When it comes to the dozens of safety features that are found in your BMW, nothing is more directly responsible for it than the brakes. Designed to be quick and responsive to even the slightest tap, the braking system is responsible for slowing down and stopping your vehicle. In dangerous situations, it can even save your life, which is why it’s so important to maintain healthy brakes. But unlike other vehicles that go through a traditional brake repair, BMWs must utilize specific processes and components in order to meet the standard of safety the brand requires. That’s where Northwest Imports comes in.
At Northwest Imports in Austin, TX, we have the team to get your BMW at the level of safety the brand expects, or better. Our ASE Certified technicians and professionally trained service experts have the brand-specific tools, components, and service techniques to handle any problem with your BMW’s braking system. Whether it’s a worn brake pad or a warped disc, know that we’ll be ready to handle even the toughest of repairs!
Although the best way to maintain your brakes is to follow BMW’s Conditioned Based Service (CBS) scheduling system, the next best way is to understand the warning signs of brake failure. By understanding the signs, you’ll be able to get ahead of any problem before it worsens. Wondering what some of these warning signs are? Then Northwest Imports is here for you! Here are a few signs that it may be time for a checkup!
One thing owners should keep in mind is that a lot of stock BMW brake pads squeak and squeal early on. Unfortunately, it’s a normal thing. It should only be a concern when the sounds become louder and when they occur every time you use your brakes. This indicates that your brakes pads have worn out past the minimum level of thickness required, which is ¼ of an inch. If this is the case, please make sure you visit our shop and change those pads immediately, or deal with a bare metal caliper scraping against the brake disc. Not a good situation to be in!
If you hear this sound, please bring your BMW to our shop immediately. This indicates that your BMW’s brake pads have completely worn out and the metal calipers are now squeezing against the brake disc. This can leave deep grooves in the brake disc and even warp the brake rotor, both of which are very expensive to repair or replace!
If you notice your brake pedal is going closer to the ground to activate, then you have spongy brakes. Your brakes were designed to be ultra-responsive to touch and should activate with even a slight tap of the pedal. A typical cause for this is air or moisture getting trapped in the brake line. Make sure you visit us as soon as possible or risk having the brake pedal touch the floor and the brakes still not activating.
If your BMW is in need of new brakes, make sure you visit Northwest Imports in Austin, TX! Our ASE Certified technicians and professionally trained service experts have the brand-specific tools and service techniques to quickly repair any problem your BMW’s braking system may have. Give us a call at 512-331-7372 and schedule an appointment with us! If you’re in the area, visit our shop — 13200 Pond Springs Road C5 — and ask our service experts how we can help your BMW! All walk-ins are welcomed!*
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