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Brake Calipers

Brake Caliper Replacement

Brake calipers are a vital part of your vehicle’s braking system and due to wear and tear there are times where brake caliper replacement is needed. The calipers squeeze the brake pads against the surface of the brake rotor to slow or stop the vehicle. When you step on the brake, brake fluid from the master cylinder creates hydraulic pressure on one or more pistons in the brake caliper, forcing the pads against the rotor.

Thankfully replacement is not needed very often. But, when this part of your brake system needs replacing here are some of the warning signs you may notice. If a caliper is sticking, the vehicle could pull to one side when the brakes are applied. If a caliper is completely seized, the constant application can lead to serious damage to the brake rotor and other braking components. It is likely to increase the potential cost of service dramatically.

At Precision Auto Service we typically find brake calipers that need to have their mounting pins lubricated.  The heat created by the brakes along with exposure to water and road debris can bind the calipers and not allow them to slide on their pins as designed.  A simple cleaning and installation of some grease will restore the caliper operation in a large number of instances.  Most shops don’t provide these simple services when they charge you for a brake inspection, but we certainly do. 

From a safety standpoint, faulty brake calipers may dramatically increase the distance required for you to stop, cause the vehicle to pull to one side, or result in loss of control which could result in injury to you and possibly others. Neglecting brake caliper maintenance has no environmental impact.

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