Brakes at South Bay Ford

When should I get my brakes checked?

With new smart electronics, the easiest way to tell if you need your brakes changed is the brake light. Cars are now required to have a smart monitoring system that will indicate needed inspection where your entire brake system will be checked. Regardless of any of these warning signals, you should make sure to get an inspection every six months or 6,000 miles at a minimum. It is one of the utmost important safety mechanisms in your vehicle.

Things to look for:

Bumpy Braking-
An uneven rotor may be the cause if your vehicle starts vibrating when you apply the brakes. Rotors that fit inside the wheel need to be uniform all the way around. Brake servicing will make sure your rotors should get trued.
Your brake caliper may also be the cause of bumpy braking. This is what squeezes your brake pads to the rotor and slows you down. The piston inside the caliper causes it to squeeze down and apply the friction. Over time, the heat and road debris can cause the piston to stick. This means the caliper will not go back to the full off position as you let go of the brake pedal.
Wobbling during braking can also come from loose lug nuts on your wheel. Vibrating when you drive, especially at high speeds over 50, is more likely a wheel alignment problem than a brake problem.

Soft Brake Pedal
If your brakes are slower and softer than usual, then you may have a brake fluid leak. You should get this checked immediately. Call us today to have our factory-trained service technicians look for the leak.
Your brake should not go all the way to the floor. Automatic brakes should stop the pedal at least an inch above the floor of your car, and with manual brakes, they should stay at three inches. If your pedal feels spongy when applying it or sinks when pressing it, you may have air or moisture in the brake system.
Slick oil or grease reduces the friction on your brakes and can increase the time it takes to make the stop. Your Ford technician will make sure your brake system is clean and sticks appropriately.

Pulling to One Side
If your car is leaning in one way every time you brake, it means each brake is receiving uneven pressure one way or another. It could be a matter of one of the calipers or something wrong with the brake hose. Either way, it is a dangerous way to drive and only gets worse, so you should take it to get serviced right away.

Overheated or Smoking
If you start to smell a sharp chemical odor after repeated braking, pull over and get out of the car. You want to check that your parking brake has been released. Then, you should wait till your brakes cool. With overheated brakes, the “hot spots” between the rotor and pads resist friction. And without resistance, they cannot grip one another.

If smoke is coming from any of your wheels, it could mean a stuck caliper and is unsafe to drive on.

Why Choose Brakes Service at South Bay Ford?
When it comes time to check your brakes on your vehicle, look no further than South Bay Ford. Our friendly and knowledgeable Service Advisors and Ford Certified Technicians offer:

Free 21 multi-point inspection including battery check and brake inspection on:
  • Brake pad/shoe thickness for uneven wear
  • Calipers for wear or sticking
  • Hardware tests and adjustments
  • Brake lines and wheel cylinders for leaks
  • Rotors for hot spots and run-outs
  • Anti-lock brake sensors
  • Brake fluid levels and conditions.
Lifetime brake pad guarantee

With over 70 service bays available, stop by for your next brake service to experience the South Bay Ford difference.
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