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Brake Caliper Replacement

What does the brake caliper do?

The brake caliper is part of the disc braking system on most vehicles. The role of the brake caliper is to slow the wheels by applying friction to the rotors via the brake pads. The caliper fits over the rotor like a clamp with the brake pads in between.

When the brakes are applied, brake fluid flows through the caliper from the brake master cylinder, pipes and hoses, applying pressure to the brake caliper piston which pushes the brake pads against the rotors. This produce fiction (and heat) which allows for the car to come to a stop.

A car can have either two or four calipers. All modern cars have them on the front wheels, with some vehicles having them on the rear wheels as well (while some cars still have drum brakes on the rear wheels).

 

Causes of a damaged brake caliper:

The braking system generates a lot of heat. This is due to the friction created between braking components. The calipers absorb a lot of this heat, causing the brake caliper seals to eventually harden and crack. This means the

Brake calipers also move on sliders so that as the brake pads wear the brake caliper self adjusts. Sometime the brake caliper sliders can become seized due to rust and corrosion, meaning that the brake disc pads getting jammed against the brake disc rotor constantly. This puts drag on one wheel, and quickly wears out the brake pads, and possibly rotor.

 

Improving brake caliper lifespan:

You can improve the lifespan of your brake calipers by maintaining your braking system correctly. This includes:

  • Replacing brake fluid every two years
  • Keep an eye on your brake pads and rotors. If they become thin or warped, they can damage the brake caliper.
  • Get your vehicle serviced by a mechanic when you are renewing your Warrant of Fitness. This will allow for the mechanics to identify any problems.

 

Symptoms of damaged brake calipers:

  • There are squeaking noises coming from the wheels.
  • The brakes are less responsive.
  • The car is pulling left or right when braking.
  • Brake fluid is leaking from your vehicle (around the wheels).
  • Constant drag on one of your wheels
  • Burning smell coming from one of your wheels

Brake Caliper Repair & Replacement in Hamilton

Having a healthy braking system allows your vehicle to stop when it needs to. This significantly reduces the risk of accidents and collisions.

At Grimmer Motors, we can perform a brake caliper replacement on your vehicle. This will allow for smoother braking and reduced noise from your brakes. For brake caliper replacement in Hamilton, from experienced, trust worthy and qualified mechanics book your appointment with Grimmer Motors today!

 

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