The brake caliper houses your car’s brake pads and pistons. Its job is to slow the car’s wheels by creating friction with the brake rotors. The brake caliper fits like a clamp on a wheel’s rotor to stop the wheel from turning when you step on the brakes.
What happens when a brake caliper goes bad?If let go for too long, the brakes could lock up completely and prevent that wheel from turning. Uneven brake pad wear. If a caliper is bad, chances are that the brake pads will wear unevenly. If you notice that the brake pads have worn thinner on one side of the vehicle than the other, the caliper is likely at fault.
How are Brake Calipers Connected to the rest of the Braking System?
The caliper assembly generally lives inside the wheel and is connected to the master cylinder through tubes, hoses, and valves that conduct brake fluid through the system. We could go on about brake calipers for days on end, but we’ll show some restraint. Here’s what you really need to know: your brake calipers are very important.
When to Replace Brake Calipers?
Over time in normal driving conditions, the heat generated from the braking system can weaken and break down seals inside the calipers.
They can become rusty, contaminated or dirty, and start to leak brake fluid if you don’t drive regularly.
However, you should have your brakes checked immediately if you experience any of the following:
Your brakes are continuously squeaking, squealing or grinding
Your brake or antilock braking system (ABS) warning light comes on
Your car jerks or pulls to one side when braking
You need to pump your brakes for them to work properly
Your brake pedal feels unusually soft and spongy or hard
You notice brake fluid leaks around the wheels or engine compartment
Post time: Jul-14-2021