Are Your Brake Calipers up to Caliber?

Signs of Failing Brake Calipers

Brake calipers house a vehicle's brake pads and pistons and are one of the most important parts of your car. If they go out, you may not be able to stop your vehicle properly and safely. Here's how that could happen, and what you can do about it.

Diminished Stopping Power

The most obvious issue is that it will become harder to stop your vehicle. This is because the caliper is responsible for pressing the brake pads against the rotors. If the caliper isn't working properly, the pads won't make full contact with the rotors and your car will take longer to stop. This can be extremely dangerous, especially if you're driving at high speeds or in traffic. You could end up in an accident because you couldn't stop in time.

Premature Wear on Your Brakes

Another problem that can be caused by bad brake calipers is premature wear on your brake pads and rotors. If the caliper isn't pressing evenly on the pads, one side will wear down faster than the other. This can lead to an uneven surface on the rotor, which can cause vibrations when you brake. It can also shorten the lifespan of your brake pads and rotors, since they'll be working harder than they should be.

Complete Failure

In some cases, a brake caliper can fail completely. If this happens, you may not be able to stop your car at all. This can obviously be extremely dangerous, so it's important to take your car to a mechanic as soon as possible if you think there may be an issue with the calipers.

Mad Hatter Auto Repair - Expert Brake Repair in Council Bluffs

If you notice any of these issue listed above, or otherwise suspect your vehicle may be in need of brake service or repair, call the experts at Mad Hatter Auto Repair right away! Our trained mechanics can inspect the calipers and replace them if necessary. If you're in the Omaha area, call (402) 330-2286, and in Council Bluffs, call (712) 322-7500.

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