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Ford Expedition Brake Pads

Three Telltale Signs that the Ford Expedition Brake Pads Need Replacing

The Ford Expedition brake pads have a very tough job-every time you hit the brakes, these components grind with the disk rotor to slow down and stop your vehicle. This is why after 40,000 miles or so, these pads will need replacing. However, just because you know when to replace this component doesn't mean you will ignore the declining performance of your SUV's brakes. When you feel your car is not braking as tight as before, then it's time to troubleshoot. Here are some brake pad-related problems:

Brake pedal going too far down to stop

When you step on the brake pedal and it feels like it's going farther down than it usually does, the brake pads might already be worn. To check, you won't have to take off the car's wheels-you can see it under the car without having to remove any component. Once you find the brake pad, take note of its thickness. If it looks much thinner than when you first bought it, then this would mean that the pad is almost used up and needs to be replaced. Check each pad as they sometimes wear unevenly.

Brakes grabbing or pulling

Brakes that work properly should work smoothly and evenly whenever you push the pedal. However, if you notice the car pulling to one side whenever you hit the brake, the pads might be at fault. If the brake pads aren't worn, they could be contaminated by oil or leaked brake fluid. Check the component's lining for traces of these liquids to confirm.

Brakes squealing or whining

When you hear a high-pitched noise every time you hit the brakes, it could mean that the brake pads are vibrating, a condition known as brake judder. Each brake pad comes with a little metal gasket between the brake pad and the piston. This small component absorbs the vibrations, which can increase in frequency to the point of whining or squealing. If there's no object filling the space between the pads and the piston, then the gasket might be missing.

Other symptoms

There are other problems that worn brake pads may cause. For example, when the car's brakes have grown weak thus taking longer to stop when you apply it suddenly, then the brake pads are getting thin and need replacing. Check for breaking or contamination on the component as well to see if you have to buy new stock.

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  • Tips to Keep your Ford Expedition Brake Pads Clean and Efficient

    Proper braking performance cannot be managed without working brake components, which is why it is highly important that you should maintain your Ford Expedition brake pads regularly. Manufacturers recommend that you inspect and clean this component every 15,000 miles. Because checking your brake pads is fairly easy, you do not have an excuse to neglect this task. To help you guard the component's full efficiency, here are some tips in doing proper maintenance.

    Inspect for signs of wear

    While it is known that brake pads need replacing every 40,000 miles, you shouldn't wait this long before taking a look at the component. Since you'll be taking a look at them anyway, you may as well take note of its thickness and check for any signs of wear or damage.

    For a closer inspection, you will have to remove the tire that's blocking your view from the brake pads. Use jack stands to keep the SUV steady, and wear a filtering mask to avoid inhaling the harmful brake dust.

    Clean the brake pads

    Only use a brake cleaner to get rid of dirt and contaminants from the component. Do not use compressed air or petroleum-based solvents to get rid of the brake dust and other kinds of dirt.

    Because brake cleaners are usually available in a spray can, you won't have to take out the brake pads from the system just to clean it. You will only need a few tools aside from the filtering mask--safety gloves, goggles, and a disposable pan. The three safety gear will protect your skin and eyes from getting spilled on or sprayed at with the cleaner. Meanwhile, the pan will be there to catch the excess cleaner.

    Also, because the brake cleaner contains harmful chemicals, it is best to make the following preparations before you spray on the brake pads:

    • Make sure that you're in a well-ventilated area so the chemicals' residue can easily evaporate and won't be trapped with you in a room.
    • Cover the SUV's areas that could be exposed to the brake cleaner as the chemicals can also harm your vehicle's coating and any plastic components.
    • The surrounding parts of your car should be completely cooled down before you spray the brake cleaner. Its chemicals are combustible when applied to any hot metal--directly or indirectly--and its fumes can be more toxic when it ignites.

    Once you're fully prepared, just follow the instructions stated on the can when applying the cleaner. You can also use it on the entire braking system and the cleaning process itself takes only minutes.