The braking system on your BMW is designed to keep you and any passengers you have with you safe. It’s also designed to help you avoid accidents and other mishaps.
If you have a tendency to do work on your car yourself, you might not have a tremendous amount of experience doing anything with the brakes, other than changing the pads. As long as the brake light or check engine light is not illuminating, you may not think much about it.
However, the longer you drive, the more kilometers you put beneath your wheels, the more important it becomes to have your brake system professionally inspected, at least every once in a while.
It’s a good idea to bring your BMW into an authorized service center to have the brake system inspected thoroughly at least every 30,000 km. This doesn’t mean you’ll need work done on your brakes at that time, but it basically ensures that all components are working properly, there’s no dust beginning to build up on sensing equipment, and the master cylinder and computer system is functioning as designed.
SRS and ABS could be impacted from braking problems. SRS is the Safety Restraint System that is connected to airbags and seatbelts. If you step on the brake hard, your seatbelt should lock up. All the seatbelts in your BMW should do the same. If there’s a problem in the sensing equipment, and if the seatbelt does not lock in place, it could lead to serious injuries for you or any of your passengers.
ABS is the Anti-lock Braking System that will cause brakes to “chatter” when one wheel loses traction. It’s intended to help keep a car moving in a straight line when coming to a stop and is most effective on slick conditions, such as snow, ice, or heavy rain.
Make sure your braking system is working as it was designed with a thorough inspection from a qualified and experienced BMW technician.