How Often Do I Need to Change My Brakes?

Ford Brake Maintenance

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There is no doubt about it, your brakes are one of the most important parts of your Ford vehicle. Unlike other components in your car, truck, van or SUV that work behind the scenes to help your vehicle turn fuel into motion, your brakes have the important job of saving your life and the life of others multiple times a day.

They're also one of the parts of your vehicle of which you may be the least aware of necessary maintenance. After all, vehicles have had fuel gauges since they've been around, and modern Ford vehicles let you know when oil needs to be changed or when tire pressure is low. Brakes, on the other hand, don't have such a gauge or meter.

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Luckily, your brakes don't just stop working one day. There are signs along the way that they're wearing thin. Also, checking the brakes is part of Ford-certified scheduled maintenance and service, so if you're getting an oil change or a fluid flushing, a technician will take a look to make sure they haven't worn too thin.

How Long Can My Brakes Go Before They Need to Be Changed?

Depending on the type of Ford vehicle you have, this number can fluctuate. Your owner's manual should provide the correct schedule for your specific Ford model. In the absence of specified information, Ford Motor Company recommends having brakes inspected every 10,000 miles to 15,000 miles.

This interval allows you to keep your brake shoes, pads, rotors, discs, drums and any other part of your braking system healthy should a brake inspection not be a part of your preferred service center's regular maintenance program. Here at OEM Ford Parts, we would definitely recommend finding a Ford-certified center.

Your brakes may need to be checked more frequently if your Ford vehicle utility includes any of the following:

  • Towing a trailer or camper
  • Driving in heavy urban stop-and-go traffic
  • Frequently driving in mountainous, hilly or curvy roads
  • Off-roading

If any of the following things happen, your brakes have already started to wear to an unsafe level and require an immediate inspection and servicing:

  • Burning smell coming from wheel area
  • Metal flaking coming from brake area
  • Grinding sound when brakes are applies
  • Squealing sound when brakes are applied
  • Your Ford brake system warning light turns on
  • Your brake pedal feels soft or squishy

These situations can signal dangerously-worn brakes and should be treated with urgency and haste.

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Here at OEM Ford Parts, we supply the following OEM brake components:

If you have questions about any specific Ford brake components or are looking for help picking out the Ford brake parts you need, we'd love to help! Contact us today!