In order to bring your BMW to a complete stop, the braking system uses the force of friction on the surface of the brake disc. The devices that provide that friction are the BMW brake pads. The standard version is constructed from a composite of asbestos and rubber, and this combination produces a high amount of friction when needed. When you press the brake pedal of your vehicle, a power booster multiplies the force of your foot, and applies that force to the master cylinder to create hydraulic pressure. The master cylinder sends its power to the caliper through the brake lines, and the caliper forces the BMW brake pads down onto the brake disc. As the BMW brake pads stop the vehicle, the friction slowly eats their composite material away, resulting in brake dust. After about a year, it will be necessary to replace the BMW brake pads in your vehicle. In our online catalog, you will find the perfect set for most vehicles, at a great price. Our standard BMW brake pads will perform as well as the stock parts, and they are a great value. If you would like to upgrade the performance of the braking system, or would like to change the BMW brake pads less often, we also offer upgraded versions for many vehicles. By using metals or ceramics in the composite, the upgraded BMW brake pads bring the vehicle to a stop quicker, produce less brake dust, and are more durable when confronted with the forces of friction and heat. To order the BMW brake pads of your choice for your vehicle, visit our secure web site today, or complete the order by phone, toll-free.
FAQs—BMW Brake Pad Set
- I have installed a new set of BMW brake pads in my vehicle the other day; I feel like there is some kind of problem with it. It's taking me a hard time to engage the pads. Did I install bad brake pads?
Don't panic if you think that your newly installed brake pads are not up to par when it comes to expected braking performance. New brake pads are usually a bit shiny and would need some time to bed in. The braking performance is slightly affected, and you'd be able to feel this for about the first 50 miles or so. Braking will feel less precise during this time. What you need to do is take some time to break-in the new pads until you get the precise braking performance.
- I've been driving this BMW without any problem with the brakes for some time now. But last week, I noticed that there's some squealing noise coming out from under the vehicle every time I apply the brakes. Any idea what's going on?
Squealing when you engage the brake is most often the result of vibrations between the brake pads and caliper (or the pads and rotor, if that's what your vehicle has). The squealing noises are more noticeable if you have harder, semi-metallic BMW brake pad sets-they are noisier than non-asbestos or ceramic brake pad sets. You can solve this problem by replacing the old pads with new ones; get ceramic pads if your vehicle is compatible with it because it's the quietest. You can also DIY a solution to suppress the noise. Just install noise dampening shims behind the pads or spray the rotors with some type of aerosol brake noise compound. Applying a small amount of brake grease to the backs of the pads can also help reduce noise.
- I know that I should have my BMW brake pad set checked for thickness every 12-15 months to make sure that the pads are still in good condition. But, I'd like to know how I can tell if I'm in need of new pads without going to the mechanic. What are the indications that my brake pads need changing?
You're on the right track on that every 12-15 months check for your brake pad sets. But if you don't want to go on a trip to the mechanic every time you are worried that you might need to change your pads, there are symptoms that you can watch out for. First indications that you have a problematic pad set are noises like grinding, squealing and screeching-you'll hear them when you apply the brakes. You can also tell bad brake pads when your brake pedal is lower than normal or you see a low-pad warning light going on in your dashboard. Sometimes, you'll also feel some vibrations in the steering wheel.
- While driving my BMW the other day, I heard some rattling noises from the brakes. What do you think is wrong?
Rattling brakes, specifically brake pads, can be caused by different things, and the first thing you need to do is make sure that you have the correct pads. Since there are many brake pads in the market these days and most of them look similar in design, it is easy to get the wrong parts. Having undersized pads, for example, will cause excessive rattling because the pads are moving in the caliper.
- I can hear some scraping noise from my brakes while driving my BMW the other day. I know that this could be an indication that something's wrong with my brakes, but what could specifically be the problem?
When you hear scraping noise coming from the brakes, this usually means that there's metal-to-metal contact. This is due to worn-out brake pads, and you need to replace them as soon as possible. It is dangerous to drive your vehicle in this condition because it may take longer to stop or might not stop at all.