We’ve reached the height of summer, and for many of us, that means enjoying lazy days and vacations. But even during the fun of the season, it’s important to remember that a little bit of care goes a long way when it comes to our cars. Here at your home for new and used Ford cars in Shelbyville, we wanted to talk about one important piece of vehicle maintenance – the brakes. After all, brakes are a key part of keeping us safe on the road, and some care and attention can help them last longer and do their job better.

One of the most important things you can do for your brakes is get them checked regularly. Many brake problems are much easier and cheaper to fix if they’re detected early, and a check-up at our Ford service center can certainly help with that. But if problems do develop, there are some early warning signs you can be on the lookout for. One of the most common signs of brake trouble is a squealing sound, which typically means your brake pads are worn and in need of replacing. This is an important thing to take care of quickly – by the time the squealing turns into grinding, you’re looking at more expensive repairs. Other indicators of trouble that you should pay attention to are a clicking sound while breaking, a pulsating brake pedal, or a pulling to one side. These could mean issues like your brake pad riding loosely, general wear and tear, or brake fluid leakage.

Early attention is the best way to save your brakes and your money, so don’t let the lazy days of summer keep you from taking care of your car. Visit today for a check-up on the brakes in your used Ford Taurus or 2018 Ford Escape. Louisville area drivers can stay on top of brake maintenance with a visit to our service center at O’Brien Ford of Shelbyville.