Are Bad Brakes an Emergency?

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Maintaining and Caring For Your Vehicle

If you are starting to notice a change in your brake pedal, something may be wrong with your brakes themselves. This could be anything from the fluid line to the brake pads. Regardless of what it is, you need to get them checked out immediately. Driving on worn out or bad brakes puts you and everyone around you at risk. Don’t wait to schedule an appointment for brake pad replacement in Dallas, TX with Bimmer Repair. Call us at 469-904-0734 to get started. 

Signs You Have Bad Brakes

Though there are many things that can easily be overlooked on your vehicle, bad brakes are not one of them. Even when you are going through general BMW maintenance in Dallas, TX, your mechanic will look at the condition of your brakes. Regardless, it’s important to know what to look for so you’ll know when to schedule brake pad replacement services. Here are a few examples. 

  • Squeaking, Squealing, and Grinding: Probably one of most obvious, and most ignored, signs of bad brakes is a squeaking or squealing sound. This is happening the majority of the pad is worn down and is now coming in contact with the rotor. If you are hearing more of a grinding sound, the same thing is happening. 
  • Vibrations: If you notice your steering wheel starting to vibrate when you press down on the brake, the rotor may be uneven. This could be due to worn out brakes that have affected the rotor. Your car needs to be serviced to the exact specifications to avoid complications. 
  • Fluid Leak: Sometimes, the issue may not be with the brake pad itself, but with the fluid line. There may be a leak in the connection between the master cylinder and the rotor. That fluid is necessary to help keep everything lubricated and operational.  
  • Spongy Pedal: You may notice your brake pedal feels softer or “spongy.” Rather than having a normal resistance, it gives more easily even though you aren’t braking as hard. If that’s the case, it could be a number of problems, all of which need to be addressed immediately. 
  • Brake Light: And of course, the most obvious sign you need to get your brakes checked is when the brake light comes on. Your vehicle is designed to tell you when things are wrong. While you may not be able to figure out the details on your own, you can rely on a mechanic to find the problem as well as a solution. 

Now that you know what to look for, the next question for most involves cost. What does a brake pad replacement cost? On average, vehicle owners should budget for about $300-$400 per axle. Though it’s expensive, it’s important for your safety as well as the safety of other drivers. Besides, no matter what, it should generally be less expensive than asphalt sealing your driveway. If you need specific brake pad replacement for a BMW, you can always rely on Bimmer Repair to help.

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Bad Brakes vs. Bad Shocks

How do you know if you have bad shocks, not bad brakes? The difference is pretty obvious. You’ll really notice bad or worn out shocks when you are going over when minimally uneven roads. The ride will be rougher, you won’t be able to keep the vehicle steady as well, and more. With bad brakes, it’s more evident when you are trying to stop the vehicle. That in mind, how often should brake pad replacement happen? It really depends on your specific vehicle because each one is different. Check your users manual to confirm the mileage. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much should it cost to replace brake pads?
    • The average brake pad costs $150 per axle. To repair them, it can cost anywhere between $100 and $300 for a licensed mechanic to complete the repair. That cost will vary, but generally speaking, that’s about what you should budget for.
  • When should brake pads be replaced? 
    • It will ultimately depend on your owners manual. The rule of thumb for most vehicles is to replace your brakes every 50,000 miles. That in mind, some cars may need them changed after 25,000 while others can go all the way to 70,000 before needing replacement brakes. No matter what, check your manual before making that decision yourself. 
  • How do I know if my brake pads are worn out? 
    • One of the most obvious signs of failing brakes is a screeching or high-pitched sound when you pump the brake pedal. That sound is usually the lever hitting the rotor, not the pad. When that is happening, you need to get your brakes checked or replaced immediately. 
  • What happens when brake pads wear out? 
    • You’ll find it difficult to brake effectively. You’ll also more than likely notice a high-pitched screeching sound or grinding, grumbling sounds. Either is not good and needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
  • Can you drive with worn brakes? 
    • It is highly dangerous to do so and not recommended. There are a number of things that can go wrong for both you and other drivers on the road. If you need to take your car but the brake pads are shot, we recommend having it towed somewhere. That takes the stress off of you and prevents any possible damage.
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Call to Schedule an Appointment for Brake Pad Replacement Today

Dial 469-904-0734 to connect with Bimmer Repair today about brake pad replacement in Dallas, TX.