How Long Do Brake Calipers Last? | YourMechanic Advice

How Long Do Brake Calipers Last?

Calipers are an essential part of the braking system of any vehicle. The calipers press the brake pads against the surface of the rotor to slow or stop the vehicle. The two types of calipers, fixed and floating, are different only in how they are attached.

Fixed calipers are attached firmly to the steering knuckle and spindle. They provide a more evenly distributed braking experience, leading to a smoother feel for the vehicle operator. As they are more expensive but don’t provide a significant operational benefit, they are only used on high-end cars.

Floating calipers sit within caliper brackets, but aren’t fixed into the brackets. Floating calipers are cheaper, lighter, and use fewer parts than fixed calipers. Because there are fewer parts, the floating calipers are less likely to fail prematurely.

Problems with brake calipers

The calipers themselves can last for the entire life of the car if taken care of properly. While the rotors and pads of a brake system will have normal wear from use, and need to be changed with some regularity, the calipers do not unless there is a mechanical problem with them. Most problems that arise with a brake caliper are a result of inactivity and debris:

  • Inactivity: If a vehicle sits for an extended period of time, the caliper may stick.

  • If the vehicle is exposed to the elements, debris may collect in the braking system.

If the brakes seem to pull on one side, or the brake does not release completely when you take your foot off of the brake pedal, the brake calipers should be inspected or replaced by a licensed mechanic. Problems with the brake calipers will affect the rest of the braking system, causing brake pads to drag or corrode.


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Dellano

17 years of experience
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Dellano
17 years of experience
Ford Mustang - Brake Caliper Replacement (Driver Side Rear) - Laurel, Maryland
Dellano does great work, and got it done in a timely fashion. Would certainly have him work on my car again.

Pierre

8 years of experience
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Pierre
8 years of experience
Toyota Venza - Brake Caliper Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Stoughton, Massachusetts
Arrived earlier than scheduled and completed all the work required. His demeanor and knowledge was great and I am very happy with the work!

Edgar

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Edgar
7 years of experience
Ford Escape - Brake Caliper Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Austin, Texas
Edgar was excellent!! He was available early, offered to start early, which was great. He test drove my vehicle, didn't blindly R/R parts, which is very important to me. He did the job correctly (replacing a brake caliper) and I'm very pleased with his work. Thank you!!

Rafael

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Rafael
26 years of experience
Mazda 6 - Brake Caliper Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Rodeo, California
He was amazing! Was even able to do additional work that was needed for my brakes in the same day. great work! would highly recommend.

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