FAQs—BMW Brake Pad Set
- I have installed a new set of BMW brake pads in my vehicle the other day; I feel like there is some kind of problem with it. It's taking me a hard time to engage the pads. Did I install bad brake pads?
Don't panic if you think that your newly installed brake pads are not up to par when it comes to expected braking performance. New brake pads are usually a bit shiny and would need some time to bed in. The braking performance is slightly affected, and you'd be able to feel this for about the first 50 miles or so. Braking will feel less precise during this time. What you need to do is take some time to break-in the new pads until you get the precise braking performance.
- I've been driving this BMW without any problem with the brakes for some time now. But last week, I noticed that there's some squealing noise coming out from under the vehicle every time I apply the brakes. Any idea what's going on?
Squealing when you engage the brake is most often the result of vibrations between the brake pads and caliper (or the pads and rotor, if that's what your vehicle has). The squealing noises are more noticeable if you have harder, semi-metallic BMW brake pad sets-they are noisier than non-asbestos or ceramic brake pad sets. You can solve this problem by replacing the old pads with new ones; get ceramic pads if your vehicle is compatible with it because it's the quietest. You can also DIY a solution to suppress the noise. Just install noise dampening shims behind the pads or spray the rotors with some type of aerosol brake noise compound. Applying a small amount of brake grease to the backs of the pads can also help reduce noise.
- I know that I should have my BMW brake pad set checked for thickness every 12-15 months to make sure that the pads are still in good condition. But, I'd like to know how I can tell if I'm in need of new pads without going to the mechanic. What are the indications that my brake pads need changing?
You're on the right track on that every 12-15 months check for your brake pad sets. But if you don't want to go on a trip to the mechanic every time you are worried that you might need to change your pads, there are symptoms that you can watch out for. First indications that you have a problematic pad set are noises like grinding, squealing and screeching-you'll hear them when you apply the brakes. You can also tell bad brake pads when your brake pedal is lower than normal or you see a low-pad warning light going on in your dashboard. Sometimes, you'll also feel some vibrations in the steering wheel.
- While driving my BMW the other day, I heard some rattling noises from the brakes. What do you think is wrong?
Rattling brakes, specifically brake pads, can be caused by different things, and the first thing you need to do is make sure that you have the correct pads. Since there are many brake pads in the market these days and most of them look similar in design, it is easy to get the wrong parts. Having undersized pads, for example, will cause excessive rattling because the pads are moving in the caliper.
- I can hear some scraping noise from my brakes while driving my BMW the other day. I know that this could be an indication that something's wrong with my brakes, but what could specifically be the problem?
When you hear scraping noise coming from the brakes, this usually means that there's metal-to-metal contact. This is due to worn-out brake pads, and you need to replace them as soon as possible. It is dangerous to drive your vehicle in this condition because it may take longer to stop or might not stop at all.
Akebono Brake Pad Set
What makes the Akebono brake pad set stand out among other products is its superb stopping power. Made of high-quality material, this product offers supreme vehicle control and response performance. It's specifically designed for European applications, making it the perfect brake pad set for the BMW. It's also favored by consumers for its initial effectiveness, with no break-in required. Aside from its unmatched stopping capability, this product reduces up to 80% of rotor wear and produces less brake dust compared to other brake pad sets. It gives a more consistent pedal feel and boasts its ultra-quiet feature. Rotor life is also prolonged as this product uses Akebono Ceramic Technology, resulting in rotor-friendly brake pads that come as OE replacements. There's no need to worry about premature brake pad replacement since the Akebono brake pad set has enhanced durability, which gives it a longer lifespan than other products. It has high resistance to fade and fast recovery, making it ideal for both daily driving and racing applications.
EBC Redstuff Brake Pads
Faster street driving and lower dust-rating ? These are just some of the advantages of having EBC Redstuff brake pads. This product removes tedious, regular cleaning of the wheels due to accumulated brake dust. Unlike other brands, EBC Redstuff brake pads emit far less dust, keeping the wheels clean even after weeks or months of driving. It produces 60% to 90% less dust than other products. Moreover, users can enjoy silent braking because it's built with shims, slots, and chamfers. Braking from cold is easier with EBC Redstuff brake pads, and brake performance increases as the pads heat up. Aside from superb stopping power, this product endures repeated heavy braking, making frequent brake pad replacement unnecessary. It has also proven itself to be capable of stopping a passenger car 13 meters quicker than OEM pads from 100mph. Now that's a way to go for a critical situation.
Centric Premium Brake Pads
A high-quality brake pad set enables the driver to stop the vehicle faster than substandard ones. And that is exactly what Centric Premium brake pads do. They provide drivers with enough stopping power, whenever they might need it. This is because of Centric's adequate brake friction, which is suitable for various vehicle applications and driving styles. It offers stable braking performance across a wide range of temperature and comes scorched for easy bed-in. Being semi-metallic, this product possesses outstanding wear characteristics. It's positive-molded to promote even wear on the pads. In addition, it minimizes annoying brake dust and eliminates noise and vibration because of its shims. This way the wheels are kept clean and regular dust-cleaning becomes unnecessary.