Although your Ford's primary purpose is to transport you from one place to another, its ability to stop is even more important. Not moving is inconvenient; not being able to stop can be life-threatening. Therefore, brake service is an essential part of your vehicle's routine maintenance. However, it's easy to take brakes for granted until you notice an issue. Fortunately, preventative maintenance and timely repairs can help mitigate serious problems.

How do I know when my Ford needs new brakes?

Unsettling noises like squealing or grinding are obvious tell-tale signs of brake trouble. However, there are a few other symptoms to watch out for so that you can quickly address the issue and keep small problems from becoming hazardous, like:

  • Excessive steering wheel vibration
  • Unusually stiff or spongy brake pedal feel
  • ABS warning light illumination
  • Pulling to one side
  • Strong acrid or burning odor

There's no predefined timeline for replacing brake pads, and their lifespan can vary widely (between 30,000 and 70,000 miles) depending on operating conditions and your driving habits. So, it's important to have your brakes regularly inspected. Ford recommends inspecting the brake pads/shoes, rotors/drums, lines, and hoses every 10,000 to 15,000 miles or at least once a year. Additionally, brake fluid should be inspected and topped off at every service appointment.

How long does brake service take?

The time it takes to inspect and service your Ford's brake system depends on the required work. A standard brake inspection can be completed in as little as 30 minutes, while a simple brake pad replacement can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. If the brake system is in particularly poor shape, service can take longer.

Schedule Ford Brake Service near Portland and Brunswick, ME

If you'd like more information about brake service or the recommended maintenance schedule for your specific Ford model, please reach out to Prime Ford Saco at your convenience. And if your brakes are due for a checkup, you can schedule Ford service quickly and conveniently via our website. We'll be happy to assist you.

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