remove the wheels, two caliper bolts per wheel, the set screw in the rotor and swap them. Hang the caliper from a coathanger so there is no weight on the brake line. Very satifying job and easy to boot.


12-01-2004, 03:55 PM
sweet i should try it out

saves me money...

12-01-2004, 07:14 PM
Just make sure you have the proper tools, they are pretty basic (metric wrenches, socket set, a torque wrench and instructions (from the web, no less ;) )) and you'll be set! Good luck if you try it out, and let us know how it goes!

12-01-2004, 10:29 PM
for sure...
would u know where i can get the instructions from...
im assuming u have them for u bimmer

im sorta a newbie at doing things myself

12-01-2004, 11:46 PM
Its more of a general knowledge of the system itself. You can of course buy a Bentley manual or something for the car.. but just google around..

bmwtips.com is a GREAT place for e39 owners to start.. the tips section has 100's of things. the CAM SENSOR is a big one. i spent like $400 getting my car fixed when it just suddenly started dieing out on me.. it was a $20 part and 10 minutes to do if i'd done it myself. after learning this, i've never looked back :)

(look on bmwtips for a section on "Big Brake Install".. it will show you how to remove your rotors)


12-02-2004, 02:16 AM
wow finally someone that is willing to help me
this is incredible thanks jay

12-02-2004, 11:18 AM
Ur welcome Mike.