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Jim, Question (archive)

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Posted by EricS on July 07, 2000 at 22:41:51:

In Reply to: Re: 540iA brake rotors posted by Jim Cash on July 07, 2000 at 21:54:45:

Jim, do you replace rotors each time you replace pads? If not, do you cut the rotors? Also, what type of pads do you use.

: : Does anyone have any ideas as to how long the rotors
: : on a 99' 540iA should last? The rotors on my 95'
: : 525i needed replacement at around 40k. I don't ride
: : em or wait till the last minute to brake.

: This really depends on how you use your brakes - or whether you know how to use & maintain them effectively.

: On my last 5 series (82 528) I went through 3 sets of rotors in it's life (290,000 kms).

: My current 97 E39 has only 62,000 kms on it - but the rotors and pads are still very good.

: I do about half highway and half city driving.

: Plan ahead so you don't use your brakes more than necessary. Exercise them occasionally with some hard fast stops.

: Make sure you always torque the wheel nuts to the correct amount (about 75 lb/ft)

: Inspect the rotors and pads frequently - look for any sign of scoring (stone caught under a pad)

: Never put your car away with wet brakes - after washing drive it around a couple of blocks and get the brakes hot for drying - less corrosion of the rotor edges.

: If you abuse you brakes you might get as little as 25-30,000 kms (20,000 miles)

: Others will probably have even better tips for brake use and maintenance.

: Cheers
: Jim Cash

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