5 Warning Signs You Need New Brakes

Signs You Need New Brakes

At Rockwall Ford, we receive many questions from drivers around Mesquite and Garland wondering about warning signs that you need new brakes. Proper vehicle care and maintenance is important, and is something we take seriously at our dealership, which is why we’re always happy to answer this question for our Rockwall-area customers!

Here are our five top warning signs that you may need new brakes:

1.     Squeaking Brakes

The most common sign that you’re in need of brake repair is a squeaking sound when you hit the brakes. This can have many causes, so it’s important to have a factory-certified technician look over your brake system to determine the right course of action.

Squeaking brakes can be caused
by: rusted rotors, lack of lubrication or low brake fluid, old brake pads, and more.

2.     Brake Fade

Brake fade, or slower-than-average braking, is often caused by a warped brake rotor. This can happen due to frequent or prolonged braking, which causes excessive friction in your system. The increase in temperature from excessive braking may cause a glaze to form on the rotors or brake pads, ultimately decreasing your stopping capabilities.

3.     Pulling to One Side

If your car is pulling to one side while braking, take it to your nearest Ford dealership for a proper diagnosis. This can be caused by a warped suspension or uneven tire wear, but it can also be caused by a malfunctioning brake caliper or rotor.

4.     Vibrations When Braking

If you’re experiencing vibrations in your steering wheel and brake pedal, you may be due for new brakes. Keep in mind, though, that many cars have an Anti-Lock Braking System that can create a vibration-like sensation during emergency stopping; this is normal.

If you’re experiencing vibrations in the brakes and steering wheel during normal braking, however, your rotors may be warped, or your calipers may need to be repaired.

5.     It’s Been More Than 50,000 Miles

Most brake pads are designed to last approximately 50,000 miles. If it’s been longer than that since you’ve had your braking system inspected, you’re probably overdue for new brake pads.

For good measure, we always recommend having your brakes inspected by a factory-certified technician with every 7,500- to
10,000-mile oil change. This way, you’re sure to have them checked out at least once every year, if not more.

How to Make Brakes Last Longer

While you will likely need new brakes approximately every 50,000 miles, there are certain things you can do to keep your braking system healthy for as long as possible. Try out these tips:

  • Practice slow and steady braking, and limit emergency braking
  • Use sturdy brake pad materials, preferably ceramic
  • Stick to the highway to avoid the frequent stops of city driving
  • Limit towing when possible, and use engine braking while towing if you can

Of course, there are many factors at play when it comes to when you’ll need new brakes, but following these behaviors can result in slightly prolonging your brakes’ lifespans.

Where Can I Go if I See Warning Signs That I Need New Brakes?

If you see any of these warning signs that you need new brakes, visit the Ford Service Center at Rockwall Ford, serving Rockwall, Mesquite, and Garland. We’ll be happy to take a look at your braking system, and we’ll get you fixed up and back on the road as quickly as possible.

Contact us to make your service appointment today!

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