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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Tue, Mar-13-2012, 09:00:22 PM   #11
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Default Re: Is a long brake pedal normal in an E36?

Are you sure you don't have a stuck sliding caliper? If one or more calipers were stuck, it would cause the pedal to travel farther than normal on initial application of the brakes, then "pump up" with successive applications until it was at a more or less normal amount of travel. Then if you drove the car around a bit without applying the brakes, the first application of the brakes would result in long pedal travel, etc.
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Default Re: Is a long brake pedal normal in an E36?

I was hoping it would be an easy fix like a stuck caliper, but unfortuantely that's not the case. Since I've been tracking the car, the brakes have been disassembled and rebuilt multiple times in the past year, and I've manually verifired that everything is moving just as it should.
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Default Re: Is a long brake pedal normal in an E36?

I know this is super old but I am having a similar issue. I replaced my lines with stainless lines and accidentally let my master cylinder run dry. Ended up with a leak and figured my original MC was leaking. Replaced it with the same issues but was able to get it properly bled (as far as I know) and my brakes work exactly like yours. Long pedal throw/dead play before biting but I went to the track yesterday and it bites hard.

Just replaced all pads and rotors and the pedal is the same as it was prior. I don't remember if my car was like this prior to installing lines as I was doing a bunch of other stuff to the vehicle and hadn't driven it in over a year and a half.

The car works, but I am a little concerned.
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