Brake Calipers

A worn-out or malfunctioning brake caliper can present a serious safety hazard. If you need a replacement, we'll get you back on the road at an affordable price. A brake caliper is a simple yet very important component of your disc braking system. Essentially, it's the part that squeezes your brake pads against the surface of the rotor, creating friction that slows your car down. Your brakes may use floating calipers that move with the wheels, or fixed calipers that stay where they are. In either case, worn-out calipers can be a real danger to your ability to stop safely. Fortunately, they're usually very sturdy and in most cases only need to be replaced every seven to ten years. However, heavy braking and minor accidents may put additional wear and tear on your calipers, meaning they need to be replaced sooner. Looking for high-quality brake calipers we can help.

Brake calipers are essential to your car's ability to stop and are arguably one of the most important automobile brake parts. Most cars today have disc brakes, at least for the front wheels, anyway. But a lot of cars and trucks are now using disc brakes in the rear, too. In a disc-braking system the car's wheels are attached to metal discs, or rotors, that spin along with the wheels. The job of the caliper is to slow the car's wheels by creating friction with the rotors.The brake caliper fits over the rotor like a clamp. Inside each caliper is Brake calipers are a vital part of your vehicle's braking system. Brake calipers squeeze the brake pads against the surface of the brake rotor to slow or stop the vehicle. a pair of metal plates bonded with friction material -- these are called brake pads. The outboard brake pads are on the outside of the rotors (toward the curb) and the inboard brake pads on the inside (toward 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. The brake pads have high-friction surfaces and serve to slow the rotor down or even bring it to a complete halt. When the rotor slows or stops, so does the wheel, because they're attached to one another.Older cars and trucks used drum brakes, where the motion of the wheels is slowed by friction between a rotating drum and brake shoes mounted inside the drum. This friction caused heat and gases to build up inside the drum, which often resulted in a loss of braking power known as brake fade. Because the brake pads in disc brake systems are external to the disc rather than contained within a drum, they are more easily ventilated, and heat doesn't tend to build up quite as fast. For this reason, drum brakes have been largely replaced in modern vehicles by disc brakes; however, some less expensive cars still use drum brakes for the rear wheels, where less stopping power is required. There are two main types of calipers: floating (or sliding) calipers and fixed calipers. Floating calipers move in and out relative to the rotor and have one or two pistons only on the inboard side of the rotor. This piston pushes the entire caliper when the brakes are applied, creating friction from the brake pads on both sides of the rotor. Fixed calipers, as the name implies, don't move, but rather have pistons arranged on opposing sides of the rotor. Fixed calipers are generally preferred for their performance but are more expensive than the floating kind. Some high-performance fixed calipers have two or more pairs of pistons (or "pots") arranged on each side of the rotor -- some have as many as six pairs total. Special tools are useful when working with brake calipers, especially when replacing the brake pads. We'll talk about that in the next section, and then discuss the different types of brake calipers available for different types of vehicles.

Generally, you don't replace calipers in pairs, only replace the damaged side. With you may still not need to replace the caliper to solve your problem depending on the design. There may be a kit that comes with new sleeves, o-rings, and grease.

One of the most common symptoms of a bad or failing caliper is brake fluid leakage. The calipers operate using brake fluid pressure from the master cylinder and pedal to extend the piston and slow the vehicle. A rubber seal and boot are what keeps the fluid from leaking out.

You'll drive safer and head off more expensive damage.

  • Brake Light On.
  • Squealing, Squeaking or Grinding Noises.
  • Wobbling, Vibration or Scraping When Braking.
  • Leaking Fluid.
  • Spongy or Soft Brake Pedal.
  • Car Pulling to One Side When Braking.
  • Burning Smell While Driving.
  • Bouncing Up and Down When You Stop Short.

If you have a stuck caliper, the brake pad will not completely disengage from the surface of the brake disc. This means you will be driving with the brakes applied slightly all the time. A major sign of a stuck caliper is if the vehicle pulls to one side when braking or while driving.

In extreme cases, a contaminated air filter can turn on the check engine light. An extremely dirty air filter restricts engine air intake. Engine misfire. A misfire results from incomplete combustion inside the engine. A contaminated air filter can restrict engine airflow, resulting in a rich air and fuel mixture.

Sometimes, the worst part of getting your car fixed is having to bring it to the garage. We are therefore happy to offer our customers a free collection and delivery service If you prearrange a collection, we will pick your car up from your home or place of work and drive it to our premises, carry out all the necessary work (having consulted you) and deliver it back to you at the end of the day.

We are able to tow, jump start or repair your vehicle if you are experiencing problems or broken down for a small fee. If we can't sadly start your vehicle, we can contact a local recovery firm to collect your vehicle for a very competitive price.

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  • You don't have the time to take your car in for a service or repairs?
  • Have you got problems with getting to and from the garage?

Here at Many Autos, we believe that we offer a valuable product with our Free Collection and Delivery Service, we can collect either from your place of work or from your home address. If you are unsure about whether the address you are considering having your vehicle collected from is not within our range, then please do contact us.

Many Autos operate a fleet of pool cars with a dedicated driver, so wherever we are collecting from, we need to be able to leave one of our pool vehicles either in your work car park / parking space, or if in a residential area, we would need to be able to leave our car either at your house or on the road with a permit if required. We would be grateful if you could bear this in mind when booking to use our free Collection and delivery service