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Thanks to Mike S. and Napa02 for helping me recently in the diagnosis of my sticking caliper . This was a rebuilt unit with only 12,000 miles. I was able to source another rebuilt one from brakewarehouse.com, the only place I could find selling these now.

And thanks to all who contribute on this forum as it is a great tool in helping us keep these wonderful cars on the road.

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Sorry to Hijack your thread...but my question is semi related....related to this post and a recent post of mine....just installed new rebuilt caliper, pads, and rotors...only put the new claiper on one side...the other was rebuilt recently....

Anyway, I've got a constant rubbing sound at any speed. the new calipers have turned purple/blue.....with the wheels off, and the pistons fully seated, the pads are fairly tight against the rotors on both the left and right wheels....I can spin the wheel, with some effort, and make the same noise I hear when driving......

My questions.... can the brake pads be TOO thick? They are easily inserted and extracted with some needle nose pliers, but they seem to be just a few milimeters too thick...If they are too thick, can I sand them down, or have them ground?


Brian.....they guy that is perpetually in need of mechanical advice....

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I imagine you would have had to get the caliper pistons compressed all the way into their bores to install the new pads. I have never seen a case of pads that were too thick, although I won't rule it out. You replaced the calipers and pads although you don't mention the flexible lines being replaced. The flexible lines can swell and act as a one way valve where they will allow fluid to go to the caliper but not return. This causes the caliper to drag. Try pushing the pistons into the caliper and reinstalling the pads. Press the brake pedal and check to see if you still have dragging with the front of the car in the air as you did before. If you do then I would recommend replacing the flexible brake lines.


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.....and YES - 'aftermarket' brake pads can be "too thick'

yes - best to sand all pads to EQUAL thickness on

belt sander - flat surface plate

BMW Jurid / Textar pads come with true specs

and finer machined metal backing plates

which fit the caliper sliding surface

with better tolerance.

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