One of the most forgotten Brake components is caliper. Since every person driving the vehicle is not an expert and ignore the brake caliper service. Did you know that as per the recommendations of expert, it is necessary to service brake caliper after every two years or 40,000 Kms? Brake Caliper servicing is not a  typical brake service but is somewhat different from it.

What are Brake calipers,  and why they are important?

Brake calipers house the brake pads and, using brackets, pistons, and calipers side pins when help push the pads into the brake rotors when you apply the brake.

With the passage of time, the side pins that referred above use their lubrication and don’t slide the calipers well. With lack of lubrication, the following things start to happen;

  • That Brake’s don’t contact the rotor correctly; brake pads wear unevenly.
  • The side pin can get stuck. This causes the brake pad to continually contact the rotor and leading to heat buildup, resulting in faster wear and tear of brake pads
  • Brake stopping power of your vehicle may become weak due to the brake pads not hitting the full surface of the brake rotor.

All this results that we are not fully getting used to the brake pads and it is just like burning or throwing dollars away.

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How Brake Caliper service is undertaken

Before servicing the Brake caliper, the pressure in the anti-lock brake accumulator should be released by pumping the brake pedal till it gets hard or as specified in the service manual. After this bleeder screw should be loosened to allow old fluid to be flushed out of caliper bore. Any clogged bleeder screw must be removed for cleaning or replacement. It is cheaper to replacer sized caliper screw.

After reliving the caliper of the pressure, sized pistons be removed with caution by easing the piston from the bore by gently applying air pressure to the brake hose port while backing out the C-clamp screw.  Since piston surface seals the brake caliper, if the piston is pitted or scored, it is better to replace it.  Once the piston is installed, remove the caliper guide pins and lubricate them with caliper grease and apply thread-locking compound when the caliper bracket bolts are installed. It is better to always install new caliper hardware on the caliper bracket to prevent pad rattle and dampen pad squeal.

When the caliper is correctly serviced slide it smoothly on its guide pin or guide surfaces and should allow the rotor to turn freely when the brake pedal pressure is released. In case of caliper won’t release, the interior rubber of the brake hose might be peeling and blocking the fluid return to the master cylinder reservoir. Any misadjustment in master cylinder push rod or brake pedal height may be correctly adjusted, which is preventing master cylinder from releasing the fluid pressure from the caliper.

It is wise to visit the expert like Sterling clutch and Brake Auckland to get the assessment of your vehicles brakes calipers and get brake caliper replacement service in Auckland as per the recommendations of the manufacturer of the vehicle. You can also get clutch repair service in Hamilton and Brake pads replacement service in Wellington or call @ 09 636 4919. You can also contact us at http://Sterlingbrake.co.nz.

Mastering the clutch control of your call is a real challenge. Some of the learners can be able to grasp it right away, but for some, it is an uphill task and they keep on struggling to keep the car from stalling whenever they stop the car or just pull away.

Mastering the clutch control is not a very difficult job and in the end, everybody is able to master it but only after when one has a clear knowledge of how the clutch works?

 In a layman’s language, a clutch is two metal plates which are separated when the clutch pedal is depressed by the driver of the car. When the plates are separated upon depression of clutch pedal, the engine is separated from the wheels, preventing the power from the engine passing to wheels of your car.

As your car’s engine is always running, power is passed on to the wheels from the engine when the car is in gear. In the event of you forgetting to depress the clutch when you are stopping the car, the power from the engine is being transferred to the stationary wheel from the engine and thus resulting in the car stalls. In the same way, if you try to pull your car away without getting your clutch control in right manner, due to lack of enough power from the engine your call will stall.

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More the clutch pedal is released more the plates in the engine are allowed touch. At a “biting point” the plates touch and start to transfer power from the engine to the wheel. When the clutch pedal is fully released plates will lock together and allows easy transfer of power.

You can drive smoothly if you think the clutch pedal as a sort of valve to allow power through or shut off.

 Art of mastering the clutch control:

When once you have mastered the clutch control, you can control your car on the low speeds, and do the maneuvers of reversing the car with ease. All the clutch control can be learned in one lesson with co-driver and your practice will make you perfect on clutch control very soon. The first and the foremost thing of getting grips with clutch control is your understanding of car “bite” point, the point of engine transferring power to wheels. To have a complete mastery on the clutch – just follow these steps:

  1. Always find a safe place which is smooth and flat for practicing the clutch control.
  2. Ensure that the car is properly set for you. If there is no surety about the car is fully set for you to drive, check out the driving manual supplied by the manufacturer.
  3. Get your seat belt on, turn on the engine and release the handbrake.
  4. Depress the clutch all the way and put the car into the first gear.
  5. Give the accelerator a gentle nudge, aiming to get the rev counter to somewhere around 1500 rpm.
  6. See in the front and if everything is clear ahead and it is safe to move, very slowly raise the clutch.
  7. Eventually, the clutch plates will begin to touch and the car will slowly move forward. On reaching the bite point repeat the step 4 to 7 until you are comfortable with the position of the bite point.

When you get the hang of bite point, next step to learn how to slip the clutch. Clutch slipping is also an essential point to learn like maneuvers of reverse parking or three-point turns. But the best point is that clutch slipping is not a difficult task to understand like changing gears.

For practice, all you need is to use the bite point knowledge and let your vehicle move forward very, very slowly. Try to adjust the speed of the vehicle with slight adjustments to the clutch; depress a little more than a centimeter or so to slow car speed a little and release it a similar amount to speed up the car. You should exert very little pressure on pedal thinking as if there is egg under the pedal and it should not crack. Maintain gentle pressure on the accelerator. Never try to use it to speed up and slow down, use the clutch for this purpose.

Once the clutch slippage is mastered you become a perfect driver to take further road challenges while driving.

If you are sure about your car ABS brake maintenance or regular brake maintenance of your vehicle come to Sterling Clutch and Brake Auckland and get Clutch replacement service in Hamilton or call @ 09 636 4919. You can also get brake pads replacement service in Hamilton. For any query, you can also contact us on http://Sterlingbrake.co.nz.