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BMW Recall For Brake Problems

BMW has announced a recall for over 190,000+ cars in North America because of brake problems.  The recall applies to only V8 and V12 models, which include the M 5, 6, and 7 series.  Furthermore, this recall includes cars made as early as 2002 in the Rolls-Royce lineup.

Making matters worse is that the BMW recall may affect almost an additional 150,000 more cars worldwide, bringing the total to more than 300,000 cars recalled (actual numbers have not yet been verified by BMW -ed).  The problem stems from a possible leak in the brake line, which then leads to a loss in power braking.  Anyone who has ever driven a car with out power brakes can attest to the difficulty of stopping and need to adjust driving habits.  It’s a needed recall, if even a small number of BMW’s are affected.

It may take up to 2 weeks for recall notices to be sent out, but if you are experiencing braking issues now, get to the dealership immediately.  Of all the things to go wrong with a vehicle, the brakes are the last place you want to take any chances.  BMW dealerships should already be equipped to handle the problem, but will be briefed on a replacement process, along with stocking brake parts to arrive shortly.

Amazingly enough, this is only a voluntary recall in Britain, where only 10,000 vehicles have so far been affected.  We’ll monitor complaints to see how far this recall affects the US and other countries.  Most likely this initial recall notice has been put in place to avoid any sort of fine, much like the fine Toyota received for not announcing a recall sooner.

For more information on the BMW recall for Oct 1, 2010 please call 1-800-525-7417

Toyota Acceleration Problems, Not Electronic

In a press release by Toyota, they claim that the majority of acceleration issues were due to driver error and not within the Toyota electronics.  Some 2,000 claims were investigated by Toyota, which only a small percentage were due to Toyotas electronic throttle system.  Instead, Toyota blames the issues on ‘pedal misapplication’.

To an extent I’ll agree with Toyota, hype can play into a lot of peoples thoughts and emotions.  In addition, studies have found that the elderly have more acceleration problems than younger drivers, which seems suspicious as well.  Remember the guy in San Diego that had Prius brake problems?

Even if human error is the explanation for some of the problems, even a small instance of throttle failure is reason for a recall.  Brake problems and acceleration problems, in my opinion, are the most dangerous aspects of any vehicle on the road.

Important Chrysler Brake Recall

Chrysler Recall

There are a lot of recalls that float around through out the year, but generally consist of non-lethal issues.  However, when it comes to brakes, it’s worth making an announcement about here on the blog.  Chrysler has announced a recall on over 24k vehicles, because of a defective part in the braking mechanism.  If not fixed the part could cause an immediate failure in the braking ability of the vehicle, obviously resulting in a crash.

The majority of Chrysler vehicles effected by the brake recall are Dodge Ram pickups, made from 2009-2010.  Also included in the recall are some Nitros, Avengers, Chrysler Sebring, Jeep Liberty, Commander, and Grand Cherokee.  If you ignore most recalls because of how insignificant they seem, don’t wait around on this one.  Get to your local dealer ASAP, for the sake of yourself and those that you share the road with.

For recall information please contact Chrysler via phone or email.

Aftermarket Brakes

Adding performance to your ride means a number of different things. While cold air intakes, suspension tuning and body kits can all offer benefits, you’ll still need to address the issue of braking. Your brake system is an integral part of vehicle performance. It is also a vital part of your safety. Adding too much power without modifying your braking system can have deadly consequences. In short, the faster and more powerful your car, the stronger and more powerful your braking system will need to be.

In addition, adding an aftermarket braking system can give you a sportier, more race-inspired look. What types of brakes can you find? What does replacing your brake system entail? If you have never modified your brakes or been involved in the customization industry, these are just a few of the questions that will need to be answered. Here, you’ll find a breakdown of the parts you will need.

New Rotors – You will need to purchase oversized rotors. The best choice is cross-drilled, or slotted, rotors. Cross-drilled rotors have a pattern of holes drilled through them. This allows hot gases and brake pad debris to vent during brake operation. With a solid rotor, gases and debris can build up under the pad, resulting in reduced grip. Oversized, cross-drilled rotors help you combat that.

New Pads – You’ll need to invest in a set of quality brake pads. Both carbon fiber and ceramic blends can offer you superior stopping power and are ideal for high performance applications. Both technologies are derived from the racing industry and have proven their worth on the track. Both types offer you superior braking, combined with enhanced longevity, resulting in a powerful braking solution that will stand the test of time and hard use.

Calipers – You will also need a new set of calipers (two, actually, if you are modifying the rear brakes also). Aftermarket calipers offer better clamping (when the clamp the pad to the rotor) and can be found in a number of different piston configurations. In addition, these calipers are often colored, which lends a custom, sporty look to your car.

Brake Lines – Braided steel brake lines give you better brake fluid pressure, but other solutions are available, as well. If steel brake lines are not to your liking, you can find high performance rubber lines, as well. However, steel lines offer more benefits.