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Brakes and Brake Service FAQ | Glendale, AZ

When it comes to safety for your Ford vehicle, the buck stops with brakes. Your brakes are among the most vital components of your vehicle, so knowing how they work and how to properly care for them can go a long way.

Are There Different Types of Brakes?

Brake systems vary by vehicle and basically boil down to two different types: disc and drum brakes. More often than not, your vehicle will have disc brakes on the front wheels if not all four wheels. Drum brakes are typically only offered for the rear wheels and are somewhat less common on newer vehicles.

Vehicles also have a parking brake, which is operated by a lever in the console between the front seats or, in the case of the F-150 and other vehicles, by a button located around the steering column.

What Are The Parts of Your Brake System?

Every vehicle has a complex brake system made up of several different parts with different functions. Here’s a quick rundown of all the major elements you need to know
  • Rotors: Brake rotors are the large disc you’ll notice behind your wheel. These work in tandem with brake pads and calipers to bring your vehicle to a stop
  • Pads: Every brake rotor has two pads, which press against the rotor when you apply the brakes. The pads apply friction to the rotors, allowing the vehicle to slow down and come to a stop
  • Calipers: Calipers are the somewhat oblong part you’ll see attached to the side of a rotor. The calipers feature pistons that, when activated by brake fluid, move the brake pads
  • Drums: This type of brake system is usually only located on the rear wheels of vehicles. Drum brakes contain cylinders, which push brake shoes against the drum to slow the vehicle
  • Shoes: Shoes perform the same basic function as pads, only they apply pressure from inside the drum brake
  • Master cylinder: The master cylinder is the part of the brake system that conveys the signal from the brake pedal to the components that cause the vehicle to stop
  • Brake fluid and brake lines: Brake lines carry fluid to the brake parts when you press the pedal down, allowing components to do their jobs. Without brake fluid, a vehicle may not be able to stop quickly if at all
What Are Brake Inspections and How Often Do I Need Them?

A brake inspection is an important service for your Ford vehicle because it ensures that every part of the brake system is doing what it should. When a service technician at Sanderson Ford inspects your brakes, they’ll look over all the important parts and make sure there’s enough clean fluid. If further service is recommended or necessary, we’ll let you know and give you a realistic idea of how soon you’ll need the work done.
As far as how often you should have your brakes inspected, that depends on your vehicle and what’s recommended in the owner’s manual. But if you bring your Ford truck or SUV into Sanderson Ford for regular oil changes, you can get a brake inspection as part of your regular service and stay on top of everything.

Even if you’ve recently had a brake inspection, you’ll want to bring your vehicle in if you notice any of the tell-tale signs of trouble. These could include excessive rust on the rotors, squealing or squeaking, vibration, or the vehicle pulling to one side when you come to a stop.
Don’t risk riding on bad brakes — schedule your service with Sanderson Ford in Glendale, Arizona.


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