1981 BMW 3-Series Brakes

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      $211.10$168.88
      BMW 3-Series With Solid Rotors 1981, Solid Drilled and Slotted Front Rotors by Chrome Brakes®. Quantity: 1 Pair, Outside Diameter: 255mm, Lug Holes: 4, Weight: 23. This is a set of OEM-sized replacement rotors with slots and...
      # 10745149
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      $141.45$113.16
      BMW 3-Series 1981, High Performance Street 5.0 Front Brake Pads by Hawk®. FMSI: D109, Thickness: 0.56". These revolutionary brake pads provide advanced stopping power for your vehicle without triggering your ABS. They are...
      Better braking over OE padsPushing the limits of ABS
      # 47238465
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      $117.53$94.02
      BMW 3-Series 1981, High Performance Street Front Brake Pads by Hawk®. FMSI: D109, Thickness: 0.56". These are replacement brake pads designed for an aggressive level of street driving with more repetitive, heavy braking. While...
      # 5810783
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      $161.96$129.57
      BMW 3-Series 1981, High Performance Street Race Front Brake Pads by Hawk®. FMSI: D109, Thickness: 0.56". When choosing brake pads for your high-performance street car, consider these high-performance pads by Hawk. Hawk brake pads...
      Aggressive torqueExtended rotor and pad wear life
      # 47238472
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      $150.70from $120.56 - $183.25
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Motorsports Performance Compound Front Brake Pads by Hawk®. FMSI: D109. These brake pads are ideal for racers and street drivers looking for highly-engineered friction products. Hawk Motorsports Performance...
      Consistent pedal feelLow pad wear
      # 47263462
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      $123.39$98.71
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Performance Ceramic Front Brake Pads by Hawk®. FMSI: D109, Thickness: 0.56". These brake pads are designed to maximize all the benefits of ceramic construction to create pads that provide a high level of smooth...
      # 5812727
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      $25.60$20.48
      BMW 3-Series 1981, C-Tek™ Standard Front Brake Rotor by Centric®. Manufactured using quality G3000 metallurgy and designed with a non-directional finish, this rotor provides superior braking power, high durability, excellent...
      OE style replacement rotorNon-directional finish
      # 18804341
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      $53.05$42.44
      BMW 320i 1981, Brake Disc by Balo®. - Solid. Position: Front. Solid. Are your brakes making noise? Is your vehicle’s stopping power not what it used to be? Brake repairs are not something that can be put off, but before you waste...
      # 7835595
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      $14.14$11.31
      BMW 3-Series 1981, C-Tek™ Metallic Front Brake Pads by Centric®. Designed to provide consistent braking power without brake squealing, groaning, and vibration, these brake pads also produce minimal dust and prolong rotor life....
      100% asbestos- and copper-free formulasSemi-metallic compounds for excellent braking performance
      # 20649777
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      $39.78$31.82
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Formula 100 Series OEM Front Brake Pads by Centric®. Designed to perfectly fit your vehicle and meet/exceed the exacting standards for OE braking performance, these pads are a true OE formulation, manufactured...
      Application specific friction formula so your vehicle stops the way it was designed to stopDesigned to meet or exceed standards for OE braking performance
      # 20650626
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      $27.65$22.12
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Posi Quiet™ Premium Ceramic Front Brake Pads by Centric®. These pads are manufactured using the positive molding process to assure consistent friction material density throughout the pad for excellent braking...
      Stable friction performance across a wide temperature rangeLongest wearing most advanced material available
      # 20651501
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      $20.35$16.28
      BMW 3-Series 1981, ThermoQuiet™ Ceramic Front Brake Pads by Wagner®. Quieter braking, superior stopping power under any conditions, and long pad life – that's what you get with these one-piece brake pads with Integrally Molded...
      Proprietary friction formulations provide quiet operation, unmatched braking performance, and less dustThe Dynamic Noise Absorption (DNA) technology targets and absorbs vibration at the point of contact for less noise
      # 18759662
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      $30.65$24.52
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Dynamics™ Front Brake Pads by Monroe®. Dynamics Brake Pads utilize Positive Molding Technology. This unique performance-enhancing feature provides denser friction consistency for better stopping performance and...
      Offers dependable stopping performance for today's import and domestic passenger cars and light trucksFeatures semi-metallic pad and positive molding technology which delivers OE quality
      # 17754373
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      $33.41$26.73
      BMW 3-Series 1981, QuietCast™ Premium Organic Front Brake Pads by Bosch®. Material Organic. If you're looking for responsive braking performance and noise-free operation, these brake pads are definitely a great option. Featuring...
      Highly engineered and tested friction material (platform-specific ceramic/semi-metallic/NAO) provides superior performanceDirect fit
      # 24217153
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      $48.96$39.17
      BMW 320i 1981, Brake Pad Set by Jurid®. - With Shims. Position: Front. Are your brakes making noise? Is your vehicle’s stopping power not what it used to be? Brake repairs are not something that can be put off, but before you...
      # 7746398
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      $54.05$43.24
      BMW 320i 1981, Metal Master Brake Pad Set by PBR®. - With Shims. Position: Front. Are your brakes making noise? Is your vehicle’s stopping power not what it used to be? Brake repairs are not something that can be put off, but...
      # 8623491
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      $34.51from $27.61 - $28.97
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Remanufactured Rust Preventative Finish Disc Brake Caliper by A1 Cardone®. Without Bracket, Bleeder Size: M7 x 1.0, Inlet Port Size: M10 x 1.0, Piston Material: Metal, Piston Quantity: 2, Quantity: 1 per Pack,...
      50-state emissions street legalThe finest quality at a great price
      # 45299482
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      $58.34$46.67
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Premium Brake Master Cylinder by Centric®. Manufactured to OE and OES standards, this cylinder easily restores the braking system building the required amount of hydraulic pressure that is necessary for braking a...
      Designed to match OE quality, configuration, and fitmentMeets OE and OES standards and specifications
      # 19149848
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      $78.24$62.59
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Brake Master Cylinder With 4 Outlets by Dorman®. Bore Diameter: 13/16"; Forward Outlet Size: (2) M10 x 1.0; Rearward Outlet Size: (2) M10 x 1.0; without Reservoir; Material: Cast Iron; without Sensor; For FMSI:....
      Cylinder housing is constructed from high-quality cast iron or aluminum for long-lasting durabilityAll rubber components are of high-quality EPDM compound for resistance to glycol-based brake fluid
      # 17883868
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      $35.63from $28.50 - $42.95
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Gray Brake Master Cylinder by Cardone®. Port Count: with 3 Ports, Port Size: M10 x 1.0, M10 x 1.0, M10 x 1.0, Quantity: 1 per Pack, Include: Bleeder Kit. CARDONE Select Engineered (CSE) Technology ensures that...
      50-state emissions street legalThe finest quality at a great price
      # 45299479
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      $180.85$144.68
      BMW 320i 1981, Brake Master Cylinder by FTE®. Note: Cast Iron. Are your brakes making noise? Is your vehicle’s stopping power not what it used to be? Brake repairs are not something that can be put off, but before you waste your...
      # 7835826
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      $26.10$20.88
      BMW 3-Series New Brake Shoe 1981, Premium Rear Brake Shoes by Centric®. To provide excellent fit and reliable performance, these shoes are precision ground and come with OE style pins and levers. With specially formulated and dyno...
      Premium quality and performancePrecision ground for an exact fit and function
      # 19151007
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      $33.69$26.95
      BMW 3-Series With 9.84" x 1.58" Brake Drum Size 1981, QuickStop™ Rear Drum Brake Shoes by Wagner®. Dependable stopping power is what you can expect with these QuickStop Brake Shoes offered by one of the leading OE & Aftermarket...
      OE-matched friction formulations and configurations for reliable, like-new braking performance and maximum durabilityDesigned, tested and certified in the USA by Wagner’s OE Engineers
      # 36568166
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      $39.68$31.74
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Global™ Relined Rear Brake Shoes by Bendix®. Attachment Method: Bonded. Featuring precision bonding, these shoes have the correct lining attachment and fitment to prevent brake friction block cracking for...
      # 18323049
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      $26.84from $21.47 - $35.42
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Rear Brake Shoes by Bendix®. These shoes deliver consistent and reliable stopping power while ensuring low noise, heat resistance, and low dust. With precision bonding, these Bendix shoes have the proper lining...
      Designed for a wide range of passenger vehicles and all road conditionsImproved non-asbestos organic lining formulation
      # 18328604
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      $64.75$51.80
      BMW 320i 1981, Brake Shoe Set by SBS®. Are your brakes making noise? Is your vehicle’s stopping power not what it used to be? Brake repairs are not something that can be put off, but before you waste your time and gas running out...
      # 7836111
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      $31.31$25.05
      BMW 3-Series 1981, C-Tek™ Standard Rear Brake Drum by Centric®. Engineered, designed, and manufactured using the latest technologies, this drum will provide OE fitment and performance at a great value. Its configured with G3000...
      High quality at an affordable priceHighly durable and reliable
      # 19146561
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      $31.81$25.45
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Premium Rear Brake Drum by Centric®. With OE style casting, OE specification mill balancing, and machined finish, this brake drum guarantees factory fit, form, and function for driver confidence behind the wheel....
      OE style castingOE specification mill balancing
      # 19149281
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      $82.86$66.29
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Brake Drum by Zimmermann®. NLA 8.14. Note: 250mm. Are your brakes making noise? Is your vehicle’s stopping power not what it used to be? Brake repairs are not something that can be put off, but before you waste...
      # 7827481
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      $11.30$9.04
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Premium Rear Wheel Cylinder by Centric®. This cylinder is a high quality, direct fit OE replacement brake part that includes brass inserts and aluminum castings, where applicable, for leak-free long-lasting...
      Designed to meet OE specificationsIncludes pistons, cup seals, and dust boots
      # 19152128
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      $11.43$9.14
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Rear Drum Brake Wheel Cylinder by Dorman®. Bore Diameter: 3/4"; Brake Component Inlet Thread Size: M10x1; With Bleeder Screw; Material: Cast Iron. Direct replacement Wheel Cylinder kits are an excellent solution...
      Made with high quality EPDM rubber cups and boots for long lasting performanceRestores the original Wheel Cylinder’s service life when the bore finish can be adequately surfaced
      # 17860755
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      $25.09$20.07
      BMW 320i 1981, Wheel Cylinder by TRW®. Note: 19mm. Are your brakes making noise? Is your vehicle’s stopping power not what it used to be? Brake repairs are not something that can be put off, but before you waste your time and gas...
      # 8856379
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      $10.63from $8.50 - $9.45
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Brake Hose by Centric®. Manufactured under the highest quality standards to meet or exceed OE quality, form, and function, this hose will provide reliable and long-lasting service life. It's designed to be a...
      Made of high-quality materialsMatches original equipment parts in quality, configuration, and fitment
      # 20319288
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      $11.68from $9.34 - $9.60
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Brake Hydraulic Hose by Dorman®. without Gaskets; Bracket Material: No Bracket Required; End Fitting Material: Treated Steel; Hose Material: EPDM Rubber; Jacket Material: Rubber. Direct replacement Hydraulic...
      Quality construction ensures strength, chemical and thermal resistance for longer lifeBrake Hoses with banjo end fittings include new copper washers to ensure proper sealing
      # 17825987
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      $41.56$33.25
      BMW 320i 1981, Booster Vacuum Hose by Cohline®. Note: 1 Meter. Are your brakes making noise? Is your vehicle’s stopping power not what it used to be? Brake repairs are not something that can be put off, but before you waste your...
      # 7746216
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      $8.71$6.97
      BMW 320i 1981, Brake Hose by SBS®. Position: Front. Are your brakes making noise? Is your vehicle’s stopping power not what it used to be? Brake repairs are not something that can be put off, but before you waste your time and...
      # 7835684
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      $16.85$13.48
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Parking Brake Cable by Dorman®. Cable Length: 64.06"; Conduit Length: 24"; Color/Finish: Black; Cable Jacket Material: Rubber. Brake Cables are responsible for application of the parking or emergency brake. When...
      Inner cables are sheathed and lubricated to provide longer life and improved performanceFlexible casings are completely covered with conduit to prevent corrosion of interior cables
      # 17870981
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      $37.24$29.79
      BMW 320i 1981, Parking Brake Cable by Gemo®. Are your brakes making noise? Is your vehicle’s stopping power not what it used to be? Brake repairs are not something that can be put off, but before you waste your time and gas...
      # 7845527
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      $6.40$5.12
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Brake Pad Sensor by Centric®. This sensor is manufactured under the highest quality standards to effectively monitor and determine the condition of the brake pads. With this sensor, you can make necessary...
      Made of premium quality materialsReady to install
      # 20649115
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      $12.46$9.97
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Front Electronic Pad Wear Sensor by Carlson®. The pad wear sensor will illuminate the brake light on the dash, alerting you that brake pad replacement is required, and allowing enough time to make repair before...
      Senses when brake pads wear outOE fit and function
      # 22738551
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      $18.44$14.75
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Intermotor™ Front Disc Brake Pad Wear Sensor by Standard®. SMP’s vision is to be the leading independent supplier to the automotive aftermarket, providing the highest quality products, competitive prices and...
      OE quality parts from top original equipment and aftermarket manufacturersFast shipping; 1-2 day delivery time regardless of where you’re located
      # 45059107
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      $12.59$10.07
      BMW 320i 1981, Electronic Brake Pad Sensor by Pex®. Position: Front. Are your brakes making noise? Is your vehicle’s stopping power not what it used to be? Brake repairs are not something that can be put off, but before you waste...
      # 7686486
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      $6.40$5.12
      BMW 3-Series ATE Brake / Girling Brakes 1981, Front Caliper Repair Kit by Centric®. Rebuilding a brake caliper can be an economical alternative to buying a new unit. This kit includes new OE spec seal(s) and boot(s) for leak-free...
      Saves you money and restores your caliperDesigned to meet OE quality, configuration, and fitment
      # 20313468
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      $15.73from $12.58 - $15.06
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Front Disc Brake Hardware by Centric®. Designed for your specific application, this kit gives you all the parts needed for a disc brake service, except for brake pads and rotors. All items are manufactured under...
      Built to precise specifications in form, fit, and functionEliminates brake noise
      # 35082064
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      $15.33$12.26
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Rear Drum Brake Hardware Kit by Centric®. Are you looking for high-quality hardware to complete your brake job? This drum brake hardware kit includes all the parts you need to make the brake system operate...
      Matches original equipment parts in quality, configuration and fitmentManufactured to OE specifications
      # 19148291
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      $13.96$11.17
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Rear Wheel Cylinder Repair Kit by Centric®. If your wheel cylinder bore is still in good shape, this repair kit is an economical alternative to a new wheel cylinder. It includes the spring, cup seals and dust boots.
      Saves you money and restores your wheel cylinderDesigned to meet OE quality, configuration, and fitment
      # 19152709
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      $20.26$16.21
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Replacement Front Caliper Piston by Centric®. This caliper piston is manufactured to be just like the OE part that was included with your vehicle, so you can be certain of its functionality and fitment. Made from...
      Will provide proper performance throughout the lifetime of the caliperMade from premium materials
      # 20314676
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      $2.45from $1.96 - $9.64
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Front Stainless Steel Bleeder Screw by Dorman®. Save time and money with this alternative to pressure or vacuum equipment. Engineered with a built-in check valve that eliminates the need for specialized...
      Easy, straightforward and fastStainless, brass and zinc-coated to powerfully resist corrosion and stripping
      # 43226759
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      $2.45from $1.96 - $9.64
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Front Stainless Steel Bleeder Screw by Dorman®. Save time and money with this alternative to pressure or vacuum equipment. Engineered with a built-in check valve that eliminates the need for specialized...
      Easy, straightforward and fastStainless, brass and zinc-coated to powerfully resist corrosion and stripping
      # 31535329
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      $2.95$2.36
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Brake Hose Lock by Dorman®. Dorman’s Brake Hose Locks are constructed from high-quality materials for a prolonged service life. They also offer a comprehensive line of Brake Hoses for a broad spectrum of...
      Effectively secures the brake hose to the vehicleCorrosion-resistant for long-lasting durability against harsh road and weather conditions
      # 45733110
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      $10.58$8.46
      BMW 3-Series With Girling Calipers 1981, Front Disc Brake Caliper Repair Kit by Dorman®. Bore Diameter: 1-7/8". Dorman’s Disc Brake Caliper Repair Kit contains the components necessary for repair of the Disc Brake Caliper. All of...
      Replacement restores disc brakes to proper operationReplacement prevents uneven braking
      # 17886315
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      $18.81from $15.05 - $17.59
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Front Disc Brake Hardware Kit by Dorman®. Dorman’s Disc Brake Hardware Kit is constructed from high-quality materials for a prolonged service life. Replacement restores the disc brakes to proper operation,...
      Corrosion-resistant for long-lasting durability against harsh road and weather conditionsReplacement prevents uneven braking and brake squeal
      # 45752379
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      $15.24$12.19
      BMW 3-Series With 250mm (9.84") x 40mm (1.57") Brakes 1981, Rear Drum Brake Hardware Kit by Dorman®. Dorman’s Drum Brake Hardware Kits are constructed from high-quality materials for a prolonged service life. Replacement restores...
      Corrosion-resistant for long-lasting durability against harsh road and weather conditionsReplacement prevents uneven braking
      # 45733111
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      $6.73$5.38
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Front Brake Bleeder Screw Set by Carlson®. A brake bleeder screw is normally mounted at the highest point on each cylinder or caliper and used to release air and old brake fluid from the brake system. When it...
      Releases air and fluid from the brake systemOE fit and function
      # 22731828
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      $17.48$13.98
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Front Disc Brake Hardware Kit by Carlson®. When you are installing disc brake pads, install new hardware to ensure quiet, dependable braking performance. This kit by Carlson makes a world of difference giving you...
      OE quality at an affordable priceOE fit and function
      # 37860970
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      $20.78$16.62
      BMW 3-Series With 9.84" x 1.57" Brakes 1981, Rear Drum Brake Hardware Kit by Carlson®. To complete your brake job, use this kit by Carlson that offers all the components necessary for even shoe contact and wear. It includes all the...
      Restores like-new braking performanceReduces brake noise
      # 22737344
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      $13.99$11.19
      BMW 3-Series 1981, Brake Bleed Screw Cap by Genuine®. Position: Rear. Dust cap. Are your brakes making noise? Is your vehicle’s stopping power not what it used to be? Brake repairs are not something that can be put off, but...
      # 8787752
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      $34.75$27.80
      BMW 320i 1981, Caliper Repair Kit by FAG®. Position: Front. Are your brakes making noise? Is your vehicle’s stopping power not what it used to be? Brake repairs are not something that can be put off, but before you waste your...
      # 7841016
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      $7.59$6.07
      BMW 320i 1981, Brake Bleed Screw by FTE®. Position: Front. Ventilation Valve. Are your brakes making noise? Is your vehicle’s stopping power not what it used to be? Brake repairs are not something that can be put off, but before...
      # 7835526
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      $3.53$2.82
      BMW 320i 1981, Brake M/C O-Ring by FTE®. Are your brakes making noise? Is your vehicle’s stopping power not what it used to be? Brake repairs are not something that can be put off, but before you waste your time and gas running...
      # 7835809



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