How Often Should Your Ford Get Brake Service?

March 25th, 2022 by

Regular brake service keeps you safe on the road. If you’re wondering how often you should head down to your local Ford dealer to have your brakes seen to, it depends on how much you’re using your brakes and if you detect any signs of wear and tear.

How Often Should Your Ford Get Brake Service?

Every 20,000 to 60,000 Miles

It’s generally recommended that you get your brakes checked and serviced every 20,000 to 60,000 miles. Many drivers get it done when they take their vehicle in for tire rotation, killing two birds with one stone. Some say it’s unwise to let more than 6 months go by without checking that all is well, even if your brakes appear to be working just fine. When deciding, take into consideration your usual driving conditions.

How Much Are You Braking?

Certain driving environments cause braking mechanisms to wear down far faster. This includes driving over mountainous or hilly terrain with plenty of downhill stretches of road or sharp turns that require you to keep pressing the brake pedal. Driving in heavy urban traffic can also force you to constantly stop and start, overusing your brakes. If you find yourself driving in any of these conditions, you’ll most likely need to get your brakes serviced every 20,000 miles or so.

React Swiftly to Signs of Brake Trouble

One key to good car maintenance is to pay attention and react promptly to any possible problems. This principle is doubly important with regard to your brakes. Even if your braking system has recently been serviced, if you detect one or more of the following issues, you should get your brakes checked again immediately.

Squealing or Grinding Sounds

When you press down on the pedal, your braking mechanism clamps two brake pads onto either side of a rotor, which is attached to the wheel. This creates friction which slows and stops your car. Each brake pad is made of two layers, like a biscuit, with a lower steel layer supporting a semi-metallic upper layer that’s made from mixed fibers held together by resin. This top semi-metallic layer wears down over time and use.

Brake pads are designed to emit a high-pitched squealing sound when the top layer has worn down to dangerous levels. If you hear this sound, then one or more pads need to be replaced. A heavy grinding sound, on the other hand, indicates that your pads have worn down even farther, and now you have steel scraping directly on steel. If you don’t replace those pads immediately, you’ll have a much more expensive repair job on your hands.

Vibrating Pedal

An overheating braking mechanism can cause damage to the rotor. You might detect this in vibrations felt through your foot on the brake pedal, or even through the steering wheel. A damaged or malformed rotor needs to be replaced to work properly.

Slow Stopping

The most urgent indicator of brake trouble is if you’re not slowing or stopping fast enough when you hit the brakes. This is known as brake fade, and it can be caused by many factors. Have a technician diagnose and fix the problem as soon as you can.

How a Ford Dealer Checks Your Brakes

For a full brake service, your brake fluid levels will be checked and topped up. All your under-hood lines and connections will be examined. Your car will then be raised so that the undercarriage lines and hoses can be checked. And finally, the wheels will be removed to access, examine, and fix or replace any damage to your brake pads, rotors, and calipers.

Gain peace of mind by having your braking mechanism serviced at Parkway Ford of Dover today. We’re a full-service dealership dedicated to providing local Ford drivers with the very best customer service in the region.

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