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BMW Z3 Brake warning light reset

Mar 29, 2014
Category
BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

When you replace the brake pads on your BMW Z3 you may find that the brake warning light needs resetting. This article tells you how to do it!

How to Replace your Brake Pads by Mike Fishwick

Mar 23, 2014
Category
General Maintenance

Many owners regard the presence of a brake pad wear warning lamp as an excuse to ignore the condition of their pads, but the warning is only given when the friction material is worn to 3 mm, when there is a risk that damage to the discs will soon occur, particularly if the owner leaves replacement until the next service.

BMW Z3 3rd Brake Light Gasket Replacement

Mar 29, 2014
Category
BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

A common complaint with leaks on the BMW Z3 seems to be in the boot and specifically around the third brake light – the root cause for this is because the gasket perishes over time.. it’s a fairly cheap and straight forward process – but I couldn’t find any guides for it so thought I’d throw one together as I’ve just done mine.

BMW Z3 Parking Brake Cable Replacement

Oct 6, 2014
Category
BMW Z3 Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul

Here's my step by step guide to fitting BMW Z3 parking brake cables. You can see in the pictures that both of the outer sheathes of the cables had completely split in half. Whilst this isn't a reason to fail the M.O.T. it is sensible to change them as water ingress can cause them to fail.

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How to Replace Your Brake Discs by Mike Fishwick

Mar 23, 2014
Category
General Maintenance

A brake disc should last – under normal use – for about 100,000 miles, but it seems to be quite a common ploy for MoT testers to “advise” owners that their brake discs are warped, and that a new set of discs and pads is necessary. In most cases this is gem of wisdom is based on nothing more than a cursory examination of the discs, which – particularly on an infrequently-used car – may exhibit signs of incomplete contact with the pads, often in the form of a rusted area around the edge of the d

How to bleed your brakes by Mike Fishwick

Mar 23, 2014
Category
General Maintenance

Brake bleeding is one of the most cost-effective maintenance tasks you can perform, an annual operation removing most of the impurities which accumulate in the lowest parts of the system. These include moisture, rubber particles worn off the piston seals, and metallic debris from cylinder bores. Moisture is absorbed through the rubber hoses and into the hygroscopic brake fluid, reducing its boiling point, and as the “wet” fluid is denser than when “dry” it will gradually find its way down and i

How to Maintain Your Handbrake by Mike Fishwick

Mar 23, 2014
Category
General Maintenance

The BMW handbrake employs drum brakes integral with the rear discs, which obviously have to be removed if access is required. This can be less than easy, and is the basis for the increased price of an Inspection 2, which on most BMWs is little different from an Inspection 1 apart from requiring that the condition of the handbrake shoes is inspected.

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