Brake pads are a key component in your vehicle's braking system. As the brakes are applied, their contact with the brake rotors is what makes your vehicle stop. Over time this interaction causes brake pads to gradually wear down, reducing your braking ability. We recommend replacing your brake pads after they have worn to less than a quarter of an inch thick, which could also be signaled by a squealing wear indicator embedded in the brake pad. Brake pad wear beyond this period will dramatically increase stopping distance. To replace your brake pads, call 618-457-8411 to schedule an appointment with us at The Auto Shop in Carbondale! Further neglect will lead to severe damage and replacement of brake rotors, as metal components of the brake come in contact. Having your brake pads serviced as soon as they reach minimal thickness, will extend the life of your braking system and prevent the need for costly rotor replacement.
From a safety standpoint, deteriorated brake pads will dramatically increase the distance required for you to stop, possibly causing an accident and endangering your life as well as others. Neglecting brake pad maintenance has no environmental impact.