Maintaining your brakes

Brakes are one of the most important parts of your vehicle.

When your brakes are healthy, they help your Ford stop quickly and reliably. They also help you maintain control while you’re driving.

And because worn brake components can cause drag, new brakes can also help improve your efficiency.


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


Motorcraft® replacement brake components are engineered to Ford Motor Company specifications, and are backed by a 24-month/unlimited-mile limited warranty. See your Dealer for warranty details.

Motorcraft brake parts offer the following benefits:

  • Optimized for safety, durability, and performance
  • Built to minimize noise and vibration
  • Meet or exceed Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS)
  • Includes installation hardware, when needed
  • Are application-specific—not “one size fits all”


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The Brake Coach shows the percentage of available energy you've recovered and returned to the battery. It also coaches you on how to brake efficiently, so that more energy can be regenerated.