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- Your brakes grab at the slightest pressure
- The vehicle pulls to the left or right when braking
- You hear excessive squealing, grinding, chattering or groaning
- The brake pedal or steering wheel shakes or vibrates when braking
- Your brake pedal feels different
Lifetime Warranty on Motorcraft Brakes & Pads
All genuine Ford Motorcraft replacement brake pads and shoes come with a Lifetime Warranty, so they could be the last you’ll ever buy. Brake pads and shoes are also covered by the Ford Protection Plan, which offers replacement coverage for as long as you own your vehicle.
Making sure your brake pads are in working condition, and replacing them, won’t just save you money in the long run. It can potentially save your vehicle, or even your life in an accident. But how do you know when to replace your brake pads?
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN BRAKE PADS WEAR DOWN?
Every time you engage your vehicle’s brakes, you are causing small amounts of wear on your brake pads. This friction causes the protective coating to wear away from the brake pad. Over time, this deterioration adds up. And as your brake pads becomes thinner, they eventually get to the point where they should be replaced. Here are signs to look for on when to replace brake pads:
1. SQUEALING OR SCREECHING NOISES
Generally, the first indication any driver will notice is a squealing, screeching, or whining noise when the braking. This sound is caused by a small shim indicator that’s embedded in your brake pad for just this purpose. When you hear it regularly while braking, it’s likely time to bring your car in to a brake specialist for an inspection.
NOTE: When some style of brakes are exposed to wet, damp conditions, a thin layer of rust can form on the brake pads and cause a similar sound. If the sound disappears after the first few times you brake, that’s a good indicator that it was just a bit of rust built up on the brake pad and the pad does NOT need to be replaced.
2. LESS THAN A QUARTER INCH OF BRAKE PAD
You can also visually inspect your brake pads to know if it’s time to have them replaced. If the pad is less than ¼ inch thick(about 3 millimeters) you should consider having your brakes inspected, especially if it’s been awhile since your last inspection.
3. DEEP METALLIC GRINDING AND GROWLING
If you hear a deep, low noise that sounds like metal grinding or a rumbling growl, that can be a sign that not only are your brake pads worn away, but that your brake discs and calipers are making contact. Since this metal on metal contact can very quickly cause even further damage in your braking system, you should bring your vehicle in to a service shop as quickly as possible if you hear this type of noise.
4. INDICATOR LIGHTS
Some vehicles have an indicator light on the dashboard that will signal when it’s time to replace the brake pads. Check your owner’s manual to see if your vehicle comes equipped with the low-pad warning system. Remember that if the light does come on, you’ll need to have your mechanic replace the light sensors as well as the brake pads.
HOW LONG DO BRAKE PADS LAST?
How long brake pads can last vary from vehicle to vehicle and from driver to driver. For example, if you tend to drive most often in urban areas or in heavy commuter traffic, you’ll be using your brakes more frequently than someone who drives in rural locations or on highways. Some people also “ride the brake,” meaning they press and depress their brakes more habitually than other drivers, causing the brake pads to wear away more quickly.
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