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Is it Safe to Drive With a Stuck Caliper?

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The caliper is part of the brake assembly which houses the brake pads and pistons. If you have a stuck caliper, the brake pad will not completely disengage from the surface of the brake rotor. This means you will be driving with the brakes applied slightly all of the time. Driving with a stuck caliper can create stress on the transmission, causing it to fail earlier. There are a lot problems that can accompany a stuck caliper.

Here are some symptoms to look for if you feel that one or more of your brakes has a stuck caliper:

  • A major sign of a stuck caliper is if the vehicle pulls to one side when braking or while driving. While going down the road, it will feel like you have to fight the steering wheel to keep the vehicle in a straight line.

  • Another sign of a stuck caliper is heat coming off the wheels after the vehicle has been driven. If you suspect a stuck caliper, stop the vehicle, put it in park, and turn off the engine. Place your hand near the wheel, without touching it, and see if you can feel heat. If the area near your wheel is excessively hot, you may have a stuck caliper. It is important not to touch the tire rim because the heat can cause severe burns.

  • One cause for a stuck caliper is if the brake pad shims get caught, or debris builds up in between the spaces. If this happens, the pads will not be able to slide in and out correctly, causing the caliper to stick. A mechanic will be able to clean the brake pad shims, or replace the brake pads with new ones if needed.

  • Another cause for a stuck caliper is the brake hose wearing out. If the brake hose wears out, the brake fluid will not be able to return to the master cylinder causing the vehicle to stick. This problem is difficult to spot and needs to be diagnosed by a mechanic. If diagnosed, a brake hose replacement might be required.

  • To keep your calipers in good working condition, and avoid stuck calipers, have your brake pads replaced often and keep your brake fluid topped off. Calipers should last the life of your vehicle if you replace the pads on a regular basis.

Driving with a stuck brake caliper can be difficult because the brake will be slightly depressed at all times.


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Dellano

17 years of experience
418 reviews
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
117 reviews
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

7 years of experience
111 reviews
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

26 years of experience
42 reviews
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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