Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Augusta, GA, USA
Rear brake rotor
I have an 03 LT with 51,xxx miles. My problem is the rear brake rotor. I was willing to put up with the cow bell noise until my return from FL this weekend. On the return trip to GA my friend noticed that the rotor appeared to be moving up and down on the hub and that the noise had increased to a level that he could hear it several bike lengths behind me. When we stopped for gas and inspected the rotor there is over 1/3 of inch movement in the rotor up and down on the brads holding it to the hub. I can lift the rotor and almost position it so it would come off the top brads, but the lower brads would still hold it to the hub.
Here is my dilemma and my questions. Has anyone been successful with BMW picking up any of the cost? OK before you say it, yes it could be consider a wear item, but this seems ridiculous to replace a rotor for this type of wear and this is a known problem. Second, if not successful with BMW what about a second party warranty? I have a Pinnacle second party warranty, but have a feeling they will call it a wear item. Third, if BMW or Pinnacle will not pick it up, I plan on going with the EBC rotor, since it is about ½ the cost of the BMW. It would be ridiculous to pay for a BMW replacement which would wear out in another 30 or 40,000 miles. Fourth, has anyone improvised an inexpensive fix?
Bottom line; what has been your experience with this issue and how have you approached it to gain a successful outcome?
Jim in GA
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