A fully functioning brake system is crucial to your safety, the safety of your passengers, and the safety of other drivers on the road. Your vehicle’s brake system involves highly engineered parts and precise movements that stop your vehicle by converting kinetic energy into thermal energy. When you press down on the brake pedal, the master cylinder pressurizes a system of hydraulic brake lines leading to each of the vehicle’s wheels, where brake pads or shoes press against a disc or drum and create the necessary friction needed to slow the vehicle to a complete stop. Over time, this friction and heat has the potential to wear down the brake shoes, brake pads, calipers, brake rotors, and other braking components. While the components comprising each brake system may vary, the warning signs for impending brake repairs are the same.
When Should You Have a Brake Inspection by Tropical Ford?
If you notice
Squeaking or grinding
A burning odor
A hard-to-press or "squishy" pedal
Shuddering or vibration in your steering wheel
Rusting or flaking in your brakes or rotors
Your brake system warning light goes on
How to spot worn brakes? When to replace or repair
The more you use them, the faster they wear out. Your brake pads or shoes are designed to keep the metal of your calipers from grinding against - and damaging – the metal of your rotors. This is not a built-in flaw, but simply a result of brakes working normally and safely. If you’re hearing a grinding or squeaking noise, it’s time for an inspection.
Brake inspections are crucial to ensuring safe driving conditions. Determining when to seek an inspection will depend on your driving conditions and preferences. The goal of our brake inspection is to find, diagnose, and discuss any issues while recommending brake repair procedures. With our factory-trained experts there no better company and people to do this inspection than Tropical Ford.
If your wheels are out of alignment you could be causing uneven tire wear. This could lead to replacing your tires sooner than you should need to.
Today’s bumpy roads and overgrown potholes can throw off the alignment of your vehicle, causing it to pull to the left or right rather than traveling in a straight line. This can lead to uneven tire wear and reduce your gas mileage. The solution? Stop by Tropical Ford for a road test and professional wheel alignment. Our factory-trained experts are Ready To Serve™ – helping to restore proper alignment, improve handling and make your vehicle run more efficiently.