4 Signs Your Ford Needs New Brake Pads
It’s important to make sure that your brakes are working well if you want to drive safely. So how can you tell when it’s time to replace your brake pads? Here are a few of the most common signs that it’s time to head to your Ford dealer to get your brakes checked.
1. Your Brakes Aren’t Working As Well
Did your vehicle’s brakes use to be super responsive? For your safety as well as for the safety of others on the road, it’s important to be able to stop your car when you need to. But if your brakes aren’t as responsive as they used to be, that’s a sign you need new pads.
In fact, it’s a major sign that you need new pads right away. This particular issue is referred to as “brake fade,” and the longer you leave it, the worse it will get. Visit your dealer right away if this is a problem you’re noticing.
2. The Pedal Vibrates
When you press down on your brake to stop your car, the brake should go down smoothly along with your foot. If your brake is vibrating when you press it, then it’s time to visit your dealership’s mechanics.
When brakes get overheated, the resin that holds the pads together doesn’t melt uniformly, as it should. This is called “glazing,” and it could be what’s causing your brakes to vibrate. Your mechanics will replace your pads if this is happening, allowing you to continue braking safely.
3. Your Car Veers to One Side When Braking
When brakes get worn out, they don’t usually get worn out evenly. The pads on one side of your car might wear out faster than the brakes on the other side of the vehicle. This could cause your car to veer to one side when you brake.
Of course, this isn’t ideal, and it could also be dangerous. When you don’t get this issue repaired, it will also put unnecessary stress on other components of your car, causing them to wear out faster than they should. So make sure you visit your dealer if you’re noticing this problem.
4. Your Brakes Are Making Noises
You probably shouldn’t hear any unusual noises when you stop your vehicle. Your brakes should be one of the quieter parts of your car. You might notice that you’re hearing a strange noise that stops when you press down on the brakes.
When brakes get worn down to a potentially dangerous level, you might start hearing some odd noises like buzzing, squealing, or scraping. You might also hear things like clicking sounds when you do press the brakes. If you’re hearing odd noises that seem to be related to your brakes, it’s time to get the pads replaced.
Your brakes are an important part of your vehicle, and making sure they’re in good shape will protect you and others that are out on the road. Do you need the pads for your brakes replaced? Visit our mechanics at Parkway Ford of Dover.