While your Ford's primary purpose is to "go," being able to stop is perhaps even more important. Poorly functioning brakes are hazardous to you and other vehicles on the road. So, that makes proper brake care a vital component of car maintenance. But since the brakes are usually out of sight, it's easy to forget about them until a problem arises. Preventive maintenance and timely fixes can help mitigate more serious problems down the road.

When Does My Ford Need New Brakes?

Brake pad lifespan can vary widely—between 30,000 and 70,000 miles, depending on driving habits and operating conditions—so there's no predefined timeline for their replacement. That's why it's important to have them inspected regularly. Whenever you visit Duval Ford for service, our technicians can visually inspect the pads for irregular wear patterns. Ford recommends a more thorough brake system checkup every 15,000 miles (every other oil change is easy to remember) to inspect pad wear and thickness, rotor alignment, caliper function, and fluid condition.

What are Signs of Bad Brakes?

Unsettling noises like grinding or squealing are the most obvious signs that something is wrong with your brakes. However, it's important to recognize other indicators that may not occur with an audible cue. Examples include:

  • ABS warning light in the dash
  • Oddly stiff or spongy brake pedal feel
  • Acrid or burning odor
  • Excessive steering wheel vibrations
  • Pulling to one side

Where Can I Find Ford Brake Service in Jacksonville

The expert technicians at Duval Ford know your vehicle inside and out and are equipped with the knowledge, experience, and specialized equipment to ensure your Ford performs at its best. We make it easy to schedule Ford service here on our website. But thanks to Ford Quick Lane, you don't need an appointment for simple items like oil changes and brake inspections.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the recommended maintenance for your specific model. It will be our pleasure to assist you.

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