Repercussions of a Bad Braking System on Your Mini

MINI Bad Braking System

The brakes are probably the single most important part of your Mini Cooper, even more important than the engine in many ways. This is because the brakes are the first line of defense against hazards, crashes, and injury. They allow you to control your car’s speed, stop quickly to avoid running into something, and keep yourself and your passengers safe. Unfortunately, because of how important they are and how often they’re used, they also tend to need replacement or repair often.

It’s extremely dangerous to drive with bad brakes, which is why we’re talking about all the signs of potential brake problems. As soon as you notice any of these symptoms, get your brakes checked out immediately so you can drive in peace.

Why Brakes Wear Down

Brakes are probably the most used system in a car, aside from the gas pedal and the engine itself. Every time you go out for a drive, no matter how short it is, you’ll need to press the brake pedal at least a few times. Each time you do, several things happen at once.

First, the pressure of your foot on the pedal causes a lever to push into a master cylinder filled with brake fluid. That brake fluid travels from the master cylinder along a system of pipes to other cylinders near the brakes at each wheel. The fluid multiplies the force of your pedal press and causes a brake caliper to press a brake pad against the brake disc (also called a rotor). The friction of the brake disc rubbing against the brake pad is what brings the car to a stop.

As you can imagine, stopping a car going 60 or 70 mph requires a lot of friction, and over time, the padding on the brake pad gets worn down and eventually needs replacement.

Reasons Behind Brake Failure

With brakes, it can sometimes be hard to tell that they need to be fixed or replaced until something goes wrong. However, waiting that long is dangerous, since when something goes wrong with your brakes, it could be deadly. To make sure you don’t run into that issue, it’s best to check on the status of your brakes regularly, even when nothing seems to be broken.

The first sign to look for is low brake fluid (also called hydraulic fluid). If there’s no fluid, the brakes can’t work properly. So, make sure to check the levels in the reservoir every once in a while and refill it if necessary.

Second, you should check the brake pads. Brake pads are made up of two parts, the pad that rubs up against the rotor, and the backing plate. The pad should never be allowed to get too thin because it can lead to poor braking and can also start to wear at the rotor. Generally, a brake pad lasts for about 30,000-50,000 miles, depending on the driver, the car, and other factors.

Typically, the rotor itself lasts about twice as long as the brake pads do, but if you wait too long to replace your brake pads, the resulting wear on the rotor could mean that it needs to be replaced sooner.

If any of the parts of a Mini’s braking system break down, it could lead to catastrophic results, so keep an eye out for any signs of an issue.

Signs of Bad Brakes

Different parts of the braking system will give different indications to show that something’s wrong, but here are some general situations to look for:

  • The brake light on the dashboard illuminates.
  • Squealing or scraping sounds when you press the brake.
  • Abnormal wobbling or vibrating while driving or braking.
  • The brake pedal feels spongy.
  • The car can’t brake as fast as it used to.

Mike Johns Imports Can Help

If you’re having trouble with your Mini’s MINI Braking System Repair brakes, you need to take your car to a trusted and experienced mechanic to get the problem fixed as soon as possible. If you live in or near Crestwood, Hurstbourne, Jeffersontown, Louisville, St. Matthews, or Jeffersonville, Indiana, then the knowledgeable technicians at Mike Johns Imports are happy to serve you. Feel free to visit us in person or contact us to learn more. We look forward to welcoming you to our service center.

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