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1990 BMW 325i front brakes - wrong pads?

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May 23, 2015, 12:15 PM

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I'm doing the front brakes on my 1990 BMW 325i. The passenger side was wearing very unevenly (outer was gone, inner was barely used up) and the drivers' side was barely worn at all. The replacement pads look just like the ones that were on it, but they don't look at all like the ones on any youtube how videos or any images of pads when i search in online stores.

The calipers are "girling" (not sure that matters or not, the parts store didn't ask).

The pads in the back look identical to the ones in the videos/images i see online. What's going on? Did the people that i got the car from use the wrong pads, resulting in the bad wear? I'm so confused!

Tom Greenleaf
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May 23, 2015, 1:40 PM

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How many pistons does that caliper use? If two, and outside on one side of car on that axle is worn it's frozen. You should know how to check if it/they are free.

I can't speak for all the garbage on YouTube!
Use of words for wear vary from person to person? IDK what parts person meant. Girling? Maybe Grinding, Knurling or some other thought. If pads are rusty the friction lining may just have fallen off the metal backing plate?

If you wish to cheap out a brake job fine but make it safe please,



May 23, 2015, 2:05 PM

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girling is the brand of caliper. I guess BMW used a couple different types on that year. Caliper only has one piston. I did some more poking around and discovered that the caliper mount bolt on the passenger side doesn't moved very freely at all, so that's why the pads are wearing unevenly.

Still can't figure out how the new pads are supposed to be installed in the caliper

Hammer Time
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May 23, 2015, 2:08 PM

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Girling is the brand name of the caliper. I don't know if that is what you meant by the term "axle" but I suspect the slides for that caliper are frozen.


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