What is the recommended mileage for brakes to be replaced on a 2005 Escape?
When they wear out. There is no recommended mileage for brake replacement, like there is for timing belts, fluid changes, etc. This is because grandma driving slowly down the street, lightly touching the brakes to slow and stop might go 100k miles before her brakes wear out, and her grandson driving the exact same vehicle and pounding on the brakes to stop quickly for traffic, stop signs, etc. may get 18k miles on his brakes. So, the brakes have to be checked for wear occasionally to determine when brake replacement is needed. You must be careful though, as some repair shops will tell you to replace the brakes when you could drive the car for another year w/out worrying about the brakes. Vehicles are equipped with 'wear indicators.' which will make a lot of noise when the brakes pad linings wear down. The wear indicator makes contact with the brake rotor when this happens. This is the signal that you will soon need to replace the brake pads. You can actually still drive the car safely for some time after this, but the noise is annoying! When you do have the brakes replaced, make sure the shop bleeds the brake lines thoroughly to flush them out, and replace the fluid. This is overlooked by many people, and can lead to problems later (brake fluid absorbs moisture, which will corrode components (calipers, brake cylinders) and cause them to fail. So, if you don't hear anything, don't worry about the brakes. If you are still concerned, have a shop that you trust inspect the pads for wear. If you don't know of a reputable shop, ask friends and family who they would trust. Good luck!
Mar 18, 2010 |
2005 Ford Escape