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.
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.
Brakes are one of the most important parts in your car and also one which is quite prone to wear and tear. You will be committing a serious blunder if you ride your car with faulty brakes, as you are not only endangering your life and life of the other occupants of the car, but you are also putting the lives of other motorists on road in danger. With faulty brakes, an accident can occur at any time.
Here are few tips how you can maintain the top condition of your brakes with regular brake maintenance.
- Check you’re Fluids: Check your cars brake fluid every so often. Check the level first to see if the car requires brake fluid change. If the level is below the normal mark top up the brake fluid. Secondly, check the colour of the fluid, if it’s a cream colour then this indicates that some water or moisture has entered into brake fluid and this will need to be changed. In mechanical terms, it is called bleeding or flushing your car’s brakes. Flushing your brake fluid enhances the performance of your brake and helps with overall brake maintenance.
- Stopping from A Lower Speed: When you are stopping suddenly from 60 kmph to a halt when the brakes have to work a lot harder in order to bring the car to a sudden halt. This increases the wear of tear of brake pads. An easy tip to start controlling your car speed and stopping distance. Running down the gears and gradually stopping will help maintain your car’s brake.
- Excess Weight in the Car: Is there is any additional weight added to the car? or you have loaded the car boot with heavy luggage which is more than the recommended weight car can carry. Then you are putting extra load on the car brakes. This is quite similar to high speeds as this adds extra pressure to the brakes. If you are in a car or a van always has a full boot then think about keeping extra stuff at the store or somewhere else. In order to maintain your brake remove anything that is not needed from your vehicle and this will improve the lifetime of your car brakes.
Regular brake maintenance is something that all drivers should do. Some frequently asked question about brake maintenance is:
- How often should I check my brakes?: As a general rule check brakes with every car service, or kilometres/time recommended by the manufacturer ie about 6000 km or 6 months whichever comes first and most definitely once a year if you are not doing a lot of kilometres. You should also get your brakes checked if you notice any squeaks, squeals and spongy feeling in the brakes and replace brake pads or maybe disc also. Always get the brakes checked at regular interval for good maintenance. If you have any problem with your brakes and you need a replacement to consult brake specialist and get brake replacement service in Auckland Call @09 636 4919.
- What are the benefits of regular brakes maintenance: Every garage will look at the core areas of the braking system, having these regularly checked will prevent a costly repair bill in the future if they are maintained regularly. Fatal accidents are prevented by regular maintenance and keep the car safe.
If you are not sure about your car brake maintenance come to Sterling Clutch & Brake@ 09 636 4919 and have your car brake system fully checked and get brake replacement service in Hamilton. For any query, you can also contact http://Sterlingbrake.co.nz.