There’s no doubt that brakes are the most important safety item on any car, and your BMW is no different . To keep your BMW’s brakes performing safely you should be aware of any unusual sounds or vibrations while braking. Often customers may hear an unusual noise when braking or feel a pulsing or vibration, and they may over look it. If this is the case your BMW brakes may need some attention. There are other ways to tell if you are in need of brakes on your BMW. Most BMWs have brake lining sensors located in the left front and the right rear brake system that measure the amount of brake pad material remaining on your car. If you have any doubts as to the condition of your brakes you should bring your BMW to Evan’s and we can examine your brakes and let you know what needs to be done. Depending on the year and model of your BMW a typical brake job will consist of the following:
Brake Pad technology is consistently changing. There are many different types of brake pad material compositions available for your BMW ranging from stock compound to full race application. While we doubt our customers are racing their X3 through the streets of Cincinnati, we will use a brake pad that fits your needs and is one that meet or exceed the stock BMW pad.
Brake Rotors or Discs
Starting in 1992, most brake rotors for BMWs are not able to be used more than once as they typically will be below the minimum allowable thickness when brakes pads are due. We measure each rotor before replacement to determine if the rotor can be re-used. BMW rotors are intentionally thin in order to save weight and increase performance. Evan’s Auto Care offers original equipment manufacturer rotors, performance rotors and we can also special order rotors for different driving applications.to full race application. While we doubt our customers are racing their X3 through the streets of Cincinnati, we will for a brake pad that fits your needs and is one that performs slightly better than the stock BMW.
Clean all Brake Components and Adjust Emergency Brakepad
Proper cleaning of all brake components is critical during any brake job to insure that your BMW brakes work as efficiently as possibly with minimal heat build up. During each brake job we clean all brake parts, inspect the integrity of your brake calipers and remove rust a debris from your wheel hub and brake caliper hanger. During each rear brake job we also inspect your emergency brake shoes for any cracking as well as properly adjusting the hand brake shoes according to BMW specifications. All this is done to insure that your BMW brakes are at optimal performance.
Brake Fluid Flush
The regular service interval for a brake fluid flush is 2 years. This interval is accelerated for cars that see the track or race cars.
There are a important reasons to flush your brake fluid regularly; contamination and age. Brake fluid is hygroscopic, go ahead Google it. Brake fluid absorbs water, and water saturation decreases the boiling point of the fluid. Under hard braking a tremendous amount of heat is created from the friction of the pad and rotor contact.
This heat causes your brake fluid to actually boil within your brake lines and calipers. When the brake fluid boils, it creates pockets of air inside of your braking system. This causes a mushy pedal and reduces braking ability. Another important reason to have your brake fluid regularly inspected and serviced is that the moisture in old brake fluid causes corrosion. This corrosion attacks the inside of expensive brake components.