Your BMW might seem like an inanimate object (and it certainly is), but that doesn’t mean it’s not trying to communicate with you on a regular basis. Forget the dings and the lights that flash. Forget the purr of the engine as you sit in the driveway getting ready to head out for a wonderful, relaxing cruise throughout the greater Toronto countryside.
For the purposes of this article, we’re talking about brake problems. The earlier you address any potential problems with the brakes on your vehicle, the safer you’ll be on the roads. Today’s BMWs are incredibly sophisticated, including throughout the braking system. ABS, or Anti-lock Braking System, along with the SRS (Safety Restraint System) have components within the brakes that help to keep the driver and passenger safe.
Below are a few things that could indicate it’s time to bring your BMW into an authorized BMW service center to have the brakes worked on.
A high-pitched squeal when coming to a stop. When you apply the brakes, if you hear any type of high-pitched squeal that sounds like metal on metal, it could be dust in the brakes, rust that built up on the rotors, but is more likely a sensing rod in the brake pad itself that is indicating they are wearing down to the point of being completely gone.
Rattling when coming to a stop. If your car begins to shake as you come to a stop, the rotors could be warped. Many people simply ignore warped rotors because they don’t think it’s a major issue. However, warped rotors will cause your vehicle to take longer to come to a full and complete stop. That can be a serious safety issue.
The ABS or brake light on the dashboard stays on. If you notice the ABS or ‘brake’ light remaining on or coming on on the dashboard, it’s indicating a problem has been detected that you might not be feeling. At that time, it is absolutely essential to get your vehicle inspected and repaired as soon as possible.