BMW Brake Systems: Understanding, Maintaining, and Upgrading

Since 1916, BMW has been an auto manufacturer known for impeccable performance qualities. Powerful engines, smooth transmissions, quality suspension – all of these are part of the BMW guarantee.

But possibly most impressive of all are BMW’s brake systems. These high-quality performance braking systems have played a role in the success of BMW’s production cars, as well as their success in touring cars and racing cars.

So, if you’re a new BMW driver, an aspiring BMW driver or a long-term owner, it’s beneficial to understand BMW brake systems and know the advantages of brake system upgrades. Here, the expert mechanics at German Service Shop explain everything you need to know about maintaining and upgrading BMW brake systems.

Types of brake systems

There are two main types of brake systems: drum brakes and disc brakes. Disc brakes are the better-performing of the two, and are the most common brake system for most modern vehicles – including BMWs.

BMW’s disc brakes use a rotor and a calliper to slow and stop your vehicle; the rotor is a flat, circular metal plate that rotates with the wheel, and the calliper clamps down on the rotor to slow down the wheel. When the brakes are applied, hydraulic pressure is applied to the brake calliper, which then clamps down on the rotor, causing the vehicle to slow down.

Anatomy of a BMW brake system

BMW brake systems are made up of several high-quality components. These include rotors, callipers, dust covers, brake pads, pistons, and several other finicky parts.

Maintaining your BMW brake system

Maintaining your BMW’s brakes is one of the most important aspects of caring for your car. When you visit the team at German Service Shop, our expert mechanics conduct a thorough check for wear and tear on your braking system. This includes:

  • Wear on the brake pads and rotors
  • Dirt and debris, known as brake dust
  • Brake fluid leaks
  • Other aspects of brake system care

If anything needs attention, we consult you first and offer the best course of action for repairing and maintaining your BMW brake system.

Benefits of upgrading your BMW brake system

Upgrading brake systems is something many BMW enthusiasts seek to do. The benefits of upgrading your BMW brake system include:

  • Better stopping power and reduced stopping distances
  • Higher temperature withstanding with less brake dust production
  • Upgraded callipers to provide better clamping force
  • Upgraded rotors to reduce brake fade
  • Increased longevity of your brakes and, therefore, a more economical solution in the long run

Want a brake system makeover for your ultimate driving machine? German Service Shop is the team to call. We’re Melbourne’s specialist auto mechanic for all models of BMW, including other luxury European makes such as Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Mini and Volkswagen. We are a genuine dealership alternative, giving your BMW a top-quality service without the overcharging and over-servicing which dealership mechanics are known for. Book in with German Service Shop today.