Brake caliper replacement is just part of owning a car. It is bound to happen if you use your brakes, but it also depends on your driving style. Some people lightly press the brake pedal, while others ride it. The latter have to conduct a brake caliper replacement more often, however, a replacement needs to be done between 125,000 to 175,000 miles on average.
What is the Brake Caliper
The brake caliper is a component of the braking system. It is used to squeeze the brake pads onto the rotor, thus slowing down your vehicle. The brake caliper connects to the master cylinder, which supplies hydraulic pressure to the calipers. This hydraulic pressure is what allows the calipers to squeeze the brake pads on to the rotor. Slowing down your rotor slows down your wheels, which slows down your vehicle.
What to Look Out For
- Car braking/moving to one side – this happens because the brake caliper is failing or stuck onto one tire.
- Strong odor – because of the failing brake caliper stuck on one wheel, there will be a noticeable smell because of the friction.
- The brake pedal is softer – this is happening because of a leak from the brake caliper. This leak will cause the brake pedal to be depressed easier than usual.
If you experience any of the above, you have to schedule an appointment with the European Service Center immediately. Driving around with a failed or failing brake caliper is very dangerous. Our ASE certified service mechanics have the tools to inspect, diagnose and conduct a brake caliper replacement and have you on your way in no time.