BMW Brakes Work Beautifully, but Tend to Warp

The brakes in a BMW are some of the best you’ll find in a vehicle, from this Cincinnati mechanic’s experience. But there is a rub. Though the brakes will perform beautifully and are some of the safest on the market, the rotors do have a tendency to warp, which causes the steering wheel to shake. Before replacing the brakes and pads every time you have this problem, you may need to also adjust the suspension. Consult a mechanic who specializes in BMWs for more info.

Why Use BMW-Brand Parts

It is important when replacing BMW brakes to do all four rotors and pads at once, and always with dealership parts. BMW recommends replacing all rotors and pads. If you do this while adjusting any suspension problems, you’ll have a great braking system that shouldn’t give you any problems for a while.

Keep in mind that you don’t want to just turn the rotors. The excessive heat that caused the rotors to warp also changed the composition of the metal, which means they can’t be cut properly to be turned. Plus, new rotors from a dealership are not expensive. It simply doesn’t make any sense, dollar-wise, to turn them rather than replace.

Also, with any new rotors, you’ll find a coating on the brake surface. Clean them with some brake cleaner. They make assembly a much less dirty process.

Signs You Need an Import Brake Job

There are generally two ways you can tell if your import brakes need work – looking and listening. You can do a visual inspection yourself by looking at your brake pads between the spaces of the wheel spokes. In most cars, you can see the outside pad pressed against the rotor. You need at least a quarter inch of pad. If there’s anything less, time to call your mechanic. Listening is easy enough. A high pitch screeching means you’ve worn the pad down to the metal shim. That means you’re due for new brakes. Brakes can be noisy if they are wet, however, such as if it has just rained. Another sign is if the car pulls to one side or another when you apply the brakes. This is a sign if uneven wear.