Your Ford’s brakes are part of a complex mechanical system designed to keep you and your passengers safe on the road. That’s why it’s crucial that you maintain your brake pads, rotors, calipers, and cylinders and ensure that each moving part functions properly. Over time, your brakes will wear down and require repairs. If you live in the Macon area and you need quality brake repair or replacement services, look no further than Riverside Ford. We’ve got the tools and expertise you need.
How Often Should You Replace Your Brakes?
Ford recommends replacing your brakes every few years. Depending on the model you own, your personal driving style, and the roads you drive on most often, you may need to replace your brake pads more often. Some brake pads can last 70,000 to 80,000 miles, while others need replacing at 20,000 miles. You can check to see if your pads are wearing thin by placing a stick or straw next to the pad, leaving a mark, and measuring the thickness from its edge.
If your brake pads are less than 6 millimeters thick, you likely need to replace them. Worn brake pads are unsafe and can affect your driving performance considerably. That’s why it’s important to assess the thickness of your pads every six months or 15,000 miles, depending on which comes first.
Signs You Need Brake Repairs
To determine the full life span of your brakes, you need to understand your driving style and the factors that can affect your performance. Stop-and-go traffic, frequent inclines, and a variety of other factors can affect the life of your brakes. The following are usually signs you need to have your brakes repaired or replaced:
If you come to a stop and suddenly wonder, “Why are my brakes squeaking?” it’s likely time you need your pads replaced. Strange noises occur when brakes become worn and dirt and debris build up in the brake pads. A damaged brake pad backing plate, other components, and low brake fluid can affect your driving performance. If you hear a continuous grinding, squealing, or squeaking sound, have your brakes checked immediately.
Changes in Your Driving
As you use your brakes more, you may start to notice that it takes you longer to come to a complete stop. If your vehicle begins to lurch to one side or sway, it might also indicate an issue with your brakes. Living in a particularly hilly area can increase the strain you put on your brakes and affect your overall driving performance.
The caliper holds your brake pads in place, but as your brake pads wear down, you may notice increased vibrations when braking. Malfunctioning calipers and worn-out brake pads can result in increased shaking. A pulsating brake pedal indicates it’s time for new pads, a new caliper, or both.
Tips for Extending the Life of Your Brakes
Avoid aggressively using your brakes to get the most out of your brakes and reduce overheating. When you intentionally apply your brakes over longer distances, they may overheat more easily. You can extend the life of your Ford’s brakes by having your dealer regularly inspect and service them. Other helpful tips include:
- Avoid speeding whenever possible.
- Monitor your driving performance and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles.
- Use only one foot to drive rather than two.
- Drive in a lower gear when descending a hill.
Find Expert Brake Repair and Brake Replacement Services at Riverside Ford
Here at Riverside Ford, we have the tools, parts, and expert technicians you need to maintain your Ford’s brakes and stay safe on the road. We recognize the importance of regular brake servicing, and we’ll carefully check each component for you and let you know what our recommendations are. Our full brake repair service involves the following:
Brake Fluid Change
Our team will check and top off your brake fluid and flush it out if necessary. Brake fluid attracts and absorbs moisture from the air, which can cause the metal parts in the braking system to corrode. Like the other fluids in your vehicle, it needs regular changing. Brake flushes help prevent buildup and corrosion.
Brake Pad Replacement
While front brake pads tend to wear out a little faster than rear ones, both will inevitably require replacement as heat and friction contribute to their deterioration. Our trained technicians know how to recognize brake pad wear, and we have the tools to replace the worn pads quickly.
We’ll also resurface or replace and clean your vehicle’s rotors so you can ensure optimal braking performance. Brake rotors work in tandem with brake pads to help you come to a complete stop. When they don’t work properly, they can reduce your braking power.
Brake System Replacement
If necessary, we’ll replace your entire brake system and test your new brakes to ensure they work properly. Well-maintained brake pads and shoes are an important part of ensuring that your vehicle lasts as long as possible, and replacing old brakes can potentially save your vehicle from a serious accident.
Why Go to Riverside Ford for a Brake Service?
Whether you go to Riverside Ford for a simple brake repair or a full replacement, you’ll always get quality service. Our factory‐trained technicians have the right parts and tools to help you get your vehicle in top shape. We only use original equipment manufacturer parts, so you won’t have to worry about costly future repairs resulting from an ill-fitting component. We also recognize that brake repairs can be costly, so we offer an array of service specials that cover everything from replacement brake pads to rotors.
Get Your Brakes Serviced Today at Riverside Ford
Help ensure that your vehicle’s brakes function at their best with a brake service from Riverside Ford. Our expert technicians will walk you through the full brake service process and answer any questions you might have. Don’t wait until your brakes are on their last leg. Schedule your service today and enjoy peace of mind.