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    Newbie who just got my E46 318Ci and need to replace brake pads. What cost am I looking at? I'm not planning to thrash the car, just normal everyday use. Is the kwik-fit deal any good or do they use crap pads? Do oem pads provide anything more than performance?
     
     

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    I'm not a brake specialist but brakes and tyres are the two main areas where you shouldn't be looking to cut costs.

    If you are looking for good value for money then try German Swedish and French.

    I'm sure another member will be able to assist you on this matter very shortly
     
     

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    Dont let kwik fit touch your brakes mate, cheap parts and untrained fitters.
    Like A20 said, good pads from Gsf should do the job. Look out for makes like pagid.
    To have the job done by a decent garage should cost you no more than an hours labour and the price of the pads. Just please dont cut corners with brakes, its not worth it.
     
     

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    Thanks for that, no kwik-fit for my car then.p Is it possible to replace the pads myself using only the jack, one wheel at a time provided I have all the other tools of course? Or do I need to raise the whole front/rear?
     
     

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    BMW pads aren't all that expencive! Pad change is easy but if you ve never done it befor you might find it more hassel than its worth! Then when you **** it up it might cost you a lot more! Best off taking it to a nice private garage and see if they will let you watch them do it! Then next time you will have an idea of what you are doing.

    However if you want to try it then.

    you can do one corner at a time.
    Take off the wheel
    Unbolt caliper (carfull not to stretch or damage the hose! I normally cable tie it up to the spring so if you do drop it it wont yank on the hose)

    remove the pads (held in with clips which need removing)

    Clean the caliper of with some brake cleaner

    Take the cap off the fluid resivior and stuff so rag or towel around it. Then you then need to push the piston back in. (you can get a tool for this from most car related places). Make sure you push it back in square otherwise you can damage the seal. The fluid may overflow from the resivior when you do this.

    The you should use some copper slip to grease up the moving parts on the calipers.

    I also tend to use some abrasive sand paper just to deglaze the discs and new pads befor refitting.
     
     

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    Do you feel confident using this as a guide?

    http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/tech...Brake_Pads.htm

    If in doubt do not touch!
     
     

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    E46 front pads DIY http://m3.madrussian.net/diy_front_brake_pads.shtml

    discs DIY http://m3.madrussian.net/diy_front_brake_rotors.shtml

    cheap pads from a Happy Shopper maker will make a horrible squeal noise and you won't be a happy bunny when you can't get rid of it.
     
     

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    thanks all this seems pretty easy as I've been servicing the brakes on my bike for a few years now and it looks the same principle. Problem is I don't have time to sort it out this week and need the car for Saturday morning so it will be going to the garage this time. I got 2 quotes at 280 and 260 quid for replacing all pads and sensors does this sound reasonable?
     
     

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    The sensors are the bit that costs the money

    Do ALL the brakes need doing or is it just fronts or just rears?
     
     

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    Funny you say that cause sensors on gsf are a fiver each or so and it's only 2 of them to be replaced as far as I know. Not sure if it's both front and rear that need replacing, but the rear ones seem more worn than the fronts. I'll have a better look in daylight. Still i would think 260 is a bit hefty...
     
     

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