When Do My Brake Calipers Need to Be Replaced?

Depending on the model of your car, you will have disc brakes installed in the front of your vehicle and possibly in the back of your vehicle, as well. When you press down on the brake pedal, brake fluid is pushed through the master cylinder to your brake calipers. The brake fluid uses hydraulic pressure to press the piston inside the caliper, which will in turn press your brake pads against the rotors, slowing down or stopping your vehicle. 

Over time, brake calipers can become rusty and contaminated, and begin to leak brake fluid - a vital part of your brake system. This is because the brake calipers actually absorb a ton of heat generated from the brake system, which can cause the seals inside the calipers to wear down. So, when do your brake calipers need to be replaced? Typically, it is recommended that they are replaced during a major brake service. However, your vehicle's owner's manual will also provide a recommendation for how often this service should be performed. 

If your brake calipers are worn down, chances are your brake pads are, too. The following symptoms are indications that you may be due for a brake caliper replacement or major brake service: 

  • Squealing noise coming from brakes
  • Car pulls to one side when braking
  • Brake pedal feels soft and spongy
  • Leaking brake fluid is leaking

When you notice any of the symptoms listed above, bring your vehice into the experts here at New Concept Auto Service for a brake inspection. We will check if your pads or calipers need to be replaced and ensure that you don't get stuck on the road with a maulfunctioning brake system. Make an appointment online or call us today! 

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