What to know about the Brake Caliper:
Most cars come with disc brakes in the front, and many models also have disc brakes in the rear. A caliper is part of the disc brake system. On pressing the brake pedal, the brake fluid flows from the master cylinder to the calipers. Brake fluid then applies pressure on the piston inside the caliper, pressing the brake pads against the rotors to slow/stop your car. A car can have either 2 or 4 calipers. If the car has rotors on all four tires, then it will have four calipers. If the car has two rotors and two drums, then it will come with two calipers in front. The calipers can turn out to be contaminated, rusty, and start to leak brake fluid. Brake calipers absorb a lot of heat generated from the braking system. Over time, this heat can destroy or weaken the seals inside the calipers. Caliper servicing is usually done as part of a brake service job.
SEE ALSO:HOW YOUR BRAKE CALIPERS WORK
Facts to Note:
Work on brake calipers would likely include new brake pads because if the calipers have gone bad, it is very likely that the brake pads are worn out.
How to Fix:
Take away and change brake caliper and pads.
Inspect brake rotors.
Inspect brake line hoses.
Replace brake fluid.
Re-check brake system for fluid leaks.
Bleed the brake system.
Torque wheels to factory specifications.
Check brake system performance.
Keep up with the regular brake services as recommended by the manufacturer.
If you drive the car with thin brake pads or rotors, it will ruin the calipers.
Change the brake fluid on a regular basis (approx. every 30,000 miles).
If you observe a clear fluid on the tires or on your driveway and a change in the way the brake pedals feel (softer pedals), it is time to get the brake system inspected.
Common symptoms indicating you may need to change the Brake Caliper:
Abnormal squealing noise from brakes.
When braking, the car will pull hard left or right.
Braking feels soft and spongy (brake pedals are easier to push than usual, going all the way to the floor when stepped on).
Brake fluid is leaking (clear fluid on the driveway or on the wheels).
Importance of this service:
All services connected with proper function of your brakes are essential. Furthermore, ignoring small repairs can quickly lead to more serious problems.