The brake system is one of the most important safety mechanisms your vehicle has. It is necessary to have it inspected regularly — a minimum of every six months or roughly every 6,000 miles — to ensure proper performance.
How can I tell my brakes need servicing?
Brakes feeling spongy or hard to press down on are two of the most common signs that your system needs servicing. In these cases, it is likely that air has gotten into the lines or that you are low on brake fluid. Other indicators include noises such as a squeal or grinding. Both signal your pads are worn and will likely need immediate service. Also, if your car pulls to one side, or if your steering wheel or brake pedal shakes when you apply the brake, your rotors may be warped and need replacing. In some cases, rotors can be resurfaced to save money. Lastly, your anti-lock braking system (ABS) warning lights will indicate when you’re running low on brake fluid, or that there may be a leak somewhere in your brake lines.
What should be included in a brake inspection?
When having a brake system checkup, it is recommended that a test drive as well as a visual inspection are performed. Your technician should:
- Check for even wear and measure brake pad/shoe thickness
- Ensure brake lines, and master and wheel cylinders aren’t leaking
- Check rotors for hot spots and run-outs
- Inspect calipers for wear, fluid leaks and movement
- Check anti-lock brake sensors
- Test hardware and make necessary adjustments
- Check brake fluid condition and levels
Each of these components must be working properly to ensure the effectiveness of your brake system.
Why should I choose my Ford dealership for brake repair?
There are many mistakes that can be made while repairing your brake system. Errors such as not measuring rotor thickness and installing brake pads backward happen more often than you’d think. Not cleaning the brake slides and hardware before installation are also common occurrences. Any of these oversights can result in costly damages to your vehicle.
There are over 35,000 factory-trained Ford technicians across America ready to service your car, truck or SUV. Their training has been developed by the same company that designed, engineered and built your vehicle. This means they have the knowledge, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts, tools and training to help ensure your service is done correctly the first time. Other benefits of dealership installation include:
- Full-service maintenance and repair facility
- Parts and labor warranties
- Clean, comfortable waiting areas
- Shuttle service to and from your home
- Friendly and knowledgeable staff
While factory-trained technicians and warrantied service are very good reasons for visiting your Ford dealership, there are other advantages as well.
The Ford Service Credit Card
Service needs can arise at any time. The Ford Service Credit Card lets you pay for all service maintenance and repairs, including brake parts and labor, when it’s convenient for you. And, it can be used at Ford dealers across the U.S. It’s easy to apply for, and once you’ve submitted your application it only takes minutes to receive the decision. Subject to credit approval, you’ll be provided with a credit line to assist you with all in-store purchases, including:
- Extended service plans
- Loaner vehicles
- Body shop repairs/deductions
- Vehicle service and maintenance
- And more
Do your brakes need inspection or repair? Contact your local Ford dealer to learn more about current promotions or Ford brake service coupons available. You may also log into your Ford Owner account to schedule an appointment today.