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Why Brake Caliper Servicing is Important for Your Car

Car Brake Caliper

Your car’s brakes are one of the most critical components in your entire car, as they are a direct line of safety and accident prevention. When anti-lock brakes were invented, they enhanced vehicle safety significantly, making it easier to stop the vehicle on various types of surfaces and preventing all types of collisions, especially rear-end collisions. Brakes are important to maintain, but it’s first it’s important to have a good understanding of how they work.

One of the elemental parts in your brake system are the calipers. The calipers serve an important role, one without which your car wouldn’t be able to stop at all. Calipers need to be maintained and attended to over time, so it’s important to have a basic understanding of how they work and when they might need attention. In this article we’ll go over why the brake calipers are important, what they do, and how you can keep them in good shape over the life of your car.

What parts are included in the brake system?

First, let’s talk in basic terms about the brake system as a whole; as each of these parts functions cooperatively in order to produce the desired effect of stopping the car. Therefore, it is essential to attend to each of the following parts in brake maintenance to ensure the entire system is working effectively:

  • Brake discs or rotors
  • Calipers
  • Brake pads
  • Brake fluid
  • Brake lines

Each of these components are critical to the overall functioning of the braking system. The calipers require these various parts to be in good condition in order for them to be able to perform well, so staying on top of brake services is essential.

What are brake calipers and what is their purpose?

Brake calipers are made up of brake pads and pistons, and when the brake pedal is applied, they squeeze against the brake disc which stops the wheel from turning. Brake calipers can become worn out over time, especially if the brake pads aren’t properly maintained. Brake wear happens in stages usually, beginning with the brake pads; however, occasionally damage will occur to one of the parts separately, often leading to replacements. Brake caliper wear can produce a few symptoms you should be on the lookout for.

How to know when your brake calipers need servicing

One of the best ways to ensure your brake calipers receive servicing at the proper intervals is to adhere to your manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedule, which certainly includes thorough brake maintenance. However, due to individual driving habits and conditions, sometimes brake components need to be attended to and replaced sooner or later than recommended. It’s important to consult an automotive professional to determine what the proper course of action is for your own brake calipers and general brake system. You should also be aware of any concerning symptoms directly related to caliper functioning. Here are a few of the symptoms you should be on the lookout for

  • Calipers appear rusted or corroded
  • If you notice brake fluid leaks
  • Calipers appear especially dirty

Concerning symptoms of general brake functioning

Car on Road Being aware of how your brakes are performing on a regular basis is helpful in the diagnostic process should anything go wrong, as your automotive specialist will first want to attempt to re-create the symptoms you explain to them. Furthermore, it’s critical not to wait to attend to brake issues, as they directly affect your safety while driving. Here’s what else you should be looking for when experiencing brake caliper issues:

  • ABS (anti-lock brake system) light illuminates in dashboard
  • Concerning noises like squeaks, grinding, or squealing when applying the brakes or driving normally
  • Brake fluid leaks
  • Changes in the feel of the brake pedal
  • Alignment issues while braking

Here at Pro Car Mechanics, we take every procedure we perform very seriously; however, brake maintenance and repair is perhaps one of the most critical services we perform. The residents of Gardena, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Glendale, and Anaheim, CA, have been bringing their European import vehicles, such as Audi, Mercedes, MINI, Land Rovers, and BMWs to us for years because we are meticulous in the services we provide. If you’ve recently experienced concerning symptoms related to your brake performance or functioning, please don’t hesitate to bring your car in for an inspection – your safety is always our first priority.

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