BMW E36 Brake pipe replacement DIY guide.
This guide will help you to see what's involved with replacing the rear brake pipes on a BMW E36. This 1997 E36 in question had ABS, and a joiner up by the tank, unlike the later models that have pipes going complete from front to rear.
The reason we are changing the pipes, rusty and failed the MOT.
Remove the rear seat base, just pull up on each front corner and lift the base out.
Convertible models will need the roof motor release lever unbolting. 2 x 10mm nuts.
Peel back the carpet, underlay and remove the 2 fuel tank sender metal covers. Unplug the electrical connectors and move the covers to the side.
Jam the brake pedal half way down, this will stop all of the fluid leaking out from the brake fluid reservoir. I used a bar wedged between the seat and the pedal.
Remove the rear exhaust. I removed this one from the rubber mounts as the rear exhaust box clamps were very rusty. 2 x 13mm bolts. 4 x 13mm nuts.
Remove the exhaust heat shield. 6 x 10mm bolts.
Remove the 2 plastic shields, one each side of the tank. 2 x 10mm nuts. 2 x 8mm bolts.
Using a brake pipe spanner, slacken and remove the 2 brake pipe unions for the T piece joiner.
Remove the 3 fuel tank straps. 3 x 13mm bolts. The right hand strap has a washer above the strap when you slacken the 13mm bolt. The tank can hang on the propshaft.
Slacken and remove the brake pipe unions from the flexi pipes. Mine were very rusty, so I chopped through the pipes and used a "turbo" socket on the unions.
Now with the tank hanging on the propshaft, you can unclip the brake pipes, I reach through the tank sender holes and unclip them, saves breaking the clips. Pull down on the tank and slip the pipes out from either side.
Sent from BMW Forums.info. The thinking man's BMW forum.