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This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to change rear brake pads and rotors on BMW vehicles.

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  • Grinding noise from the rear
  • Brake light on
  • Brake pad message
    • "Brake pads are worn to the minimum depth. Have the pads replaced by the nearest BMW center."

What you will need



  1. Jack up the vehicle. Loosen the lug nuts. Jack up the vehicle and support it with jack stands. If you need help with this step, follow this guide on how to remove a car wheelremove car wheel
  2. Remove retaining clip. The first step is to remove the retaining clip from the brake caliper. Use a flat head screwdriver to pry out the retaining clip. retaining clip

  3. Remove plastic caps. Use a flat head screwdriver to pry out the black caps. This will allow you to get access to the guide pins.

  4. Loosen caliper guide pins. Unscrew two caliper hose guide pins. They don't need to come out completely, just enough so that they are no longer screwed into the caliper  brake pad caliper removal

  5. Remove brake caliper. Secure the caliper to the strut. Make sure it is not hanging by the brake hose. secure brake caliper
  6. Remove the caliper bracket. Remove two 19mm bolts that mount the caliper bracket to the rear hub. You may need to use a breaker bar to get these two bolts loose. remove caliper brakcket

  7. Remove the set screw. Remove the 5mm Allen bolt that holds the rotor to the rear wheel hub. Spray penetrating oil on the bolt if it refuses to come off. Be careful with this bolt because it can easily strip. bmw remove disc rotor screw

  8. Remove rotor. The next step is to remove the rotor. On older BMWs, the rotor will be rusted, and it will be difficult to come off. Spray penetrating oil on the rotor. Rember to have the car secured so that it does not roll. Next, release the parking brakes. This is very important. If you don't release the parking brakes, you will damage the parking brake shoes. Use a rubber mallet to get the rotor off. remove bmw rear disc rotor disk 1 3 5 6 7 x1 x3 x5

  9. Press brake piston. Use a brake caliper spreader to push the brake piston into the caliper. This will create enough space so that you can install the new BMW brake pads. 

  10. Install rotor. Use a wire brush to clean any rust on the wheel hub. Next, install the new BMW rotor and the set screw. install new bmw brake rotor

  11. Install caliper bracket. Install rear caliper and torque the bracket bolts to 80 ft-lb. bmw brake pad caliper bracket torque specifications

  12. Place brake pads on the caliper. Install the brake pads on the caliper. Apply brake anti-seize lube to the back of the pads. apply lube grease to bmw brake pads

  13. Install brake caliper. Next, install the caliper with the new brake pads. Torque caliper bolts to 25 lb-ft. install new bmw brake pads discs

  14. Install the brake wear sensor. The new BMW brake wear sensor will slide into the channel on the inner brake pad. Connect the sensor to the black box under the wheel well. install brake wear sensor

  15. Inspect brakes. Install the wheel and lower the vehicle. Start the car and pump the brake pedal until it gets hard. Next, check the brake fluid level and add brake fluid if the level is low. Follow this guide on how to check/add BMW brake fluid. check bmw brakes

  16. Reset BMW Brake Wear Sensor. 

  17. Use the buttons on the dashboard to reset the brake warning light on your BMW. This can be completed using the ODO Reset button on the instrument cluster. Complete instructions can be found here. If you are not able to reset the brake light follow this guide for more help. BMW Brake Reset Unsuccessful  
BMW Rear Brake Pad Replacement Guide | DIY This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to change rear brake pads and rotors on BMW vehicles.