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Thanks guys--great advice (archive)

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Posted by DH on December 16, 2000 at 13:30:08:

In Reply to: Re: 5--shade tree brake replacement posted by Drew Zacharda on December 15, 2000 at 20:49:52:

gotta put new pads (and rotors) on the front of the 525 this weekend. Any tricks to it? When I compress the calipers do I need to open the bleeder valve? Or just force the juice back into the master cylinder. Should I loosen, or take the top off the MC so the excess can spillout? Or is the travel so slight that it wasn't necessary to add fluid during the wear.

I usually open the MC cap, but I've also done it without opening anything.

Also--95,000 miles. Are these the original brakes?
or unlikely?
Any suggestions on pad brands? would love to cut down on brake dust, but not at the price of performance. (not high performance car)

Unlikely that they're original brakes. Definitely check your rotors for wear while you're in there. As for pads, I like PBR Deluxe. Almost ZERO dust while giving about the same stopping power as stock pads. Be sure to use anti-squeal goo on the back of the pads.

-Drew Zacharda
'90 535i 5-speed
'94 530iT

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