Questions tagged [brake-calipers]

Hydraulic device that compresses brake pads against spinning brake discs in order to create a higher friction co-efficient to reduce a vehicles forward or rearward motion.

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Brake pads fit too tight in caliper bracket

I changed brake pads on my Toyota Sienna LE 2009. I used these pads https://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/carquest-wearever-platinum-professional-ceramic-brake-pads-front-4-pad-set-pxd906ah/10866511-P I ...
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my driver side front rim was steaming hot after driving 130km/h through the mountains and severe braking for a couple hours

my driver side front rim was steaming hot after driving 110 - 130km/h through the mountains and severe braking (from going downhill) for a couple hours, while i did not notice brake locking when ...
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Right rear caliper failed under warranty. Why do I have to pay for the left side if it's mandatory they be replaced together?

As mentioned, the right rear caliper and rotor are being replaced under warranty (KIA 100,000 mile warranty). I understand that the pads are my responsibility, no problem there. I'm told and I do ...
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Can a seized calliper be caused by sabotage?

I left my car with at garage overnight for mot and next day they failed it for a seized brake. For whatever reason I am suspicious they may have caused it. Is there anything a mechanic can do to cause ...
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Brake caliper guide pins slide differently. 08 Camry Hybrid

2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid. Replaced my rear brakes and rotors myself for the first time this weekend with some youtube guides. Went pretty smooth aside from having to hammer the old rotor off. When ...
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Can I use different brand calipers for the front brake calipers

I need to replace the front brake calipers but can not find the same brand as the rear. Does this affect the car in any way or should i keep on looking for the same brand.
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Brake Rotors pitted after only ~5000Km

I changed the brake pads and discs/rotors a while ago, at 200K km, on my 2006 Skoda Octavia. Previous ones were pitted as well so I was just happy to be able to brake properly. But at around 205K km ...
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Brake won't pump up

I have a 2009 Buick Enclave 3.6 I changed out the wheel bearing and in the process I had to compress the calipers to get them back on. Now the brakes will not pump up. Any ideas? I did not break any ...
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How can a damaged caliper prevent other calipers from fully pressurizing?

I've got a 2013 CR-V. During a recent service, I asked a tech to take a look at what might be causing a weird smell to come from one of the rear wheels. During the initial look, he noticed that there ...
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Sticking caliper - free off or replace?

The other day, one of the front calipers on my wife's Micra stuck, causing the brake on that wheel to drag. I freed it off by winding the piston in and pumping it back out a few times, until it went ...
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Rattling noise after break pad, disk and caliper change

I own a BMW 3 series 2008 318i. I got my rear break pad and disks changed as well as the caliper changed on the rear left 2 days ago. A day later driving home i noticed rattling noises coming from ...
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Brake caliper leak while pushing piston back

I'm a bit worried about my front brake calipers on my MX5 MK1. I was replacing the front brake pads, and I had to push the caliper piston back in order to fit with the new pads. I used a C clamp to ...
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New Pads + Rotors, mechanic says rear pistons are seized. Cyclical knocking sound while braking moderate to hard

2012 Mini Cooper w/ 72,000km on it (about 40k miles). Just had mechanic put on new pads and rotors on all 4 corners. Old brakes were constantly rubbing and making noise. A different mechanic said my ...
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What do you do when brand new pads are rubbing on new rotor? It smokes and smells so bad and it seems like it is going to catch on fire

What do you do when brand new pads are rubbing on new rotor? I changed both rear rotors and brake pads but passenger side piston was so hard to retract. Had to rent a heavy duty tool because mine kept ...
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How can I check if the new brake pad will fit my caliper before buying?

I am trying to get a set of EBC redstuff brake pads for my 2019 mazda 3 hatch. How can I tell if it would be compatible? And would I need new "sport" oriented rotors with those cooling vents to go ...
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How to gain ebrake slack at the caliper?

2006 Hyundai Tiburon 4cyl 2.0L | 5 speed manual I am trying to reconnect my ebrake cable to my caliper, but there is not enough slack. The one on the other side currently has about 1" more slack ...
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How to diagnose/repair a leak where the brake line feeds the caliper

I'm struggling to diagnose and repair a leak right where the brake line feeds into the caliper. I've replaced the copper washers, the banjo bolt, and even the caliper itself, all to no avail. I'm ...
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What difference between the Fist Caliper and the Floating Caliper?

I have downloaded the brake pad fitment instruction from the ATE site and have discovered the third type of caliper - the Fist Caliper. I know that the Floating Caliper and the Fixed Caliper are. ...
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Scuffing Sound From Front Left Brakes After Repair Work

I recently got my car (2009 Toyota Matrix S) inspected by a reputable mechanic, and they diagnosed me with sticky calipers all around, with the back ones nearly locked. On their advice, I replaced ...
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How do I get both rear brake calipers to stop sticking?

I changed the rear brakes on my 2004 Chevrolet Silverado and now both brake calipers are sticking. What causes this and how do I fix it?
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New front brake pads riding on new rotors and making slight noise - normal?

2009 Scion XD, 110K miles. I replaced my front rotors and pads with the Raybestos brake kit found on Rock Auto.com. Since I live in the rust belt, and my current rotors rusted apart before the ...
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How to diagnose single sided brake locking?

Car: Mazda MX-5 MK1 1.6 with 1.8 brake kit, no ABS So, I had a front passenger side sticking caliper, which I replaced. I kept the brake pads as they had only a few millimetres of difference on the ...
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Dealer recommending new calipers

I have a '12 VW Passat (66k miles) and recently the rear brakes have been squealing when backing out of parking in morning and sometimes when rolling to a stop. I first thought it was just rust build ...
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Brake pad is gone, piston is leaking brake fluid. Do I have to replace the caliper now too?

Long story short, I waited too long to replace brake pad on my rear wheel. Now it's leaking brake fluid and I was wondering if I have to also replace the caliper along with rotor and brake pad? Or is ...
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Air/Protruding rubber seal on a brake caliper piston - is this normal?

I'm replacing the brake rotors and pads on my 2012 Toyota Rav4 (V4 engine) and as I'm doing the rear wheels, I noticed that as I was pushing back the brake caliper piston that it quite a bit of air ...
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Changing front pad and rotors, no problem currently with caliper, should I change the caliper any way on 171k miles car?

Camry LE 2005, 171k miles. Got examined the brakes professionally by mechanic. He says only pad and rotor needs replacement. A non-professional-but-car-knowing friend is advising to get replaced the ...
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Motorcycle Brake Lever - Soft Feel & Long Pull

I have a 2008 Kawasaki ER6 / Ninja 650R race bike. Within my class I must use OEM calipers & a OEM master cylinder. These components are also not allowed to be modified. As the title says, the ...
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The front of my 2001 Dakota apparently has been wrecked. I've found out that I have two different sized front brake pads

Pads for drivers side are from a 1995 Dodge Dakota and the right passenger side are a 2001 what was changed out under my truck. I have had to purshase two different sets of brakes different sizes. Now ...
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Car pulling to left, gets worse when braking, often better when accelerating (especially when warm)

I have a Ford Focus Mk1 (2004) stationcar edition. I've been fixing it up myself as a (very rewarding) learning project (my first), and I've recently changed the clutch after fighting the bell-housing ...
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How long should disc brakes take to slow the car when wet?

I recently bought a new car and it came it with disc brakes (specifically the Brembo's that come with the new BRZ). If the conditions are rainy or snowy out, I've noticed there's a significant amount ...
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Girinding noise /sticking breaks even after installing new caliper, rotor and pads

I installed both new caliper, rotor and pads in my 2005 Toyota Camry 2.4 L on the front. Though driver side breaks are making grinding noise. After installation it was ok for 3-4 miles of driving ...
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Brake pad wears faster than other three

I've changed all my calipers, all my rotors, and all my pads in an attempt to fix this problem, but it has not gone away. My rear passenger brake pad wears fast, to the point where it begins to grind,...
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I got new tires installed and now the left rear brake is stuck

2008 Honda CRV. Like I stated, I got new tires recently. I was trying to save a couple bucks, and went with a body shop that had a tire balancing machine. I think they messed up, because ever since I'...
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05 WRX: Front passenger caliper seizes every 11 months

My front passenger caliper has seized up again today for the third time in two years. I noticed some increasing vibration in the steering wheel and a smell of burn while driving and pulled over to ...
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Right front brake hanging up

2002 Ford F-150 XL 2 wheel drive 4 wheel disc brakes 4.2L I replaced caliper, rotor/hub assembly, & pads on Right side, & pads on left side. Now, the right side will not bleed fluid. I bled ...
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How do you find the vehicle manufacture date?

03 Ford Expedition xlt 4wd 5.4L - I have no data plate on driver door! Where would I find another one data plate at? Need a new front driver side brake caliper and part store asked me if I knew the ...
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For the '03 Audi A8 3.7 V8, can you retract the rear calipers without the need for dealer tools/software?

As far as I can see, if I understand it correctly, you need special equipment to replace the rear pads on many Audi's. Otherwise you won't be able to retract the rear calipers. Is this also true for ...
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Question regarding caliper assembly

I have a 2012 Ford Fusion SEL and have decided to try to replace brakes and rotors myself. I have successfully got the caliper and piston removed. Successfully reset the piston. Put the new rotors on ...
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NYS Inspection Failed - Seized caliper?

My partner went to Mavis today for an inspection, despite my fears that they'd try to milk her for a job. Sure enough, they came up with a whole list of things the car needed and vague reasons why ...
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shuddering when applying brakes

We purchased a 2002 Toyota Pre-Runner last November for our son from a local dealership. By March we experienced shuddering and had to replace both front and back brakes and get new front rotors, even ...
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Brakes stuck after pressing brake pedal while caliper was taken down

While replacing my driveshaft axle, I took the brake caliper off (pretty easy, car was in Drive with no e-brake engaged) so I can have more working space. After installing the new driveshaft, I ...
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Can you tell why this caliper has gone?

Mechanic told me one of my calipers has gone and this caused accelerated wear to relevant pad and all that's left is metal. You can see only metal in the pic 1 of pads as compared to the good brakes ...
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Is Repair Shop Responsible for Brake Issues?

I recently took my wife's vehicle to a popular repair shop chain to have her brake rotors and pads changed out. I have read many reviews online about this chain being rather shady when it comes to ...
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Two completely different opinions- what to do? frozen front left caliper or nothing?

Horrible experience yesterday has left me completely confused. I stupidly accelerated very fast and hit the brakes very hard in a short amount of time. About a half hour later, driving around, the ...
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Caliper Issue Question

I have a 2014 Honda Civic EX with about 65K miles on it. I have been told that for some reason our calipers aren't 'firing correctly'. Two questions, one, it seems like I only get this recommendation ...
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Normal Brakes? Master Cylinder replacement gone bad?

The brakes after I bled them and changed the master cylinder feel like they start to grab when the pedal is 1/3-1/2 the way depressed, is this normal? I did bench bleed the master cylinder before I ...
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New Front Brake Calipers and Pads out of Allignment with New Rotors after Bearing Repack and Hub-Rebuild

i Just bought this 1993 Toyota 4x4 and am restoring it. i put on the new calipers and pads; and the inner pad is rubbing on the rotor; with a gap on the outer pad as you can see in the pictue. there ...
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Brake always need to be bled

Brakes always need to be bled after changing rear plate and rotor. If a brake slowly, the pedal feel like there is no brake fluid. If I brake quickly, it's fine but not for long. I need to bleed my ...
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In general, are there signficant differences between OEM and non-OEM brake parts?

The cost of OEM parts for some cars are just completely crazy, compared to the cost of non OEM, third party parts for the same cars. That said, the quality of the cars must be at least somewhat ...
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Why doesn't the brake caliper piston retract when brakes released?

Just got myself a project, an '89 Jeep Comanche. Both front brakes were seized up, so I put in new brake hoses, calipers, & pads. The passenger side brakes work mint now, but on the drivers side, ...