Brake Repair Near Tuscaloosa at Tuscaloosa Ford

January 5th, 2023 by

Mechanic working on brakes

According to AAA, you should have your brakes checked every time you rotate your tires. You can also ask for your brakes to be checked every time you get an oil change. In general, you should consider having your brakes checked about every 6,000 miles. Drivers who do a lot of stop-and-start driving or in-town short trips should consider having their brakes checked more often.

Technicians at Tuscaloosa Ford can quickly and efficiently check your brakes and notify you if it’s time for brake service. You can request a brake inspection when you bring your car to the dealership for a tire rotation or other routine service, and of course, if you think you have a problem with your vehicle’s braking system.

How Long Will My Brakes Last?

There’s a wide range of brake pad lifespan, anywhere from 20,000 to 70,000 miles. However, the average brake pads and shoes last between 30,000 and 35,000 miles. You might not realize that among parts for your car, truck, or SUV, brake pads are meant to be disposable. Brake service is a regular part of vehicle maintenance.

What Other Brake Service Is Needed?

Have you ever felt a “spongy” feeling when you pressed on the brake pedal? This is a sign that you could need to have a brake system flush and your brake lines bled. When a technician bleeds your brake lines, they remove air from the system. Brake fluid is also flushed and brake lines cleaned.

Brake jobs involve replacing brake pads and shoes. If there is damage to rotors or the brakes themselves, the job will cost more than ordinary brake pad and show replacement. Pricing for these services is per-axle. Repairing damaged brakes costs more than replacing brake pads as part of regular vehicle maintenance.

Signs You May Need Brake Repair Near Tuscaloosa

Brake failures contribute to about 300,000 accidents per year in the U.S., according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). This sounds like a huge number, but there are nearly 6 million accidents in the U.S. each year. However, this doesn’t tell the whole story: the NHTSA says that faulty brakes play some role in up to 20% of car accidents. These accidents can be prevented with proper brake maintenance and service.

Braking systems provide you with a warning that you should bring your car in for brake service. The brake “squealer” is a small metal part that begins to make noise when your brake pads have worn to the point they need to be replaced.

Some people are tempted to keep driving after they hear the brake “squealer” warning. This isn’t a good idea, since you run the risk of serious damage to your braking system, and a much more expensive, in-depth repair.

There are several signs that you may need to bring your vehicle in for brake repair near Tuscaloosa:

  • Squealing or grinding noises when you apply the brakes: This is often caused by worn brake pads.
  • Brake pedal feels soft or spongy: This could indicate that there is air in the brake lines or that the brake fluid is low.
  • Brake warning light is on: This could indicate a problem with the brake system.
  • Brake pedal is hard to press: This could be a sign of a problem with the brake booster or a leak in the brake system.
  • Vehicle pulls to one side when braking: This could be caused by a stuck caliper or a brake fluid leak.

Tuscaloosa Ford Offers A Lifetime Brake Pad Guarantee

The qualified technicians at Tuscaloosa Ford offer a lifetime brake pad guarantee. You can also receive points and rebates on brake service through the FordPass Rewards® Visa. Tuscaloosa Ford also offers other discounts and coupons for brake service and other needed maintenance and repair.

Brake Service And Repair At Tuscaloosa Ford

Tuscaloosa Ford’s service department is open Monday-Friday from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Saturday from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The service department is fully stocked with OEM (original equipment manufacturer) and can quickly source any parts you need for brake repair near Tuscaloosa.

Tuscaloosa Ford’s factory-trained technicians don’t just work on Ford vehicles. They can assist you with repair on any other make and model of car, truck, or SUV. The dealership offers a clean, comfortable waiting area and free shuttle service to and from your home. Part and labor warranties are offered on all types of service, including brake service.

For more information please contact us today!

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