MINI Cooper Brake Repairs and Brake Replacement Information, Pricing & Cost Estimates

Brakes: Signs & Symptoms of Failure

Servicing your brakes is a necessary part of your MINI vehicle maintenance. But for many car owners, maintaining a vehicle’s brakes is often overlooked. Keeping your brakes in good working order can also help prevent costly repairs down the road. Below are frequently asked questions about brake repairs.

Frequently Asked Questions about Brake Repairs & Replacements

How do you know when you need new brake pads?

The usual signs of failing brake pads include low brake fluid (warning lights) and the inability to stop abruptly. Additionally, you may notice the brake pedal feels soft/spongy, the vehicle is pulling to the side, or the car vibrates or is generally hard to control when braking. These are all symptoms of bad brake pads, brake shoes or related components.

How do you know when you need new brake rotors?

The most common sign of bad rotors: grinding; metal-on-metal sounds when you press the brakes. This is usually because your brake pads have worn down entirely, resulting in the rotors and brake pads making metal to metal contact. Once you hear the grinding sound, a complete brake job is usually the only solution.
If your brakes are acting weird, they’re shuddering, your brake warning light is on or they’re just not working right, it’s best to call us at 847-230-8211 or schedule an appointment for an inspection.

How often should I replace the brakes on my MINI Cooper?

MINI brake pad life varies depending on your driving habits. If you commute in heavy traffic and use your brakes often, you’ll need to get an inspection more frequently.

What is included in a brake job or brake repairs?

A brake job or brake repairs usually involves replacing the brake linings (which means replacing the brake pads and/or shoes), resurfacing or replacing the rotors and/or drums, adding new brake fluid or bleeding the system as needed, and looking for other worn components.

How much does it cost for brake repairs or brake replacement?

Brake repairs or brake replacements for your MINI depends on your model type and the type of repairs needed. A brake diagnostic starts at $75.00. Pricing quote does not include taxes, fees, and does not factor in your unique location or related repairs that may also be needed.

How long does it take to do a is a brake repair or brake replacement?

Under normal circumstances, brake repairs or replacement will take on average 1-2 ½ hours; however, based on the number of repairs, it could run a little longer.

Is it worth getting brakes done at the dealership?

Absolutely. Unlike independent shops, who may cut costs by using inferior aftermarket parts and non-certified technicians. The best place to have brake repair or replacement performed is at the dealership because we use original MINI parts, although it can bill out a little higher than independent shops, our technicians are MINI trained, certified and current on education requirements.

The automotive industry is constantly in a state of change. Every year, awesome new vehicles with new never-before-seen features are released. With all the recent rapid advancements in tech, these changes are happening more dramatically than they have ever before and it’s best to have a knowledgeable and trustworthy MINI certified tech from Patrick MINI work on your car.




The best advice is to bring it to us, our skilled MINI Cooper service professionals can give you a quote and timeframe customized for your MINI and its demands.

To learn more, simply contact us by calling 847-230-8211 or submit an inquiry. Or if you’re ready to schedule your MINI brake repairs or brake replacements today, click “Schedule Service” below.



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