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      02-11-2013, 01:34 PM   #1
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Can I install a new set of pads without changing the rotors? Very small lip on the edges but otherwise they are in good shape. 43K on the original pads.
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      02-11-2013, 01:43 PM   #2
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I don't see it to be a problem (it will be better then what you have bow).

However, expect faster wear of your new pads since the rotors most definitely must have a distorted surface (from the heat distortion over time is a given - brakes as you know get very hot).

I think common practice is to give the break drums a skim cut. I would have that checked first.

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      02-11-2013, 01:58 PM   #3
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yes you can. just make sure to bed them in properly and lay a new layer of material on the current rotors. although best practice per the dealer would recommend rotors at the same time. ultimately its up to you but i do this when i switch to track pads. its fine.
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Double check the thickness to make sure they are still worth keeping.
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Double check the thickness to make sure they are still worth keeping.
Correct ... there are safety requirements I understand.

Case in point ... when I purchased my used e46 M3 from a BMW dealer in Vancouver, BC Canada in 2004 I drove her home to Edmonton, Alberta Canada where I lived at the time. It is required to get a safety check done before one can licence the car in the home Province.

I had this done at the local BMW dealer and you know what the brake drum was 1 mm below local safety requirements so I had to have them changed to get the car safety certified.

the e46 was a certified used BMW when I purchased the car and drover her home some 1200 KM.
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Correct ... there are safety requirements I understand.

Case in point ... when I purchased my used e46 M3 from a BMW dealer in Vancouver, BC Canada in 2004 I drove her home to Edmonton, Alberta Canada where I lived at the time. It is required to get a safety check done before one can licence the car in the home Province.

I had this done at the local BMW dealer and you know what the brake drum was 1 mm below local safety requirements so I had to have them changed to get the car safety certified.

the e46 was a certified used BMW when I purchased the car and drover her home some 1200 KM.
thanks for the info. just took a look at the rotors and they do have a lip on the outer edges. does anybody resurface rotors anymore or do you just replace them?
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thanks for the info. just took a look at the rotors and they do have a lip on the outer edges. does anybody resurface rotors anymore or do you just replace them?
They do resurface ... check the prices in your area, however, first

Read this ----> Click to open

Then I recommend to run your question on Google like

Brake Drum Resurface (your town or nearest town)

This should help you out ... good luck (let your fingers do the walking using Google)
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They do resurface ... check the prices in your area, however, first

Read this ----> Click to open

Then I recommend to run your question on Google like

Brake Drum Resurface (your town or nearest town)

This should help you out ... good luck (let your fingers do the walking using Google)
thanks! that was some good ifo
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thanks! that was some good ifo
Glad to help ... that is what this forum is all about ...
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