Brake systems include items like pads and rotors that gradually wear as you drive, as well as non-wear items like brake hoses.
Ford Motor Company recommends that you follow your maintenance schedule and have your brakes inspected every 10,000-15,000 miles, depending on your vehicle model.
Immediately have your brakes inspected if:
- Your brake pedal feels squishy or goes to the floor
- The brake system warning light turns on
- You feel a steering wheel vibration while driving, with or without the brakes applied
- You hear a squealing or grinding sound, with or without the brakes applied
- You smell a burning odor
- You see metallic flakes peeling off the brakes
- You see deep gouges or scratches on your brake rotors
You may want to have your brakes inspected sooner than scheduled if your vehicle falls under the following special operating conditions:
- You tow a trailer or use a camper or vehicle-top carrier
- You drive in heavy stop-and-go traffic
- You drive in hilly or mountainous areas
- You drive off-road