Why it is important to maintain your braking system

Brakes are without question one of your vehicles most important systems. Whether its a new or used Ford, commercial or passenger, your brake system is the last point of contact between you and the tyres. So these need to be maintained to ensure your vehicle is able to stop effectively.

For your safety, the safety of your passengers, other drivers and pedestrians – maintaining your brake system and replacing old or worn-out components is of the utmost importance. Understanding how your brake system works is also crucial in helping you to determine if and when your vehicle needs professionally qualified attention.

Each wheel on your vehicle has a large brake disc attached to it. Each disc in turn has brake pads on either side. When you apply your foot to the brake pedal, it triggers the brake pads to press either side of the actual brake disc. The brake pads are held in place by what is known as a brake caliper. The caliper pushes the brake pad against the disc when hydraulic fluid is forced into it. when you press the brake pedal you are forcing this fluid into the caliper and in turn pushing the pads against the disc, slowing your vehicle to the desired speed or a complete stop.

Brake Pads

Brake pads on Ford vehicles typically last 25,000km to 35,000km depending on the amount of braking that you do. The rear brakes last  a bit longer because they do not have as much force applied to them.  However, because they are not used as intensely as the front brakes they can become stiff over time and the brake caliper can require servicing.

Brake Discs

Brake discs last two to three times longer than brake pads, but over time and depending on your braking style, the brake pad will wear into the brake disc resulting in the need for professional attention. Our Ford technicians will be able to advise you on the state of both your brake pads and brake discs and if they are approaching or have exceeded the discard limit.

Intervals change by model but also by engine so please check with us by calling 063 30355 or emailing [email protected] to find the correct timing belt interval for your model.

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