As you push down on your brake pedal, hydraulic pressure is created by the brake master cylinder and sent to the wheel cylinder, at which point the pressure will cause the brake calipers to clamp and allow the brake pads to make contact with the rotors.
Signs of a bad brake caliper
- Grinding noise when braking
- Reduced braking power
- Brakes feel spongy
- Vehicle pulls to one side
- Brakes feel like they are engaged when they are not
- Brake fluid leak
Brake caliper maintenance
If you notice any of the above signs, get your brakes inspected by a car care professional as soon as you can – failing brake calipers pose a significant safety risk. If the issues stem from a fluid leak, it is likely that whatever component is leaking that fluid will have to be replaced. Bad calipers will almost always be replaced as opposed to repaired. When replacing brake calipers, the shop will likely replace them in pairs – also replacing the corresponding brake caliper on the other side. Even if the other brake caliper seems okay, if one has gone bad, there is a high chance that the other one will go bad soon.
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