Driving around in your BMW you begin to notice certain sounds emitting from it. Some of those sounds could indicate an engine problem, something wrong with the gas, a bearing that is going bad in one of the pulleys, or even your brakes.
Here are four signs that could very well indicate it’s time to bring your BMW into an authorized service center to have the brakes checked and possibly replaced.
Sign #1: Chattering when you come to a stop.
Even though you have an antilock braking system on your BMW, if the conditions are fine for driving, and the roads are dry, and you feel the steering wheel shaking in your hand while you come to stop, it’s probably a rotor, or more, that is becoming warped.
Rotors and drums can warp over time as a natural process as friction heats up the metal. If you feel that shaking when you apply the brakes, bring your BMW in to an authorized service center right away. Warped rotors can lead to a loss of control.
Sign #2: A high-pitched squeal.
If you hear a high-pitched squeal when you apply the brakes, it could be a leaf, dust, or something else that got caught in there, but it can also be the warning indicator on the brake pad itself. If it is, it’s indicating that the pad is worn down. It needs to be replaced.
Sign #3: The brake light on the dashboard stays on.
If you notice the brake light indicator on the dashboard stays on once you start the car up, it’s letting you know that something is wrong with the brake system. It could be a simple matter of a light out or something wrong with the master cylinder or some component of the ABS system.
Sign #4: It’s been at least 20,000 km since you had it serviced.
If you do a lot of heavy stop and go driving getting into and around the Greater Toronto Area, and it’s been at least 20,000 km since you had your vehicle checked, it’s time to have the brakes inspected.