The Importance of Brake Maintenance

It is imperative that drivers get an inspection on their brakes every six months or 6,000 miles at the least. This one of the most essential safety functions in your vehicle. Ford encourages you to bring your Ford vehicle

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in so that your vehicle can be benefitted by the very people who created your car, truck, or SUV. We have over 35,000 trained service technicians nationwide. Our specialty is serving your vehicle. Because of their expertise, they have the skills and knowledge with your vehicle’s original equipment manufacturer or OEM parts. Here at Ford our brake inspections involve checking the following:

  • Uneven wear and measuring the brake pad/shoe volume
  • Analyze brake fluid levels and conditions
  • Check Rotors for hot spots and run-outs
  • Test hardware and make adjustments
  • Calipers for wear or sticking
  • Ensure that brake lines, master and wheel cylinders are not leaking
  • Check Anti-lock brake sensors

A Few Warning Signs that You Need a Brake Replacement

The most obvious sign that your car might needs brake work is the check brake light. All vehicles are required by law to have a smart monitoring system to help you solve any maintenance issues as soon as they arise. If you do not get this indicator, you may notice signs. Read further to learn what these warning signs may be.

Making Noise

The next most common sign that your brakes are wearing down is that they are making a lot of noise. These noises may include, rattling, screeching, squealing, grinding, or squeaking. If you are experiencing a high-pitched, metallic squeal while you drive, this usually means that your brake pads or worn down. Note that brake pads have steel indicators.

Therefore, when it contact with the rotors, it will begin to squeal. Furthermore, hearing a grinding sound when braking can stem from a number of issues. If you feel the pressure once you hit the brakes, this may be because of a rock or some type of gravel stuck in the caliper. However, it is also possible that there is a lack of lubrication on the rear drum brakes. Furthermore, if you have gone a long time without maintaining your brakes, your brake pads might be completely worn through. This is why you hear the sound of metal on metal.

Contact your local Ford dealership at (859) 341-6603 if you are experiencing any of the following issues with your brakes.