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Old 08-17-2007, 04:37 PM   #1
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I found out my BMW has Single-piston swing-caliper disc brakes. I assumed more pistons the better the brakes but now I am confused. Anyone know what kind of brakes these are.
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I have never heard of a swing-caliper. A sliding or floating caliper is standard on all but a few sports cars.

A floating caliper (one or two piston) is generally less expensive and has better clearance for the inside of the wheel.

A fixed caliper with opposing pistons (2,4,6) is more ridged, lighter, expensive and, has more even pad pressure and wear.
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I believe they mean the caliper will swing out of the way, after removing one bolt, allowing you to easily change the pads.
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I just hope I dont have to bring it to the sealer only for brake pads etc. Why cant all this stuff be universal.
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Because it'* a BMW...

Seriously though, I have heard that those things aren't the easiest or cheapest things to repair. And that they need repair often.
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