: Self-service brakes, tools required?

09-08-12, 07:19 PM
I'm about to change out all my rotors/pads. I've done this before on other cars, just wondering what specific tools I need to do the job on my 09 STS. No Haynes manual available for our model so not sure how to be fully prepared. Thanks!

09-08-12, 07:30 PM
Skip the Haynes manual anyway, too generic, get a FSM.

09-08-12, 08:19 PM
From where?

09-08-12, 09:36 PM
Well there is always www.alldatadiy.com

09-08-12, 09:41 PM
Is it worth it? I won't be doing much work on the car myself over the next few years as I have the CPO, the brakes are about all I plan on.

09-08-12, 10:50 PM
No different than brakes on most. No special tools needed. I have a brake "cube" and it's not needed on these simple press in. Can be done with basic hand tools and a brain.

09-09-12, 12:22 AM
So then I would take it as our STS uses the drum ebrake setup in the rear if they are just simple push in the pistons for the rear?
I.e. the car uses the flat part of the rotor for main rear braking and the rotor's center is large enough that there are drum shoes on the inside that are connected to the ebrake cable. (this is the setup for my 01 monte carlo SS)

09-09-12, 01:19 AM
OK cool, so no particular torque settings or anything anywhere?

09-10-12, 03:55 PM
OK cool, so no particular torque settings or anything anywhere?

Not BMW torque requirements, but you still don't want to over-torque anything, ever.