It is a well-known fact that brakes wear and break down with every push of the brake pedal, it is vital to visit J&T Automotive to have your brakes routinely inspected for issues. Since 1989 we have been Houston’s #1 independent BMW brake shop and will inspect your lines, hoses, brake warning lights, and inspect other components to properly diagnose any issues with your BMW brake system.
Common caution signs that your BMW brakes require service:
• Squealing and/or grinding noise
• Brake pedal feels hard or soft to press
• Vibration or hopping in the brake pedal
• Vehicle pulls in either direction when braking
Come to J&T Automotive immediately if you are experiencing any of the above signs of brake issues or if your BMW brake warning light comes on. It is important to stay on top of BMW brake repairs because the issue will only get more expensive and dangerous by putting off maintenance.
BMW Brakes – Best Practices
• BMW brake rotors must be measured each time BMW brake pads are replaced. Brake rotors that measure at or below minimum thickness specified by BMW will need replacing. J&T Automotive always records your rotor measurements each time your BMW brake pads are inspected.
• J&T Automotive recommends gently applying the brakes during the first 50 miles of driving on newly replaced BMW brake pads. This lets them conform to the brake rotors and helps avoid squeaking sounds.
• Even though it is considered safe practice to use worn brake rotors that meet BMW’s minimum specs, pulsation in the brake pedal will likely follow with thinner brake rotors. J&T Automotive recommends replacing BMW brake rotors that are at or below specs in order to avoid the “pulsating” sensation when braking. BMW brake rotors can never be resurfaced, the only time they are reusable is if no lip is present.
• It is common to see specials or promotional pricing on brake repairs. Always be certain you know precisely which services are included or excluded in any advertised brake special. Here at J&T Automotive there are no hidden prices or surprises when it comes to maintain and/or replacing you BMW brake components. We inspect every brake component and our friendly, expert BMW service advisers will explain every cost down to the individual component.
Houston BMW Brake Service
J&T Automotive offers fair and competitive pricing on BMW brake maintenance and repair in the greater Houston/Spring Branch area.
The most essential system on any car is the brakes. Advances in brake systems are becoming increasingly more reliable and stable, as well as more complex. BMW’s innovative brake advancements have made it a forerunner in performance safety systems.
Inspecting your BMW brake components is one of the most important jobs you can perform on your vehicle. BMW brake pads should be inspected every 10,000 miles. The pads should be replaced if the lining of the pad shows enough wear to activate the BMW pad replacement warning light. Commonly, most drivers do not inspect their brake pads regularly, and typically postpone inspection till they experience the brake warning lamp illumine on their console. You should replace the brake pads, and inspect your brake rotors immediately after seeing the BMW warning light.
Should you disregard the warning icon, you will eventually experience metal on metal contact, which is where the brake pads metal backing makes contact with the surface of the brake rotor. Applying the brakes under these conditions will not only limit braking power and performance, but will also cause damage to your brake rotors.
BMW brake rotors are damaged the moment they are grooved and are never repairable. In some vehicle brands grooved brake rotors are able to be resurfaced, but that often results in the groove being cut deeper than what is allowed per BMW specs. The best way to prevent damaging the rotors is to replace the brake pads as soon as indicated, whether the indication be from squealing sounds or the BMW warning light.
BMW Brake Calipers
BMW owners have come to J&T Automotive experiencing brake calipers that begin to “stick” or completely seize. This is often attributed to rust forming between the caliper piston and the piston bore. This rust typically collects under the dust boot that conceals the space where the piston goes into the bore. At first the piston will begin to stick and will not completely release or will release slower than the other calipers when brake pressure is applied. Ultimately, the piston will totally seize. This can be in either the relaxed position or when the piston is engaged and applying stopping force on the BMW brake pad and rotor. This may prevent the wheel from turning or may create so much heat that the brake pad gets worn.
Once the caliper begins to stick it will eventually seize completely and require immediate replacement. The heavy corrosion that builds up between the piston and piston bore will prevent the caliper from being rebuilt. In situations where the rust build up is too great, a complete replacement of the caliper is warranted. J&T Automotive recommends, in these cases, to avoid rebuilding the corroded caliper and instead replacing it with a new unit in order to ensure perfect functionality. Your BMW is a performance machine that needs to be driven with confidence and that requires the ability to brake with authority.