Do brakes need to be serviced?
Yes, it’s important to regularly maintain and service your brakes so they will operate properly. If you are hearing a squeaking or squealing noise from your brakes, it’s definitely time to service your brakes.
When should I service my brakes?
An essential part of BMW repair and maintenance is brake service. The difference between good and bad brakes can mean the difference between life and death if your brakes go out at the wrong time. Your brakes should be checked at least once a year. A yearly inspection will give you an idea of the condition your brakes are in.
What is brake service?
Brake service involves checking the condition of your brakes, including the brake pads and calipers, rotors, drums and fluid. Brake service should be done anytime you feel your brakes are not performing well. Mileage may vary on brake wear but is generally seen anywhere between 20,000 miles and 50,000 miles, depending on your driving habits and the road conditions on which you normally travel. An yearly inspection will help determine what repairs or replacements are needed.
What does brake service include?
Brake services may vary depending on where you take your vehicle and how comprehensive the service offerings are.
Brake services usually include:
- Caliper replacement
- Anti-lock Brake System diagnostics and repair
- Brake pad and rotor replacement and resurfacing
- Brake fluid check and exchange
- Cleaning and adjusting brake drums and parking brakes
- Repacking wheel bearings
European Service Center offers a comprehensive package of brake services and BMW repair services. Auto repair is an important part of your regular maintenance.
Brake service for BMW
When you have a high-performance vehicle like a BMW, you should entrust any BMW repair, especially brake service, to highly trained and qualified technicians like those at European Service Center.
Typically, brake service for a BMW will be needed somewhere between 20,000 miles and 50,000 miles. When you need brake service for your BMW, you should choose a service that has technicians trained on high-performance vehicles and has the precision tools to maintain the vehicle.
When you receive brake service on your BMW at European Service Center, not only will you receive impeccable service from our technicians, you can trust us for the best parts. The parts used in our services meet German Original Equipment Specifications.
How do you know your brake pads are bad?
There are several signs that might warn you that you need new brakes. One of the most common things you’ll notice if your brake pads are bad is a squealing or squeaking noise when your brakes are applied. Usually this noise can be heard even when the windows are up, though it might not be heard over the radio or air conditioner noise. If this noise is infrequent, you may not have a problem. Sometimes you’ll hear a squeal occasionally if your vehicle has been sitting for a long time after being exposed to water. In this case, a small layer of rust has built up on the rotors and when it comes in contact with the brake pads, you may hear a squeal after a couple of stops.
You can also check for brake wear visually. You can look at the brake pads through the wheel’s spokes. About ¼ inch of pad should be visible. Less than that and you should have pads replaced or inspected.
Brake service light
When your brake service light comes on, if your parking brake isn’t engaged, it usually means your brake fluid level is low. If you have low brake fluid, you should get the fluid replaced. Without proper brake fluid levels, you may not be able to apply enough pressure on your brakes to stop properly. A brake service light may also indicate your brake pads are worn and need replacing. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for specifics on your vehicle’s braking system.
Brake service price
Brake service price will vary depending on the type of vehicle you have, what repairs are needed and where you take the vehicle to get it serviced. On average, to replace the brake pads on each axle will cost about $300 to $500. Additional repairs to components like the calipers will cost extra.
For affordable repairs on high-performance European vehicles like BMW repair, we are the experts to rely on.
How do you service a brake system?
If you plan to service your brakes yourself, you will need to begin by removing the wheels. To do this safely, you’ll first loosen the lug nuts, then jack the car up to remove the wheels and get to the brake components. Following that, you will need to remove the caliper which holds the brake pads. The pads will need to be replaced if they are less than ¼ inch thick.
Drum brakes require a similar process. In this case you will need to remove the drum to inspect the brake shoes for wear. You will also want to check the return springs for signs of wear. You should also check the wheel cylinder as well at this time.
Anytime you need auto service, including brake service and BMW repair in , TX, give our highly trained team at European Service Center a call. To schedule a service call (469) 453-5800.