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.

Your vehicle's brakes

When you press your brake pedal, a complex system goes into motion to help keep you and your passengers safe. That's why it's so important to have highly skilled technicians service your brakes. At Marcotte Ford, we have the right parts, tools and certified‐trained technicians to take care of your every need.

Brakes Offers


*Per-axle price on pads or shoes on most vehicles. Exclusions apply. Taxes extra. Motorcraft® is a registered trademark of Ford Motor Company. See Service Advisor for details. Offer valid with coupon. Expires 3/31/21.


*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. Expires 12/31/21.


*Per-axle price on most vehicles. Exclusions apply. Taxes extra. Motorcraft® is a registered trademark of Ford Motor Company. See Service Advisor for details. Expires 3/31/21.


*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 service. Motorcraft or Omnicraft brake pads must be installed by U.S. Ford or Lincoln Dealership or Quick Lane® technician to be covered. Pads only; labor costs not included. Commercial delivery vehicles, taxi, limousine, postal, police, tow trucks, racing and emergency vehicles are excluded. Restrictions and exclusions apply. See Service Advisor for details. Motorcraft® is a registered trademark of Ford Motor Company. Omnicraft™ is a trademark of Ford Motor Company. Offer valid with coupon. See participating U.S. dealership for vehicle applications, offer details and claim form through 12/31/21.

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! 

Why should I choose Marcotte Ford for brake repair?

Our factory‐trained technicians offer a comprehensive brake inspection including:

  • Checking for even wear and measuring brake pad/shoe thickness
  • Ensuring brake lines and master and wheel cylinders aren't leaking
  • Checking rotors for hot spots and run‐outs
  • Inspecting calipers for wear, fluid leaks and movement
  • Checking anti‐lock brake sensors
  • Testing hardware and making necessary adjustments
  • Checking brake fluid condition and levels

Other benefits of Marcotte Ford brake services include:

  • Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts
  • Full‐service maintenance and repair facility
  • Parts and labor warranties
  • Clean, comfortable waiting areas with free Wi‐Fi
  • Shuttle service to and from your home
  • Friendly and knowledgeable staff

The Ford Service Credit Card

The Ford Service Credit Card is a financing option that lets you pay for all service maintenance and repairs, including Brakes at Marcotte Ford and other Ford Dealers across the U.S. It only takes a few minutes to apply and receive the decision.

Upon credit approval, you'll be provided with a credit line to assist you with all instore purchases, including:

  • Ford Motorcraft® batteries
  • Parts
  • Accessories
  • Tires
  • Extended service plans
  • Rental vehicle
  • Body shop repairs/deductions
  • And more

The Ford Service Credit Card

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