Brake Service Advice

Brake Safety

Your vehicle's brakes are integral to your safety and essential to the optimal performance of your vehicle. Here's some helpful advice on brake care that you can use to enhance the performance and lengthen the life of your brakes.

How to Check Your Brakes

Checking your brakes periodically between professional services is essential to the maintaining the integrity and performance of your brakes. It's also a great idea to plan ahead and have your brakes inspected while you are having tire rotation services performed. This inspection should include:

  • Amount of wear on brake pads 
  • Brake fluid levels
  • Rotor thickness and overall condition
  • Hose and brake line condition
  • Brake light operation
  • Interior dashboard warning light check

You will need to replace your brake pads as part of normal vehicle maintenance. In some cases, you can see your brake pads through the openings in your wheels. This is a great way for you to check the condition of your brake pads in-between professional brake services.

If you are an adventurous do-it-yourselfer, there are some brake services that you can perform yourself, including changing the brake fluid, rotors, and brake pads. Be sure to check your owner's manual for specific instructions.

How to Identify Signs of Brake Problems

It's important to be able to identify early warning signs of potential problems. By detecting issues early, you can provide improved brake care for your vehicle and ensure you and your passengers are safe while on the road. Here are some things you should watch for to determine if your brakes need servicing:

  • Interior Warning Light
  • Abnormal Noises When Brakes Applied (including grinding and squealing)
  • Delayed or Diminished Response When Brakes are Applied
  • Vehicle Pulls to One Direction or Shakes When Brakes are Applied
  • Brake Pedal Goes All the Way to the Floor or Will Hardly Move When Brakes are Applied

If you are able to identify any of these warning signs, it's important to take your vehicle to a professional for brake services as soon as possible. Maintaining the integrity of your brake system is imperative to the safety of you, your passengers, and everyone around you.

What to Do When It's Time to Buy Brakes

When it comes time to replace your brakes, most opt for professional brake service to get the job done. In general, with proper brake care, your brakes should be replaced every 20,000-30,000 miles.

Here, at Marcotte Ford, our team of professionals would be happy to help with all your brake care needs. We are committed to providing superior service and exceptional workmanship that is simply unmatched for our valued customers in Holyoke and the surrounding areas. Be sure to contact us for answers to all your car care questions or to schedule your brake care services today! 

Lifetime Brake Pad Guarantee*

At Ford, we'll stop at nothing to make sure you can stop for anything. That's why we provide a Lifetime Brake Pad Guarantee. Our brake pads are specifically designed and engineered for your Ford. For optimum stopping power, schedule a brake inspection at your Marcotte Ford Sales Inc..
*Eligible Motorcraft brake pads purchased after July 1, 2014. Nontransferable. Requires completion of any other necessary brake service such as brake rotor service. Replacement Motorcraft brake pads must be installed by a Ford Dealership or Quick Lane® technician to be eligible. Labor costs not included. Restrictions and exclusions apply. See Service Advisor for details. Motorcraft® is a registered trademark of Ford Motor Company.
  • GET A $25 REBATE BY MAIL WHEN YOU USE YOUR FORD SERVICE CREDIT CARD TO MAKE A QUALIFYING PURCHASE OF $250 OR MORE (BEFORE TAX).*

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    Expires: 12/31/17

    *Subject to credit approval. Rebate valid on qualifying purchase before tax; not valid on prior purchases. Complete purchase must be made on the Ford Service Credit Card. Offer valid 10/1/17 to 12/31/17. Submit rebate by 1/31/18 by mail-in rebate form or online at fordowner.com. Limit one $25 mail-in rebate per visit. Rebate by prepaid debit card. Cannot be combined with other Ford Service Credit Card offers. Valid at participating U.S. Ford Dealerships.

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  • GET A $50 REBATE BY MAIL WHEN YOU USE THE FORD SERVICE CREDIT CARD ON ANY MOTORCRAFT® BRAKE SERVICE.*

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    *Retail purchases only. Dealer-installed Motorcraft or Omnicraft™ brake pads or shoes. Exclusions apply. Limit one redemption per axle. Taxes extra. Subject to credit approval. Complete purchase must be made on the Ford Service Credit Card. Offer valid 10/1/2017 to 12/31/2017. Submit rebate by 1/31/2018 by mail-in rebate form or online at fordowner.com. Rebate per axle ($50 with Ford Service Credit Card, $25 without Ford Service Credit Card). Rebate by prepaid debit card or apply to an active Owner Advantage Rewards® account. See participating U.S. dealership for vehicle applications, rebate and account details through 12/31/2017.

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  • GET A $25 REBATE BY MAIL ON ANY MOTORCRAFT® BRAKE SERVICE.*

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    Expires: 12/31/17

    *Retail purchases only. Dealer-installed Motorcraft or Omnicraft™ brake pads or shoes. Exclusions apply. Limit one redemption per axle. Taxes extra. Offer valid 10/1/2017 to 12/31/2017. Submit rebate by 1/31/2018 by mail-in rebate form or online at fordowner.com. Rebate by prepaid debit card or apply to an active Owner Advantage Rewards® account. See participating U.S. dealership for vehicle applications, rebate and account details through 12/31/2017.

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  • LIFETIME BRAKE PAD GUARANTEE*

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    Expires: 12/31/18

    *Available for Motorcraft® brake pads purchased after 7/1/14 and Omnicraft™ brake pads purchased after 7/1/17. Nontransferable. Replacement requires copy of original repair order and completion of any other necessary brake service, such as brake rotor. Motorcraft or Omnicraft brake pads must be installed by U.S. Ford or Lincoln Dealership or Quick Lane® technicians to be covered. Pads only; labor costs not included. Restrictions and exclusions apply. Omnicraft is a trademark of Ford Motor Company. Offer valid with coupon. See Service Advisor for details.

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  • HAVE YOUR BRAKES INSPECTED. FREE.*

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    *Inspect brake friction material, caliper operation, rotors, drums, hoses and connections. Inspect parking brake for damage and proper operation. See Service Advisor for details. Offer valid with coupon.

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  • MOTORCRAFT® BRAKE PADS INSTALLED, $99.95 OR LESS*

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  1. Marcotte Ford Sales Inc.

    1025 Main Street
    Holyoke, MA 01040

    • Sales: (855) 275-8129
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Marcotte Ford Sales Inc.

1025 Main Street
Directions Holyoke, MA 01040

  • Sales: (855) 275-8129
  • Service: (844) 846-6384
  • Parts: (844) 593-6357

Hours

  • Monday 6:00AM - 7:00PM
  • Tuesday 6:00AM - 7:00PM
  • Wednesday 6:00AM - 7:00PM
  • Thursday 6:00AM - 7:00PM
  • Friday 6:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Saturday 7:30AM - 1:00PM
  • Sunday Closed
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