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dmytro 03-17-2010 08:49 AM

HELP: Anyone can give a hand with rotor replace?
My rotors on e30 (1989 325i) are not in the best shape right now, so its time to replace.

I don't want to break the bank $$$ and feel a bit ripped off by shops.

I have the parts 4 new rotors and 8 break pads. I have the tools. I am willing to do the work myself (unscrewing, screwing back, painting) I just need a little guidance from someone who has done it before. Maybe replace one rotor and I'l be good after that.

beer and pizza on me *th-up*, willing to travel within GTA (garage work is fine)

Ceeker 03-17-2010 08:57 AM

How about pay someone a few bucks to do it for..just for the trouble. Or, do what I did when first learning. Take one side off. remember how you did it and then use the other side to compare. On another note: you gotta know what you're doing when it comes to brakes's not a show me how thing and you're all set. remember, brakes are responsible to stop you. :-) give me a pm if you want. I'm usually home in the afternoons.

Cheers and good luck!

325isdan 03-17-2010 09:08 AM

the brakes are easy to change. And pretty much once you are show or do it you will be able to do it again. IT is not as hard as Ceeker is making it seem.

go to Canadian Tire and buy the Haynes manual. It is super easy. The only thing is, get ready to need to rebuild the calipers. But again, very easy to do. All laid out in the Haynes.

if you have time, buy all your parts from

dmytro 03-17-2010 09:11 AM

Again I have the parts, I read tons of material "i think" I have the idea how they work, but never done it "hands-on experience". Scared to touch it myself first time.

Coupedup 03-17-2010 09:11 AM

when in doubt-youtube it...... this applies to everything except open heart surgery! Even if you can't find a video with the exact same car as yours the principles are the same...

SamE30e 03-17-2010 11:36 AM

If you're going to pay someone to do it. I'm down. I got every weekday off until 5pm.

E30M42cab 03-17-2010 06:24 PM


Originally Posted by SamE30e (Post 1400445)
If you're going to pay someone to do it. I'm down. I got every weekday off until 5pm.

Yeah, let Sam do it... he'll probably do your ball joints while he's at it!

dmytro 03-18-2010 10:30 AM

I think I saw Sam's car at e30 meet with some serious engine swap. Respect.

Ceeker offered some help not too far so thanks guys glad this community is strong because I hate taking my car to shops.

dannyb 03-18-2010 10:55 AM

its easy to do, i did it the first time with no guidance

nachos23 03-18-2010 12:04 PM

I'm actually doing a brake job this weekend (hopefully) on my 330Xi. Just awaiting confirmation of the parts delivery. You're welcome to come by and we can do yours as well.

calegrant 03-18-2010 03:37 PM

If you end up doing it yourself, inspect the brakes and lines before you crack them open as you might need your car to get to the dealer/store to pick up parts you didn't expect you'd need. Also a C clamp with about a 4" opening is helpful when pushing the pistons back in as they'll likely need to be to fit over the rotors with new pads.

Red_Rocket 03-18-2010 07:21 PM

If you want to drive to whitby I'll give you a hand. But I'll only have time during weekday nights or Tuesday.

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