When I come across helpful videos or posts in my research I plan to share them on here as well with hopefully a little added value by providing links to the tools and products required for the project at hand. Changing disc brake pads and rotors is similar on most cars but there are usually some subtle differences so I always find it best to find a video or documentation to check for the specific car I’m working on.

Tools Used

Some of these tool sizes may vary depending on you lug nut size, etc.

7mm Allen Hex Tool

17mm and 18mm Sockets

1/2-inch Torque Wrench

1/2-inch Deep Impact Sockets


Brake Caliper Wind Back Tool – I have always changed brake pads using the C-clamp method like he uses in the video but recently changed brakes on a car (Jaguar X350) that required a special tool so I purchased a kit like this.

Parts Used

These aren’t the exact parts used in the video but they are the parts that I would choose when doing this job. The Akebono pads get positive reviews and I’ve always had good luck with them.

Akebono Ultra-Premium Ceramic Brake Pads – Front

Akebono Ultra-Premium Ceramic Brake Pads – Rear

BMW E39 5 Series Brake Rotors

Optional – if sensors need to be replaced:

Brake Pad Sensor – Front

Brake Pad Sensor – Rear

I agree with his reasoning for choosing those brake pads, low dust is always something that I look for because constantly cleaning brake dust from your wheels is not a fun pastime. Something I always do that he did not do is clean everything while I’m in there. I try to change the brakes outside or somewhere that I can scrub and rinse down the calipers as well as clean any build-up off of the fender liner, hoses, etc.



If you have a BMW E39 then I highly suggest following these guys on YouTube. They have put together several helpful videos and continue to do so.


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I am not a professional mechanic (or writer) but I take pride in fixing cars and not only keeping them going but making them better. I have slightly above average skills just like I would expect a lot of people who find this website do. Please follow my advice at your own risk... sometimes I fix things but sometimes I make them worse!

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