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Brake Pads | Brake Rotors | Brake Calipers

The BMW brake system is comprised of the following key components:

  • Master cylinder or hydraulic cylinder converts the pressure you put on your BMW brake pedals to perform the rest of your brake system by feeding brake fluid into the brake circuit.
  • Parking Brake cable or adjuster is a steel cable used to activate the parking brakes. When the lever is used or pedal depressed, the cable pulls the calipers or drums to activate the parking brake of your BMW.
  • Brake pads or shoes are the components that physically makes contact with your brake rotor and apply pressure or friction to slow and avert your wheels from turning. It's extremely necessary to keep BMW brake pads fresh by replacing them as the undergo quite a bit of stress every time they are used. Check your BMW maintenance schedule for the recommended mileage intervals.
  • Brake Calipers squeeze the brake pads up against your BMW rotors to slow or avert your vehicle.
  • Backing plate & return spring holds your BMW braking system together so it can perform perfectly.
  • Heat Shield or dust shield helps avoid grime buildup thereby extending the life of your brake system.
  • Anti-lock Braking System pump and computer allows your vehicle to keep traction on the road at all times.
  • Brake Hoses carry brake fluid from the brake line to your BMW brake calipers. It's made of rubber and is flexible so that it can move with the suspension. These hoses need to be inspected continually for cracks and extra symptoms of deterioration. Check your BMW maintenance schedule for more information on when your hoses should be replaced.
  • Rotors also called discs or drums are what your pads grip in order to avert the wheels from spinning. There are many types of brake rotors (Blank or "smooth" rotors, Cross-drilled rotors, slotted, drilled and slotted). Let BMW of CVille find the best type of brake rotors for your BMW

Brake pads consist of two layers: a metal backing plate and a high-friction material that incorporates rubber, fiber, carbon & additional materials. Over time, brake pads wear down and can even start squeaking. This noise is the metal backing plate & the rotor touching, which also acts as a safety measure to let you know your brakes need repair. This can also cause damages to your rotors and, in some cases, can even start warping them. In addition to serving as a "platform" for the friction material, the backing plate also protects the brake caliper from excessive heat buildup.

Brake calipers cover the rotors and contain pistons. The amount of pistons depends on the type of brake system. Brake fluid from the master cylinder forces these pistons to maneuver the brake pads against the disc. The brake caliper will evenly distribute pressure against the brake disc. Ordinarily, the more pistons in a caliper, the more evenly the pressure from the pads is spread onto the brake disc.

How much does a BMW Brake Flush cost?

Proper vehicle inspections and central maintenance like a brake flush can prohibit you from having to deal with costly repairs in the future. Bring your BMW to our dealership to make confident your brake system is operating correctly. We can check your brake pads, fluid levels, rotors, calipers, brackets and everything in your brake system.

BMW Front Brake Pads & Rotor Replacement

Wear and tear on your brakes depends greatly on your driving habits and the type of brake pads your BMW has, but usually front brakes wear out before rear breaks at 30,000 - 60,000 miles because they are typically under much less stress.

How long do BMW brake rotors last?

This depends heavily on the type of rotors, your driving style, and the type of vehicle you're driving. BMW rotors need to be replaced every 30,000 - 80,000 miles depending on the factors above. Consult your BMW maintenance manual for more information. Remember, it's always a positive idea to have your entire brake system inspected by a franchise dealership with the decent training to spot likely issues before the cause damage to back-up components of your BMW brake system. BMW of Charlottesville offers a variety of brake specials including free diagnostics. Call us at 4343373978 or schedule an appointment online today!

Why choose BMW of Charlottesville for all your BMW brake needs

Most auto repair shops are fine with repariing one issue at a time, but not us. At BMW of Charlottesville, our Service Center strives to perfectly diagnose/fix your vehicle the first time. This saves you hours at the dealership, money on unnecessary repairs or unneeded auto repair. We are proud to serve any BMW owners and are the best location to service your BMW automobile, truck or SUV in Richmond and the greater metro area. Contact our Service Center today to schedule your service appointment or to find the shop hours for the best appointment time for you or visit the store. Even if it's just for a quick multi-point inspection or alignment check, our team will be more than willing to help you.

What will my brake service include when I visit BMW of Charlottesville?

This can be a more complicated question to answer. Since there are frequent components to a brake system, there are disparate items that may be necessary for your service. Some vehicles may just need new brake pads, others may need a brake fluid flush, while some may need a resurfacing of rotors and new brake lines due to leaking brake fluid. Depending on the results of the multi-point inspection, your BMW brake service may include:

  • Brake Master Cylinder Replacement
  • Brake pad Replacement
  • New Brake Hoses/Brake Lines
  • New Brake Rotors / Brake Drums Resurfaced
  • Brake Fluid Flush & Brake Fluid Replacement
  • Brake Rotor & Brake Caliper Alignment
  • Brake Caliper Replacement

How much do new brake pads cost?

BMW brake pads can cost anywhere between $150 per axle and $450 per axle depending on the type of brake pad desired. In some noteworthy cases, they can be even more if the manufacturer requires a definitive type of brake pad to be ordered for your BMW. Contact BMW of Charlottesville now at 4343373978 or schedule your brake service online.

BMW Rear Brake Pads & Rotor Replacement

Rear brake components commonly wear out well after the front brakes due to the level of stress required to slow a vehicle. Some rear brakes can last up to 50,0000 - 80,000 miles, but you should consult your BMW service manual for recommended maintenance intervals for all components. Keep in mind you should always have your service department perform a multipoint inspection which encompasses inspecting your brake system.

How often do brake rotors need to be replaced?

BMW rotors should be replaced by 70,000 miles but may wear out faster depending on your driving habits and a host of diverse factors. Naturally you will need to replace rotors in pairs starting with the front axle of your BMW as they tend to wear out quicker. Schedule an appointment online with BMW of Charlottesville to get a free multipoint inspection on your entire brake system.

What are the signs and symptoms of bad BMW brake rotors or pads?

Just like there are innate brake issues, there are remarkably discernible signs that can indicate the cause of a brake problem. Warning signs include a shaky steering wheel, trouble stopping or a loud metal scraping sound are any indicators that you need to check your BMW brakes. However, there are copious extra, and less curious, indicators that your BMW brakes may be showing which you don’t want to ignore.

When do I need to get my brakes inspected? Schedule your appointment with BMW of Charlottesville if you experience any of the following:

  • Your Check Engine or Brake Warning Light on your dashboard comes on
  • You are over the number of miles that BMW recommends between brake fluid exchanges for your vehicle
  • It’s been over a year or 12,000 miles. Brake inspections should be at least once a year. (BMW of Charlottesville offers a complimentary multi-point inspection every visit)
  • It takes your automobile longer distances to avert than normal
  • You have grinding, squeaking or squealing brakes
  • Your automobile doesn't stay straight when you brake, pulling in either direction
  • Unusual vibrations, shaking or noises occur during braking
  • The brake pedal presses farther to the floor than routine or seems light or loose, and even requires more force/pressure than usual
  • Your automobile is wobbling or rocking when driving at higher speeds

BMW Brake Fluid

Where does brake fluid come into the equation? The brake fluid or hydraulic fluid is amenable for appealing the aspects of your BMW brake system. Brake fluid should be changed regularly. Consult your BMW maintenance manual for information on definite mileage intervals. Fresh brake fluid is something few people think about, even though it can dramatically affect braking performance.You can even schedule your appointment online. For any brake comparable questions or concerns, reach out to our BMW specialists at BMW of Charlottesville.

BMW of Charlottesville has the best brake mechanics & brake repair inRichmond

If you have each questions about brake squealing or brake issues please reach out to our team. You can also click here to Schedule your service appointment today. Contact BMW of Charlottesville when you need quality brake service in Richmond VA. We suggestion service and repair for brake pads, calipers, rotors, brake lines, master cylinder, brake fluid flush, and much more. Our BMW Certified technicians provide expert diagnostics, sudden & reliable maintenance & brake repair for your vehicle.

BMW Brake Specials

We're the highest-rated service department in Richmond with factory-trained technicians, complimentary Wi-Fi and coffee, rental cars, Lyft Service Shuttle On Demand, and more! Not only will you receive a discount on your brake service but you'll also get to enjoy the bountiful perks of doing business with BMW of Charlottesville. You can find one of our bountiful brake specials above and schedule your appointment online for additional savings. BMW of Charlottesville offers the best rates on brake service, brake pad replacement, and rotor resurfacing or replacement in Richmond. So browse our special offers including free standard diagnostics and book your service online today or call us at 4343373978.

How much do new rotors cost?

It depends on whether you need your BMW rotors replaced or simply resurfaced. At BMW of Charlottesville we'll have one of our BMW technicians observe your vehicle to give you a recommendation and cost. As mentioned earlier, since we are effective to order parts directly from BMW we can save you time and money replacing your rotors.

What is involved in a Brake System Inspection? Checking BMW Brake Parts & Brake Systems

At BMW of Charlottesville, we suggestion a multi-point inspection with every service visit that includes inspecting your BMW brakes, brake pads, rotors, operation, belts, hoses and filters, among alternative items, not just your brake system. Our technicians will also look at the following when inspecting your brakes:

  • Brake Operation & Parts - such as Brake Pad Thickness & hardware for wear and tear
  • Brake Fluid - Checking brake fluid levels, color and signs of and brake fluid leaks
  • Brake hoses - problems with the hoses, like cracking or clogs are natural and need regular checking as they can wear over time
  • Cylinders - check wheel cylinders & brake master cylinder for function
  • Rotors / Brake Drums - determining if resurfacing or replacement is needed

Should I replace all 4 rotors?

Typically you will need to do at least 2 rotors at a time. Ordinarily, your BMW front rotors will wear and tear faster than the rear rotors, but this depends on a collection of chance factors. Consult BMW of Charlottesville for more information by dialing 4343373978 and ask for a multipoint inspection of your total braking system. At BMW of CVille our BMW diagnostics are free during every visit.

How much does a brake job cost?

Brake pads for a BMW can price anywhere between $150 per axle and $450 per axle depending on the type of brake pad desired.

Resurfacing rotors is much cheaper than replacing them. Ask us about the possibility of simply resurfacing your BMW rotors rather than replacing them.

BMW Brake rotor replacement can price anywhere between $300 - $750 for all four rotors to be replenished. This price estimate includes labor and parts. At BMW of Charlottesville we have a fluctuate of brake specials & coupons to save you money! Because we are supplied OEM parts directly from the manufacturer, we are able to find parts at wholesale prices and pass those savings to our customers unlike non-franchise service centers or BMW brake repair shops. We also specialize in BMW brake repair saving you on labor costs by getting your vehicle's brake job completed in a timely manner.

Can I just replace brake pads and not rotors?

Yes, your BMW rotors will often last longer than your brake pads as long as you replace your pads before doing damage to your calipers or rotors. By not replacing your brake BMW pads in a timely manner you can damage the substitute components.

BMW Brake Specials near Richmond

An industry leader in parts & service, we have service advisers on standby ready to assist you with diagnostics & repairs. BMW of Charlottesville located near Richmond is the highest-rated service & repair center in a unique position to help you with all your automotive needs. Our BMW team is capable of diagnosing any problem your automobile may have and give you the information you need to make a decision on repairs. No salesmanship, just fantastic customer service which is why we are rated the dominant brake repair shop in Charlottesville!