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Ford Transit - frequency of brake pad replacement

Essential for the vehicle’s braking system, brake pads halt the vehicle using friction. Each pad comprises a friction material coated metal plate that slows or stops the vehicle when contacting the brake disc. Due to their crucial role, Ford Transit brake pads gradually wear out, a natural consequence of their operation.

It is essential to replace pads regularly because worn pads significantly increase the stopping distance, potentially leading to a complete loss of braking efficiency in severe cases. Monitoring the condition of these components and replacing them according to the manufacturer’s guidelines or after surpassing a specified mileage is essential for maintaining the vehicle’s technical condition and ensuring road safety for all users.

How frequently should Ford Transit brake pads be replaced?

It is generally accepted that the brake pads of a Ford Transit should be replaced once the lining thickness falls below 3mm. This necessity can vary greatly based on driving habits or the average weight of carried loads. The replacement intervals for Ford Transit brake pads are set by the brake pad manufacturers we use. Typically, genuine Ford parts last the longest, although many aftermarket parts manufacturers can offer comparable quality. What does this look like in real life?

Recommended brake pad replacement in Transit

  • Initial replacement after vehicle purchase - around 40,000 km
  • Genuine brake pads - approximately 50-60 thousand km
  • Premium replacements - around 40-50 thousand km
  • Basic replacements - around 30-40 thousand km
  • Low-quality replacements (no-name) - replace as soon as possible and never reinstall them in your vehicle!

Worn brake pads in Ford Transit - indicators

  • Loud, metallic squeaking during braking - often due to reaching the minimum thickness of the brake pads, resulting in wear indicator contact with the brake disc.
  • Decreased braking effectiveness - the feeling that brakes are less responsive or that the vehicle requires a longer distance to come to a stop than usual.
  • Uneven wear of brake pads - could suggest issues with the brake caliper or suspension, important to check in heavily loaded vehicles like the Ford Transit.
  • Vibrations or pulsations in the brake pedal - may suggest that the brake pads are worn unevenly or that the brake discs are damaged.
  • Increased resistance during braking - particularly noticeable in heavy commercial vehicles, could signal the need to inspect the condition of the brake pads.

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