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What Are Brake Calipers?

There’s more to your brakes than the brake pads and rotors. A caliper is an important piece of a disc brake system. This braking system relies on hydraulic pressure to function. The calipers are situated on every wheel and have the role of squeezing the brake pads against the rotors to slow down your vehicle’s wheels. Read on to understand more about what calipers do, the symptoms of bad brake calipers, and how often you should replace them.


Calipers work like any other clamp. When you step on the brake pedal, pressure is created to increase friction and stop your car. Just like any other car part, calipers can fail over time. You should especially pay attention to the calipers because their failure can cause catastrophic accidents. Read on to learn more about the warning signs of bad brake calipers.

  • Car Pulling to One Side - The caliper has pistons that move as a result of the hydraulic pressure. If the pistons don’t work anymore, due to corrosion or debris buildup, the vehicle will pull toward or against the caliper. 
  • Brake Fluid Leak - A typical sign of bad calipers is leaking brake fluid. With constant exposure to heat generated by your brakes, the seals can break. It can leak from the calipers in some cases.
  • Strange Brake Noises or Smells - A lousy caliper can sometimes make noise or remit strange burning smells.
  • Poor Brake Performance - When your calipers have gone bad, you may notice your car takes longer than normal to slow down or stop your car. If you notice any changes in your brake’s behavior, it is time to see a technician.
  • Brake Warning Light Illuminated - If a damaged or worn caliper is causing you to lose fluid, it can trigger the engine control module. When your brake light comes on, please do not hesitate to turn to Foreign Auto Services Inc.

The vehicle’s braking system can be complex as it comprises many parts. If you suspect your brake calipers are a problem, please bring your car to the experts at Foreign Auto Services Inc. Your safety is our number one priority.

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