Everything About Brakes and Brake Repair-Calipers
This is part of our everything about brakes and brake repair blog -Brake calipers are an essential part of your vehicle’s braking system. They are responsible for pressurizing the brake pads against the rotors, which in turn slows down or stops your car. Brake calipers were first invented in England by a man named Frederick William Lanchester. They play a big part in your brakes stopping ability according to google there are over 300,000 crashes per year related to brake failure. Brake calipers work by brake fluid being pressurized and pushing the calipers piston directly onto the brake pad. In turn this creates the friction needed to stop your vehicle.
Over time, brake calipers can become worn out and start to fail. If you notice any of the following signs, it’s time to bring your car in for brake repair or replacement:
– Your brake pedal feels spongy or soft when you press it.
– Your car takes longer to stop than it used to.
– You hear grinding or squealing noises when you brake.
– You see leaking brake fluid under your car.
What causes brake calipers to fail?
One of the main causes of brake calipers failing is the inside seals either seize up causing the caliper to become stuck. Another main cause of brake calipers failing is waiting too long to get your brake repair done. When your brake pads become too thin this can cause your brake pad to slip out of the caliper bracket, this in turn causes the brake caliper piston to pop out of place and the whole system loses pressure. Calipers also have slide pins attached to their mounting bracket which are meant to move with the caliper when brake pressure is applied and allow for movement as the brake pads wear. These caliper pins require regular maintenance such as lubrication and or replacement.
If you’re experiencing any of these problems, don’t wait to get your car checked out. Bring it into a brake shop near you for an inspection and brake repair or replacement as needed.