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Question: What are the signs that I need a brake job?

Posted on August 29,14 by admin

Gillette Automotive Service Inc. Answer:
Signs of brake problems often fall into one of two categories for DeSoto motorists: making noise or a pulsation in the brake pedal. Let’s start with the noise.

Most brake pads have an audible brake wear indicator. This is a small piece of metal that rubs on your brake rotor when the brake pads are worn to the point they should be replaced. The noise is a chirp or soft squeal. This noise gives DeSoto auto owners enough critical warning to get their brakes serviced while there is still enough brake pad left to enable you to stop safely.

DeSoto auto owners who ignore the chirp commonly find that the sound changes to a grinding noise. That is more serious. It means that the friction material on your brake pad is worn away and metal parts of the brake are grinding against the rotor when you press on the brakes. Obviously, this detrimental metal-on-metal means that your brakes aren’t stopping very well. It also means that your rotor is being damaged. It may need to be resurfaced or even replaced.

Pedal pulsation is another noticeable issue. When your rotor is not in perfect alignment, it pushes against the brake pads unevenly as you apply the brakes. There could be a number of reasons for this. The rotor and wheel hub may not be mating well, causing the rotor to be spinning out of vertical alignment. This detrimental misalignment can be caused by either the rotor or the hub, or a combination of the two. If this issue persists, the rotor may even start to wear unevenly to the point that its thickness varies, causing an even more noticeable pulsation. This uneven mating of the brake pad and the rotor when braking means less contact and it will diminish braking power.

Your service center or the team at Gillette Automotive Service Inc. in DeSoto can determine the cause of the dangerous misalignment and remedy the trouble.

Either unusual brake noise or pedal pulsation are signs for DeSoto auto owners that there are brake problems. DeSoto drivers should have a tech at Gillette Automotive Service Inc. inspect their brakes thoroughly and recommend any important steps necessary to correct the trouble.

A regular brake inspection is on every minivan’s recommended list. Ask your friendly Gillette Automotive Service Inc. service advisor if it’s time for a critical brake inspection.

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Gillette Automotive Service Inc.
1321 East Parkerville Road
DeSoto, TX 75115


At Gillette Automotive Service Inc. in DeSoto TX (75115) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 972.230.1359. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit

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Gillette Automotive Inc.

1321 E Parkerville Road

DeSoto, TX 75115

Phone: 972.230.1359

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