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Old 08-12-2018, 10:09 AM
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so I am going to change all four of my pads today and before I started I wanted to ask a few questions, first of all does it matter what order I do the pads in? im planning on doing the front first then the back right after as long as there is no certain order, my 2nd question is while changing my pads do I need to have my break fluid resevior cap off or is that not needed when changing just the pads? My final question is if changing the pads requires me to bleed the breaks when I am finished or just simply pump them to make sure there is no air in the line?
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Old 08-12-2018, 08:23 PM
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You don't have to follow any specific order. I just replaced my pads and sensors on Friday and did fronts first and rears second...just because I was rebuilding my coilovers.
Break fluid reservoir can remain closed, the benefit to that is that you don't have to bleed the lines, just pump fluid back after you do all 4 sides.
It is important that you use new break pad sensors, those are not reusable, even if you happen to take it off without braking one of them.
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Old 08-12-2018, 11:29 PM
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I was able to get the fronts done tonight and due to not wanting to do them at night I plan on doing the rear in the morning, It was pretty simple actually, definanlly have to give credit to this forum and a few others I use they helped A LOT lol. I have one question tho, I was able to reset the warning from the front pads but the rear is still causing the service engine light to come on (at least that's what the idrive and hidden obd2 says, my question is if replacing rear sensor will also shut off my ebreak light which is illuminated red at all times currrently
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You rear pad sensor is for the rear brake only. You might need to inspect your ebrake pads and lines to see why your brake light is on. The brake light is triggered by you pulling the lever so I would assume you have another underlining issue. My order would be inspect, change, adjust the ebrake and it that does not fix it the you have to inspect the lever
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Old 08-13-2018, 05:44 AM
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Originally Posted by pocholin View Post
You don't have to follow any specific order. I just replaced my pads and sensors on Friday and did fronts first and rears second...just because I was rebuilding my coilovers.
Break fluid reservoir can remain closed, the benefit to that is that you don't have to bleed the lines, just pump fluid back after you do all 4 sides.
It is important that you use new break pad sensors, those are not reusable, even if you happen to take it off without braking one of them.
Is there a reason for reversing the spelling of "brake" for "break"? That is "Brake" fluid and "breaking" on of them. Perhaps there is a pun somewhere in there.
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Originally Posted by FormerE30Owner View Post
Is there a reason for reversing the spelling of "brake" for "break"? That is "Brake" fluid and "breaking" on of them. Perhaps there is a pun somewhere in there.
LOL, the reason would be carelessness I guess

I still get confused with English (it is not my first or second language), sorry. Frenos, is easier to spell. Just like sometimes I write proyect instead of project.
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Originally Posted by FormerE30Owner View Post
Is there a reason for reversing the spelling of "brake" for "break"? That is "Brake" fluid and "breaking" on of them. Perhaps there is a pun somewhere in there.
"break" fluid contains alcohol..."brake" fluid does not...
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Old 08-14-2018, 10:50 AM
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well from what I can tell my ebrake works fine, it engages when I pull lever and disengages when I release the lever, it doesn't seem to be sticking or anything like that. I am almost positive I have read and I know I have been told by someone recently that the read sensor being bad will cause this light to stay on, also if it was something other than sensor wouldn't there be at least another light if not even a code thrown?
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