Looking for reliable brake repairs close to home? If so, then you've arrived in a helpful place. Our team here at Watermark Ford of Marion can quickly diagnose and fix whatever may be going on with your brakes, so you can continue moving forward safely.

On this page, you can learn more about the brake repair services we offer drivers like you around Marion, Herrin, and Carbondale, IL. Contact us with any questions you have or to schedule a brake repair appointment today! 

How Do Brakes Work?

When you push down on the brake pedal, the brake fluid moves towards the calipers. The calipers are connected to the wheels and when the fluid reaches them, they squeeze the brake pads. Then, the brake pads push down on the brake rotors. The subsequent friction stops each wheel from spinning, bringing your car to a complete stop.

How Often Should I Inspect My Brake Pads?

Every model has its own recommended maintenance schedule, which can be found in its owner's manual. It lists out different mileage intervals for when to schedule different types of service, including routine maintenance and part replacements. Keeping up with routine brake service can extend the life of your car and help it deliver optimal performance for miles to come.

As a good rule of thumb, you'll want to have your brake pads inspected about every six months to make sure they haven't worn down too much. 

When Should I Schedule Brake Pad Replacements?

Though it varies from model to model, in general, brake pads should be replaced between about every 40,000 and 50,000 miles. However, different factors like driving habits and conditions may impact the condition of your brake pad replacements. 

What Are Signs I Need Brake Repairs?

In addition to following your recommended maintenance schedule, there are a few major signs to watch out for as you go about your daily routine. If your brake light turns on, you'll want to schedule an appointment. On top of that, keep an eye out for:

  • Grinding or squealing noise when braking.
  • Unusual vibrations when braking.
  • Fluid leaking under your car.

If you notice any of these signs, bring your car in as quickly as possible for service. In general, replacing brake pads takes between about 30 minutes and one hour, so you'll be back behind the wheel in no time.

What to Expect at Our Service Center?

At our Quick Lane® tire and auto center, we offer rotating brake service and parts specials, too, so be sure to check back often to view our current deals! Should you ever need it, we also have a collision center and body shop.

If you enjoy doing brake repairs at home, you can easily order high-quality Motorcraft® and Omnicraft™ parts online. 

Where Can I Get Brake Repairs near Me?

Now that you have a better sense of what to expect at our service center, it's time to give your brakes the care they deserve. When you feel ready, contact us at Watermark Ford of Marion to schedule your next service appointment near Marion, Herrin, and Carbondale, IL, today!

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Watermark Ford of Marion

1910 West Coolidge Avenue
Directions Marion, IL 62959

  • Sales: (618) 993-2161
  • Service: (618) 993-2161
  • Parts: (618) 993-2161


  • Monday 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Tuesday 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Thursday 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Friday 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday Closed