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Brake Service Advice

You're probably aware that the brakes are one of the most important safety features of your vehicle. You don't want to wait until they're too worn to replace them, otherwise, you're putting yourself and others on the road at risk. That's why it's so vital that you keep your brakes in the best condition possible. At Planet Ford Dallas Love Field, we know how precious your time is, which is why we make it so easy for you to not only know when you need to get your brakes looked at but to make a service appointment. 

Discover signs of brake wear and the importance of a brake inspection.

Your brakes are one of the most important safety features on your vehicle. Planet Ford Dallas is here to help you make sure they're in optimum condition. Brake pads and drums are designed to slowly wear as you use them. That's why it's so important to visit your local certified Ford Dealership where an expert technician can perform a thorough inspection and complete any needed maintenance or repairs.

Can you spot the signs?

Over time, your brakes slowly wear down because you're using them every time you get behind the wheel. Plus, the more you use the brakes, the faster they wear out. Some common signs that might signal your brake system might need servicing are listed in the video above, but can also include the following:

  • You hear any type of grinding.
  • The steering wheel begins to shudder.
  • The brake pedal sticks.
  • The brakes feel spongy.
  • Your vehicle has a delayed response when you apply the brakes.
  • Your vehicle pulls to one side or the other.
  • Your anti-lock brake system (ABS) warning light comes on.

Even if you don't notice any signs, if you can't remember the last time you had your brakes looked at, you might want to consider making an appointment. Depending on how frequently you drive, what type of driving conditions you experience, and the vehicle that you drive, your service intervals can vary.

However, it's recommended that you have your brakes inspected every six months. A good way to remember this is every time you have your tires rotated, also schedule a brake inspection. In general, your brakes should be replaced every 20,000 to 30,000 miles, but your pads will need to be replaced before then.

Make an Appointment

If you feel like a factory-trained professional needs to look at your vehicle's brakes, we can take care of that at Planet Ford Dallas. Simply fill out our online appointment form and let us know your concerns. Fill out your vehicle year, make, and model, and select the type of service you're interested in. If you prefer, you can also call our service center directly during regular business hours, and we can get you scheduled.

We offer convenient service hour times that work best for you and your busy schedule. We're open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. 

Use the Professionals

During the brake inspection, our certified technicians will look at each brake pad, check it for wear, and examine its thickness. They will make sure the brake lines and wheel cylinders aren't leaking, inspect the calipers for wear, and check brake fluid level and conditions. They'll also check the rotors for any rough spots and make sure there is no damage such as warping or cracks.

If our technicians notice that your brake system needs attention, they will take care of it on the spot since we are a full-service maintenance and repair facility. They will use only original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts, which is essential because it means that these parts were constructed for your specific Ford vehicle. You don't have to worry about the parts not fitting or working properly. Substandard parts you might get at another repair shop might be cheaper, but they don't offer the same type of quality or come with any type of guarantee.

We use Motorcraft brakes, which is the Ford Motor Company's recommended choice for brakes placed in Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles. That's because they're designed for these specific vehicles and meet the OEM standards. Having these types of brakes installed in your vehicle gives you the same level of safety and quality found when you first purchased the vehicle. For regular driving, it's best to use Motorcraft pads and shoes, while Super Duty ones are better if you do a lot of heavy braking.

Secure the Lifetime Brake Pad Guarantee*

At Planet Ford Dallas, we want you to rest easy after you have your vehicle serviced at our facility. That's one of the reasons why we offer a Lifetime Brake Pad Guarantee on all Motorcraft brake pads. All of our brake pads are designed and engineered specifically for your Ford vehicle, and this guarantee ensures that we will replace them for as long as you own the vehicle.

This guarantee applies to eligible Motorcraft brake pads bought after July 1, 2014. It's non-transferable and requires the completion of other specific brake services, such as a brake rotor service. To be eligible, all replacement Motorcraft brake pads must be installed by a Quick Lane technician or at a Ford dealership. Some other restrictions and exclusions may apply. For further information, see a Service Advisor. The Ford Motor Company holds the registered trademark of Motorcraft.

*Eligible Motorcraft brake pads purchased after July 1, 2014. Nontransferable. Requires completion of any other necessary brake service such as brake rotor service. Replacement Motorcraft brake pads must be installed by a Ford Dealership or Quick Lane® technician to be eligible. Labor costs not included. Restrictions and exclusions apply. See Service Advisor for details. Motorcraft® is a registered trademark of Ford Motor Company.

Maintain Your Brakes

In between visits to our service center, there are certain habits you should follow to ensure that your brakes stay in good working condition. The main one is to slow down, since making a complete stop while driving at high speeds causes premature brake pad wear. You can also:

  • Avoid riding your brakes on sloped surfaces.
  • Keep your vehicle as light as possible since the weight can add up, causing a heavier load for your brakes to stop.
  • Check your brake fluid regularly, and top if necessary.
  • Try not to slam on your brakes often.
  • Not drive with two feet, as this can cause you to hit the brake and accelerator at the same time.
  • Flush your brakes every two years, especially if you have an older vehicle.

If you have any questions about your brakes or would like one of our trained technicians to take a look at them, simply reach out to us and schedule an appointment. You can also click the Chat Text button on our service page to communicate with one of our team members. We can answer your questions and give you the peace of mind you need to get back on the road safely.

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