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#2549727 - 02/26/12 10:29 PM Re: Recommendation: Front Pads for 2008 BMW 528xi [Re: barlowc]
nleksan Offline


Registered: 11/20/08
Posts: 587
Loc: Cincinnati, OH
The black painted rotors are different from what I have used, but I would imagine they will remain black for their life in all places not swept by pads. If they are slotted, the slots would not lose their black either.

I am happy for you and your new brakes! Enjoy them in good health! Don't forget to check out Stoptech's website for their recommended bedding procedure... Some say it is of no use, but I have done it on everything from my 4cyl Camry to my 4 wheel Big Brake Kit, and it always has been beneficial...
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#2556132 - 03/03/12 09:39 PM Re: Recommendation: Front Pads for 2008 BMW 528xi [Re: nleksan]
barlowc Offline


Registered: 03/16/09
Posts: 2092
Loc: Southeast Michigan
Did the job today. It went fairly well other than a few bolts that really took some effort to bust loose. Also, the rotors were so warn that they had raised lips all around the perimeter so we had a hard time sliding the calipers off.

The vehicle's computer indicated that the pads had 300 miles left on them. I previously suspected that the computer would have been pretty conservative and that there'd still be some decent meat on the pads. I was wrong; the computer was right. It seemed to be very accurate in when the brakes needed to be done.
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#2558470 - 03/05/12 11:36 PM Re: Recommendation: Front Pads for 2008 BMW 528xi [Re: barlowc]
UG_Passat Offline


Registered: 05/27/08
Posts: 1314
Loc: NJ
My lowly German car has Centric Premiums with Akebono Euro Ceramic pads...

anyway... for a 2008.... it's overdue for a brake fluid flush.

ATE SL.6 or Pentosin DOT4 LV would be suitable for the ABS/ESP hydraulic controller

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#2566314 - 03/13/12 01:28 PM Re: Recommendation: Front Pads for 2008 BMW 528xi [Re: barlowc]
nthach Offline


Registered: 01/02/04
Posts: 2064
Loc: California
I'd get OEM supplier - Pagid, Textar, ATE. Mintex or PBR can also work.

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#2571114 - 03/17/12 10:46 PM Re: Recommendation: Front Pads for 2008 BMW 528xi [Re: hattaresguy]
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Registered: 05/10/05
Posts: 1754
Loc: Jupiter, Fl
Originally Posted By: hattaresguy
...Also does this car have any sort of active brake system? Thinking SBC like in Mercedes of that vintage. If so make sure you disable it, don't want the car doing a self check while you are playing with the calipers!


Pay attention to this, you could lose a finger or worse. BMW's are triggered by opening a door, unlocking the car, opening/closing the hood as well as random pump tests - all with the keys out of the car.
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#2602029 - 04/17/12 03:42 PM Re: Recommendation: Front Pads for 2008 BMW 528xi [Re: CBR.worm]
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Registered: 03/16/09
Posts: 2092
Loc: Southeast Michigan
OP Update: After a couple of weeks, my brother started to notice a slight shudder when braking. It became progressively worse, so he decided to take it in to the BMW dealer today.

The dealer measured the run-out and found that the left rotor measured 4mm of run-out and the right measured 3mm of run-out. So both rotors were warped pretty bad and the technician said that much run-out is abnormal, especially in such a short time frame. Everything else on the cars braking system checked out A-OK.

I don't know what I could have done wrong to cause that. I've done disc brakes numerous times before and never had any problems. I'm always very careful when putting the wheels back on and tightening the nuts properly.

Do you think the BMW was just too much car for the Centric 120 Series rotors? Or were they simply garbage quality?

Now he's going back and forth with RockAuto to get a refund. They're giving him some grief because it's been more than 30 days. And they refuse to do anything about the pads, which I kind of understand, but at the same time the dealer wouldn't use them when they fixed everything up.
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#2602047 - 04/17/12 04:11 PM Re: Recommendation: Front Pads for 2008 BMW 528xi [Re: barlowc]
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Registered: 04/15/10
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Loc: Atlanta,GA
Always go OEM when possible.
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#2602439 - 04/18/12 01:48 AM Re: Recommendation: Front Pads for 2008 BMW 528xi [Re: barlowc]
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Registered: 08/30/04
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Loc: Walnut Creek, CA
Have you tried contacting Centric directly?
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#2602535 - 04/18/12 07:27 AM Re: Recommendation: Front Pads for 2008 BMW 528xi [Re: The Critic]
barlowc Offline


Registered: 03/16/09
Posts: 2092
Loc: Southeast Michigan
Originally Posted By: The Critic
Have you tried contacting Centric directly?

No, my brother has just contacted RockAuto since that's where he bought everything. If he can't get a satisfactory result from them, contacting Centric directly is a good idea. He used Centric rotors and StopTech pads which is a division of Centric.

But at this point he just wants as much of his money back as he can possibly get. He had the dealer put on new OEM rotors and pads, at a significant cost might I add.
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