Brake Sets For German Import Cars

Give me a break, will you?

We often use a lot’s of brake components rotors and pads genuine or reputable German “aftermarket” except you may not know all the aftermarket rotors and pads has to live up to a strict European standard called the ECE R-90. It states the fact, it must be at least as good as the genuine components (at times could be better! This applies to only European made brake components. A brake pad is a brake pad, right?! In short nope!

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This was legislated back in 2018, some manufacturers complied with this even before that. The E designation is a compliance approval which says the brake component is build after the genuine components performance requirements at minimum therefore it must be as good but it could be better. This ensures a minimum standard across the board.

Going deeper into the subject, there is a lot of interesting information you can find, for instance Pagid (TMD friction) does exceed the original genuine brake pad specifications, ( see page 6 or the picture provided with chart) according to them. Knowing this gives us some comfort talking to our clientele, in turn you’re not installing an inferior product on their beloved fancy automobile if they choose other than genuine braking components. Suffice to say most often the manufacturer is a genuine OEM component manufacturer under contract.

Brembo Brake for your German Import Car

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Going one step further, I have seen a new legislation the pending Euro 7 vehicle emission regulation wants to reduce the brake particulate matter starting 2025 onward. I’m like jeee,  what a heck, don’t we have enough regulation already?!

Rest assured this politicians they never seize to amaze me with all the rules and regulations, if this keeps on going we will be back to horses and donkeys. I suggest to read it as you can be assured this will end up on our plate rather sooner than later. Additionally digging in there I found this interesting, there is a Spanish company called Rimsa, which is the most common supplier to the actual raw material of the said brake pads to most manufacturers.

That was quiet surprising as I thought brake pad friction material is a kind of a witchcraft, thought everyone has their own recipe to “cook ” their own concoction. Looking at some brake pad’s origins, makes sense now, it was manufactured in Spain, but often says only, Made in EU. You want to read on it more it’s here : 300 projects /30 countries/37 years their record.

If you’re interested in this subject, I highly recommend to read the New Euro Emission Regulations  in here.

Brembo Brake Pads

The range of Brembo brake pads offers more than 1,500 articles ECE R 90 approved. ECE R 90 certification is part of the 98/12/EC directive, applied and acknowledged by all European markets. The pads have a different abbreviation (E1, E2, E4…) depending on the country that has issued the certification. The certification is valid in all European countries.

The only reason I got Brembo in here, since offer some insight to this subject. I’m sure all the others do the same if you willing to dig deeper.

The conclusion,  there is way more to brakes and brake performance than you think . Give me a break is way more complex and progressing forward, going to be even more complex as time goes on .

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German Combustion Engines

The internal combustion engines of German descent are designed differently.

Every country designs their vehicles for their own population or driving characteristics. Let me explain please.

The Germans are very good drivers for multiple reasons.

Reason #1: Driving in Germany is a privilege not a right. To get the privilege you have to get your driver license after finishing a grueling graduated licensing program, it’s a skill you build over years, not in a few hours like in here. Since they are highly educated about driving they’re allowed to drive fast on the autobahn naturally.

The direct relation to fast driving German cars has great brakes, you must have great brakes to bring a vehicle to a stop when you’re doing 200 plus kph. The chassis has to be made stiff and strong.

Reason #2; A loose chassis will kind of wadle at high speed no matter what. Additionally in case you crash at high speed you will have a much better chance to survive the crash, dead people do not buy cars .

The third asset is that if you drive fast especially in a standard transmission equipped car you’re more connected to the machine than an automatic transmission equipped vehicle. The additional benefit is their engines are built to survive the high speed driving therefore they’re built for the purpose.

German Cars’ Drive Ability Issues in North America

When these German Import Cars are shipped over to North America they develop multiple drive ability issues due to our vastly different driving habits. For instance in a manual gearbox equipped vehicle you the driver pick the shift points, so it’s up to you when you pick the next gear. On an automatic transmission equipped vehicle the computer decides to select the next gear.

Cars in North America are forced by the government regulatory agencies like EPA and CAFE standards will prevail to choose the most economical gear possible. Therefore selecting the highest gear at the lowest speed to have the best average fuel economy.

German cars are modified to north American driving standards with automatic transmission.

When you drive those cars as they are modified to North American standards inadvertently, you will end up with multiple engine issues.

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We see a lot of engine issues due to ultra short distance driving. It causes blow by condense water build up in the oil sump, diluting the motor oil with water and fuel. Therefore the cappuccino-like slur will cause premature engine wear, especially at the bottom end of the engine and the cylinder head.

The only cure is to drive your German car as originally intended, spirited if possible, mostly in sport mode if automatic and at least 30 to 40 minutes after starting to elevate the oil temperature. So the engine gets self clean and will perform well for many years to come.

Good Quality 100% Synthetic German Motor Oils

Plus good quality motor oil, preferable 100% synthetic, timely oil changes and good quality oil filter help to extend the lifespan of any German car‘s engine.

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Welcome to our European Import Car Repair Blog.

Techmax is your one stop European Import Car repair shop in Mississauga to repair and service you BMW,  Mercedes,  Mini Cooper and  Porsche.

We created this blog for you. This is the area that will display new European, mainly German import care related informations, and posts.

Hopefully those posts and information will help you to understand auto repairs, diagnostic troubleshooting, test procedures and many other service and maintenance related issues.