Ford Expedition Brake Disc and Pad Kit
How to Maintain and Care for the Ford Expedition Brake Disc and Pad Kit
Maintaining your Ford Expedition brake disc and pad kit is integral to keeping these key brake components in top operating condition. In this guide, we've listed some key tips you can use to maintain the brake disc and brake pads of your SUV.
- Make sure that the brake fluid is at recommended levels.
One simple yet effective way to keep the brake disc and pads in good condition is by keeping the brake fluid reservoir full. Although it circulates in a closed loop, brake fluid can still escape from the brake lines. And once it gets too low, it will take more force on the pedals to engage the brakes, which in turn puts additional strain on the brake disc and brake pads. So once the brake fluid inside the reservoir runs low, have it refilled as soon as possible.
- Check for leaks.
On the other hand, if you find yourself refilling the brake fluid quite often, your truck's brakes may have sprung a leak. There are many causes for leakage in the braking system, although structural damage on the brake lines and other brake components is the common culprit. Check the disc, caliper, hose, and other brake components, and if you suspect damage to these parts have it checked by a professional. In almost all cases, the leaking brake will necessitate the replacement of the damaged component.
- Bleed the brakes on a regular basis.
Ideally, the brakes should be bled at least once every two years, although this may need to be done sooner if the brake pedal starts to have a spongy feel or if you've installed new rotors of pads. Bleeding the brakes flushes out any air bubbles trapped in the brake lines, as well as rust and other impurities that may have contaminated the brake fluid through damaged or worn brake parts. The Expedition's brakes have a bleeder screw at the rear where you can drain out the brake fluid from.
- Take note of any noises while braking.
If you hear screeching or grating noises when braking, it may indicate a problem in the brake pads, the brake disc, or both. First, check the condition of the brake pads: most pads nowadays have wear indicators that emit a loud noise whenever the pad's friction material starts to become thin. If the brake pads are still in good condition, check the surface of the brake disc for signs of scratches or other forms of damage.