Your brakes are an essential safety component in your vehicle. They’re designed to slowly wear out as you use them to safely stop your vehicle. You don’t want to wait until they’re bad or worn to replace them – otherwise you’re putting yourself at risk for brake failure. And if you wait too long, your rotors could be damaged, costing you more money.
A little preventative maintenance goes a long way. It'll help our technicians spot a brake part that needs servicing, before you're even at risk for brake failure.
Every maintenance schedule contains a complete set of preventative brake services like fluid check/top off and thorough inspections. It's a convenient way to make sure everything in your vehicle is taken care of properly.
Signs You May Need Brake Service
Your brakes might be worn if you:
- Hear loud or frequent squeaks or grinding
- Smell an acrid, burning odor
- Feel your brake pedal "squish" or become difficult to depress
- Feel shuddering or continuous vibration in the steering wheel
- See rust or metal flakes peeling off your brakes
- See the brake system warning light turn on
If any of these symptoms occur, you should schedule a brake inspection at your local Ford Dealership immediately.
What Happens When You Come In To The Dealership For Brake Service?
You've just brought your vehicle in to the service department specifically for a problem with your brakes. Now what? A Service Advisor will ask a technician to diagnose the problem.
Then, the Service Advisor will take you through the technician's diagnosis, step-by-step. If it shows that your brakes need service, there's no better place to have it done than right there at the dealership.
Once you've authorized the services we recommend for your vehicle, we'll get you back on the road as quickly as possible. And you can rest easy knowing that Motorcraft® Brakes are designed specifically for your vehicle. You can also ask about the tools we use to diagnose your vehicle and make sure we fix it right the first time. They not only help us - they'll help you understand the problem and the solution, plus you'll know what's going on with your vehicle's critical components every time you come in.
Choosing The Right Brakes
Making sure that the replacement parts meet or exceed the original equipment standards is the most important guide to follow when having brake parts replaced on your vehicle. Substandard or counterfeit parts at some other repair shop could be a significant downgrade in quality from the parts that were originally on your vehicle.
If you get brake service at the dealership, you don't even have to ask us to use brake parts that meet original equipment standards. We use Motorcraft® brakes, Ford Motor Company's recommended brake for Ford vehicles. They're specifically designed for your vehicle and meet original equipment standards, which means you get the same level of quality and safety out of your brakes as you did when you first bought your vehicle.
Choose from Motorcraft® pads and shoes for normal driving conditions or Super Duty brake pads and shoes for vehicles that do a lot of heavy-duty braking.
Keep Your Brakes In Top Shape
No special care is necessary. The best thing you can do for your brakes is to have them inspected during each visit to the dealership. Every vehicle maintenance schedule includes:
- Check and top off the brake fluid at every appointment
- A thorough brake inspection every 15,000 miles or 24,000 kilometers
In between visits, you should also:
- Avoid riding the brake on flat and sloped surfaces
- Check and refill brake fluid at least once a year using Motorcraft® Brake Fluid
Check your owner's guide for vehicle-specific information on caring for your brakes.