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Unread 01-17-2006, 09:21 PM   #1
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If your pads are down to metal or near it, I'ld park it until you get paid to fix it. Regardless of how "light" you apply them they still rotate so many times per feet and you're literally driving grinders not brakes. The excess heat affects: bearings, wheel seals, brake lines, calipers & brake fluid... and if it gets REALLY HOT you're risking alot more - like safety. It's a little hassle to avoid major problems.
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Unread 01-17-2006, 10:20 PM   #2
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I'm pretty sure you'll need new rotors anyway, IIRC BMW rotors are not supposed to be resurfaced.
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You may not NEED to replace your rotors. You can probaly have them turned if there is enough rotor thickness. However, with metal on metal contact I would replace the rotor.

Has your Brake Pad light come on yet? If it hasn't, I would drive the car as normal. You do have 3 other wheels braking (hopefully).

As c1apton said, you're just putting extra stress on everything else now.
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Unread 01-18-2006, 05:26 AM   #4
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Wow. If you're getting metal grinding and the brake light hasn't come on yet, I'd say there's something wrong with your pad sensors
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^could the pads be okay but the rotors have worn too thin?
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^^ that wouldn't cause metal to metal contact. Rotors are printed with a min. thickness on them and shops who do brake jobs will use a micrometer to check the thickness before and after they turn them.
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Unread 01-19-2006, 01:10 PM   #7
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thx guys. yeah i checked the rotors and those are all good not warped or nething because im experiencing no shaking or shimmying when i come to a stop. the prob is pads which is an easy fix i will be doing tomorrow.
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