A Brake Caliper Bracket Replacement cost in Frederick in 2024

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THE IMPORTANCE OF A Brake Caliper Bracket Replacement

What is a brake caliper bracket and how does it work?

A brake caliper bracket is a component of a disc brake system in a vehicle. The bracket is designed to suspend the brake pads along the sides of the brake rotor and provide a mounting surface upon which the brake caliper freely rides.

Attached to each wheel is a thick, heavy metal disc called a brake rotor (the “disc” in disc brakes). The rotor spins along with the wheel when your vehicle is moving. Sandwiched around the rotor is a pair of brake pads that grab hold of the rotor when you want to stop. The brake caliper acts as a hydraulic clamping device that presses the suspended pads against the rotor when you press on the brake pedal.

The caliper bracket typically features a set of channels in which the brake pads slide toward and away from the rotor, depending on whether the calipers are applying force or not. The bracket also accepts a pair of lubricated slide pins upon which the caliper itself can travel. The caliper bracket is bolted to the suspension (steering) knuckle.


Signs that my vehicle needs a new brake caliper bracket

Problems with brake system components can lead to some serious safety concerns if not addressed in a timely manner. A bad brake caliper bracket is no exception. And while it might not be considered a “wear item” the way brake pads or rotors are, brake caliper brackets often need replacement. Especially in environments that see a lot of rain, snow, and salt.

The major concerns with a brake caliper bracket are corrosion and lack of lubrication. If corrosion builds up along the surface where the brake pads travel, the pads will be unable to move as they should - or not move at all. And if the caliper pins upon which the caliper travels become seized, the caliper will either stick open or stick shut. The results would lead to the following symptoms of a bad brake caliper bracket:

Your vehicle pulls to one side when braking

Your vehicle pulls to one side while driving but not braking

Your vehicle seems to be dragging

You smell an odd burning odor

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How does a technician perform A Brake Caliper Bracket Replacement ?

Because your brakes sit so close to the ground, the brake calipers and caliper brackets are subject to all sorts of contamination from dirt, dust, snow, and salt. As a result, corrosion can form on the caliper bracket and around the caliper slide pins. The lubricant used for the slide pins can also leak out due to a bad slide pin boot and cause the caliper to seize in the bracket.

In order to replace a caliper bracket, a technician will first need to lift and support your vehicle in the air and remove the wheel and tire. From there, a typical caliper bracket replacement will include the following steps:

  • Remove the caliper slide pins/bolts to dislodge the caliper from the caliper bracket
  • Suspend the caliper to prevent damage to the rubber brake hose connected to it
  • Unbolt the caliper bracket from the suspension knuckle and remove the bracket from around the rotor
  • Insert new slide pin boots into the new caliper bracket
  • Clean or replace the caliper slide pins
  • Lubricate the slide pins with special grease and insert into bracket
  • Install new set of brake pad clips into the bracket
  • Mount the new caliper bracket and torque the bracket mounting bolts
  • Lubricate all brake pad contact points and insert brake pads
  • Install the brake caliper
  • Reinstall the wheel and tire
  • Add fresh brake fluid to the master cylinder reservoir as necessary
  • Once installation is complete, test drive the vehicle to bed in the brake pads and verify the repair

Other Questions Customers Ask

Do brake caliper brackets need to be serviced?
Considering that the brake system is arguably the most important safety feature of a vehicle, and the brake calipers are essential components of a disc brake system, it is important to make sure that the calipers and brackets are maintained on a regular basis. While brake pads need to be changed every 30K-70K miles, depending on driving conditions and your vehicle make and model, the brake calipers should be serviced more frequently, generally every two years or 24K miles, and the system should be inspected every six months.
Can I drive with a bad caliper?
No. If you drive with a failing brake caliper, not only will your brake pads and rotors wear unevenly, but the effectiveness of your braking system will be impaired. A bad caliper tends to be one where the caliper either sticks open or closed, causing your brakes to drag, your steering to pull to one side, or your vehicle to fail to stop.
What happens if a brake caliper fails?
Your brake caliper is likely to fail in one of three ways. It could seize open and fail to engage the brake pads against the rotor. It could stick shut and fail to free the rotor when you release the brake pedal. Or it could leak, causing a spongy brake pedal and failing to stop your vehicle. Each of these cases is bad for braking and should be addressed as soon as possible.

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