Question about 1999 BMW 318 ti
I have recently replaced the brake discs and pads all round which I have always found very easy with other cars I have owned previously. My problems have been two fold.
Firstly after removing the old rear disc/hub I encountered a problem fitting the new pads. I prised back the cylinder as far as it would go, however the problem didn't seem to be related to this. With the metal securing hooks of the first pad firmly secured in to the piston and cleanly situated in position against the one face of the caliper, the second pad didn't have enough room for it's back plate to clear the caliper and therefore slide into the correct positon. I took the sliding part of the caliper off and settled both pads to each extreme of the remain caliper to check if the disc had ample room to sit between, which it did. It was like the wear areas of the pad were too wide to allow them to go in. Any ideas? Were these the correct pads or am I being very studip and missing something obvious?
My second problem arose after accepting defeat and putting the old pads back in with the new discs as I had to get the car back on the road. The handbrake as almost need function. i had checked the wear in the internal brake shoes which looked fine still. Is there an adjustment to make them make better contact with the drum?
Any assistance would be much appreciated.
Make sure there genuine bmw parts i have come across this before with spurious parts in other cars
were you new discs same width as the old ones
Posted on Feb 27, 2010
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