Friday, September 12, 2008

R.I.P. E39 Brake Pads & Rotors

E39 Front Brakes

5 years, 6 months, 14 days, 60,731 miles, "check brake linings". Time for a new DIY endeavor.

At about forty thousand miles, I've complained to the dealership that the brakes don't feel right. After taking a look at them, the shop foreman (somehow, my car always ended up in his hands) looked at me and said - "Sir, new brake pads on this car are 10mm thick. They need to be replaced when they get down to 2mm. That usually happens at about twenty thousand miles. Yours are about 8mm thick, and you've been driving this car twice as long. Do you brake at all?" "Of course not", - I responded. - "Who needs brakes when you can downshift?"

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