BMW Brakes: Why to Inspect, When to Change, and Where to Change

BMW knows a thing or two about acceleration--about the thrill of the leap, the heart-pounding enthusiasm of charging out of a corner or blasting down a straightaway. But with all of that power, all of that push for speed and forward movement, comes the natural balance of opposition. With the Go, must come the Stop.

That's why BMW braking systems are some of the most advanced in the world, and why it's important to put the care of your brakes into the hands of the people who know them best.

Brake Inspections & Knowing When It's Time to Change

Why are brake inspections so important?

Unlike with some other services--like tire rotations or oil changes--there is no set recommendation for brake changes. It's so dependent on your driving style, your commute, and your vehicle that it's nearly impossible to estimate an exact time or distance interval between brake changes.

The average lifespan of brake pads is around 50,000 miles. However, if you have a really hilly commute or you're a more... adventurous driver, you could see brake pads wearing out in 20,000 miles. If you have a nice, gentle daily driving route and you're really soft on the pedal, your brake pads could last well past that 50K mark. It really is very situational.

Good news: the service techs at BMW of South Austin will be happy to do a quick visual or physical brake inspection of your entire system when you come in for any essential service. Simply mention at drop-off that you'd like us to take a look at your brakes, and we can recommend brake repair, brake replacement, or simply waiting for your next visit.

A few red flags to keep an eye (or ear--or even nose) out for:

  • A grinding or squealing noise when you apply the brakes
  • A lag or spongy response when you try to brake
  • A sharp, burning smell after applying brakes frequently
  • Any dashboard alert regarding your brakes

Contact us immediately if you notice any of the above cautionary signs.

BMW Performance Braking Kits & Service

General rules of care, maintenance, and replacement will also apply to BMW Performance Brake Kits that help you further tune your vehicle for optimal athleticism and driving precision. These top-of-the-line systems are better at relieving heat buildup, and better at shedding water, to improve stopping power over conventional braking systems.

If you have questions about changing or replacing your BMW performance brakes, please contact our service technician team for assistance.


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  1. BMW of South Austin

    5501 S IH 35 Frontage Rd
    Austin, TX 78744

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