Brakes are amazing things. You touch your brake pedal. Your car stops. Easy peasy. But have you ever noticed a squeaking sound coming from your brakes? Or maybe you’ve seen that it takes your Ford Explorer longer to stop than usual. Brake parts don’t last forever. So if you have concerns, give our team at Griffin Ford Fort Atkinson near Whitewater a call.

Brakes on a Ford Explorer

Most models use a very similar braking system. Once you press your brake pedal, then the master brake cylinder activates. The cylinder tells your calipers to apply pressure to the brake pads. The calipers move the brake pads against the spinning rotor. It continues to do so until the rotor stops moving. While this is going on, your brake lines run fluid from your brake fluid reservoir to each brake component. Brake fluid keeps all moving parts turning smoothly and prevents them from grinding.

Why do brakes wear out?

Even if you don’t drive your Ford Explorer that much, your brake components will still brake down a little bit. However, frequent use of your brakes and even harsh weather conditions speed up the process. For example, bits of gravel and dirt hinder movement and cause uneven wear. Start and go traffic requires you to use your brakes more frequently. Even a hard stop causes bits of the resin and metal to come off your brake parts. That’s why it’s important to schedule regular maintenance on your Ford Explorer.

Get a brake inspection at a Ford service center near me

Our team at Griffin Ford Fort Atkinson is here to help you with every aspect of maintaining your Ford Explorer. We perform brake inspections, top off the fluid, and replace worn parts. You can schedule your appointment online, stop by our dealership, or give us a call.