The average driver puts around 15,000 miles a year on their vehicle. In that time, you step on your brakes around 75,000 times. It’s easy to take your brakes for granted. You step on the brake pedal and your vehicle comes to a stop. During each of those 75,000 times, even stepping lightly, it’s scraping friction material off of the brake pads.
Depending on driving habits, brake pads can last anywhere from 50,000 – 70,000 miles. Brake pad wear is completed so slowly that it can be difficult to know when it’s time to for brake service and brake pad replacement. Some signs your BMW is telling you it is time for brake service include:
Whenever you visit our BMW Service Center and the wheels are off your vehicle, it’s a good idea to inspect the brake pads for wear and tear. A brake inspection can easily be completed during your next tire rotation. You may not notice when the brake pads are excessively worn, although you might feel the longer stopping distances. That’s why brake inspections are important. Let our team help you take the guesswork out of brake maintenance. Our certified and professionally trained BMW service advisors and technicians are here to help you with all brake maintenance including cleaning the pads, replenishing brake fluid, and checking for signs of damage that may be addressed early on to avoid serious issues down the road.
There are many brake pad options including semi-metallic brake pads, non-asbestos organic (NAO) pads, low-metallic NAO pads, and ceramic brake pads. These are composed of different materials and each have their own advantages and issues. Some do not perform well in extreme cold, some are noisier during daily use, and some are quieter and accumulate more dust.
From choosing the right brake pads to the expert installation, we do the work for you at BMW of Minnetonka. Our BMW parts team only uses genuine manufacturer parts for the best quality and service in your specific BMW luxury car of SUV.
Brake fluid can become contaminated over time. Brake fluid changes are also necessary in a routine BMW maintenance schedule to ensure your vehicle’s health for years down the road. It’s also hygroscopic. Brake fluid absorbs moisture, and that water can be seethed during hard braking causing brake fade. Excessively worn brakes can quickly ruin brake rotors and make a routine brake job much more expensive. We are here to help you avoid these costly repairs and care for your BMW throughout your entire ownership experience. Schedule service online or give us a call to plan your next visit to our BMW Service Center in Minnetonka.