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Signs It's Time for a Brake Check at Casco Bay Ford

With all the advanced safety features we're seeing in new cars, it's crucial to remember the most important safety feature is still the brakes. Brakes are comprised of padded clamps called calipers that come together on a disc called the rotor. The friction between the pads and the rotor is what stops the car and prevents it from moving again. Over time these pads wear thin, preventing them from doing their job adequately. Keeping your brakes in good working condition is essential to the proper maintenance of your vehicle.

If you're experiencing some of the brake symptoms below, stop by for a full brake system inspection by one of the certified brake experts at our Ford service center near Portland. Regular brake checks are critical to keeping you safe on the road, and your safety is our top priority.

Obvious Signs:

  • The brake light appears on your car's dashboard.
  • The ABS light appears for antilock brakes.
  • Your vehicle takes longer to stop than it typically does, or drags when you accelerate.

Subtle Signs to Look Out For:

  • If the brake pads are wearing thin, you can tell by looking between wheel spokes for the shiny metal rotor. Around the outer edge you'll see the caliper, and between the caliper and rotor is the brake pad. If the brake pads appear to be less than one-quarter inch thick, you may need them changed.
  • Your car is making strange sounds. An indicator in your braking system makes a high-pitched, squealing noise as a warning to get your pads replaced. You may hear grinding if the brake pads have worn completely down.
  • The car pulls to the right or left while driving or braking. This could indicate that a caliper is stuck.
  • If you don't have antilock brakes but you feel pulsing, this could mean your rotors have warped and irregular surfaces are rubbing against the brake pads.
  • Your brake pedal's behavior can be a major indicator. If it hits the floor immediately when you apply pressure, there could be a brake fluid leakage or worn brake pads. If the opposite occurs and it grabs quickly when pressure is applied, then the rotors may be uneven or the brake fluid contaminated.

Contact Our Service Team for any questions: 888-716-1636