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Why Brake Caliper Replacements Can Be Tricky
Changing a brake caliper in the front or rear of a car can pose some challenges, as the proper tools and equipment are essential to perform the job.
How to Change a Brake Caliper
Car brake calipers last longer with regular brake bleeding. Replacing brake calipers is essential for keeping your brake pads working well.

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How safe is it to drive with a torn caliper boot?
Hello, thanks for writing in to YourMechanic. If the caliper boot is torn open then you will get dirt, debris, water, and road salts in the caliper piston surface. The caliper may seize or tear the caliper piston seal causing...
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Will bad brake calipers cause excessive vibrating in steering wheel while driving?
This may very well be caused by the uneven wear on the front tires. When uneven tread is subjected to various road conditions or braking power, this will definitely cause a vibrating or shaking feeling. This may also be caused...
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Boat trailer brake caliper stuck
The caliper piston most likely is seized inside the caliper housing from corroded piston or piston bore. You may need to unbolt the caliper and either knock it off of the rotor or remove rotor and caliper together and replace...
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Brake piston compressed rather than turning
The rear calipers on this vehicle incorporate the parking brake system. The parking brake system uses a rotating screw inside the caliper that will push the caliper piston out when parking brake lever is rotated on the caliper. When the...
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Caliper replacement causing uneven pad wear
When it comes to working on brakes you will not find a mechanic out there that will only do a partial job when it comes to brakes and your safety. The slides for the calipers will get seized inside the...
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Brake fluid on the inside of my tire
Hey there. Leaking brake fluid onto the back of the tire on this vehicle is going to be only a couple different things. The brake caliper piston seals [https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/brake-caliper-replacement] or the flexible brake line connection or hose is leaking. This...
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Stuck brake caliper
Although it is possible for a collapsed (internally and thus "invisible") rubber brake line to cause a retraction failure, by far the most common scenario is the caliper is sticking. If the calipers have more than, say, 70,000 miles on...
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Brake Caliper sticking?
The excessive heat may suggest that you may have a caliper sticking or otherwise not releasing from the rotor when letting off the of the brake pedal. When this happens, as you know this creates an intense amount of heat...
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partially engaged brakes
You will need to jack up the front wheels and see if the tires will turn freely. If both front wheels are binding then you should try to loosen the brake lines that connect to the master cylinder to see...
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Broken Calliper Pin Bolt
Hello, thank you for writing in. The caliper mounting bolt is not necessarily a "specific bolt". You can use another bolt if you have one. There are a few things you want to keep in mind. The first is that...
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The brakes are spongy while the car is running but the pedal is normal when it's off
The brake pedal becoming hard to push while the engine is off is a sure sign of a normal brake booster and one way check valve. Make sure there is no air in the brake system. It sounds like you...
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Brake calipers needing replacement after brake pads and rotors were replaced?
I think you have it backwards. The pads and rotors do not cause bad calipers, but a sticking or binding caliper can cause the pads to wear excessively and cause the pads to dig into the rotors. The calipers may...
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How do I take off the caliper when installing front brake pads?
Hello, thanks for writing in. Here are some steps to remove your brake calipers: Jack up your XKR, after securing it, remove tire exposing the brakes and rotor. Remove tension spring holding the calipers in the front using...
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Why do I have to replace my brakes every year or every other year?
This is definitely a very short distance for brake replacement and should be looked at by a mechanic. Your brakes should last at least 25,000 to 40,000 miles depending on the driving habits and conditions the car is subjected to....
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Loud squeaky noise and bad wobbles
A squeaking noise from brake pads, right after installation, is sometimes due to a high metallic content in a low cost aftermarket pad. The safest thing always is to use OEM specified brake pads, on OEM rotors, because the vehicle...
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My front brake calipers are sticking and not releasing
Lift up the front wheels to where they are off the ground. Remove the wheels and tires from the vehicle on the front. Remove the slider bolts one at a time and clean them. Apply Never Seize to the sliding...
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My brakes lock up once the car is warmed up
The brakes may not be releasing all the pressure if they are partly engaged after using them. This can be caused by a few different problems. Besides the brake calipers sticking or the brake hoses blocking pressure, you may have...
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I changed the brake pads recently, there is now a knocking sound when applying the brakes
You are hearing the brake pads moving up and back in the caliper bracket. This is caused by the front rotors being warped, and it is also possible that the pads' anti-rattle clips were not installed correctly. The rotors should...
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My right front wheel is not breaking
Hi there. It sounds like you have a collapsed hose. This will prevent fluid from getting to or from the caliper and can create real problems. Loosen the line at the caliper and see if brake fluid comes out when...
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My vehicle started making this noise yesterday when I stop or start to go.
An "obvious" noise such as the one you are describing will, more than likely, be readily sourced to the failing component if you have a certified mechanic diagnose it. The service to request is a suspension/drive train noise diagnostic during...

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