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Brake Calipers & Components

The calipers transform the hydraulic pressure from the master cylinder into the mechanical force required to force the brake pads against the rotors, to slow and stop a vehicle with disc brakes. Disc brakes have been used on the front wheels of all vehicles since the 1970s and today are used at all four wheels on most vehicles. They are fade resistant, self-adjusting and exhibit less grabbing and pulling than drum brakes.

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The brake caliper straddles the brake rotor and provides the mounts for the disc brake pads. All calipers have one or more bores in the caliper body containing piston(s), seals, and dust boots, one or more bleeder screws to bleed air from the hydraulic system, and a port to which the brake line or hose is connected. Most OE type caliper bodies are made of cast iron and the caliper pistons are of steel or phenolic construction.

We aim to provide our customers with the finest Brake Calipers & Components the industry can offer, which is why we accept no compromise when it comes to the quality. Created by the most reputable names in the industry, such as Dorman, Cardone, Centric, Beck Arnley, Motorcraft, Auto 7, Carlson the Brake Calipers & Components we've gathered for you feature precise design and everlasting durability.

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There are two kinds of calipers, floating and fixed. The latter have multiple pistons on each side that apply equal pressure to the pads when the brakes are applied. Floating calipers have one or more pistons on the inboard side of the caliper and the caliper body slides on pins. When the brakes are applied the caliper body moves inward as the caliper pistons move outward, clamping the rotor with the disc brake pads. Some rear wheel calipers incorporate a screw type parking brake mechanism to mechanically apply the brake pads. When brake pads are replaced, a special tool must be used to bottom the pistons in the bores.

Caliper defects can cause a number of brake system problems. A low or sinking brake pedal can be caused by a leaking caliper. A brake pull or dragging brakes can be caused by a seized caliper piston, which can also be indicated by uneven pad wear. A floating caliper that can’t move freely because of worn or rusted caliper slide pins can also cause uneven pad wear, as well as brake drag. Inspect the caliper carefully, looking for leaks, torn caliper piston and slide pin boots, worn or missing hardware, and any other defects. If caliper service is required, we have a number of options to offer you.

Our basic replacement calipers are precision manufactured and pressure tested and come with new seals, dust boots, and bleeder screws. Or step up to semi-loaded calipers that also include hardware and brackets as required. For a complete repair job you can’t do better than our loaded calipers that come with all new pistons, seals and boots, hardware and clips to ensure smooth, noise free performance, and application specific brake pads. These calipers are ready to install over the rotor right out of the box. We also carry a large selection of individual components and repair kits if you want to rebuild your calipers.

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If you have owned a car or truck for more than a few months, you are undoubtedly aware that your vehicle's brakes occasionally need replacing. Let's face it, we can be hard on our brakes. Highway speeds, stop-and-go traffic, and heavy cargo loads are some of the more significant factors which increase brake wear.
In this article, we’ll introduce you to the specific tools designed to be used when replacing brake components and servicing your brake system. Having the right tools BEFORE you start working on your vehicle makes these types of jobs quick, easy, and doable for the home mechanic. It also prevents having to put things back together before the job is finished...
Is It Time For New Brakes?
Squealing noise upon brake application is actually caused by a high-frequency vibration of metal rotors, drums, or brake pad backing plates. Excess corrosion that forms over time on non-contact, outer perimeter areas of rotors and drums is a prime cause because rust is looser and less dense in nature – therefore, more likely to create resonation.
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Replacement Brake Calipers Reviews
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2003 Chevy Malibu | Posted by Byron | (Galena, MO)

Actually bought this for a 2004 Chevrolet classic, which looks just like the 2003 Malibu with most of the same parts. These fit right on with all the included hardware and banjo washers included. The red looks great through the rims that came with the car, the caliper mount bracket is red also. Took me about 20-30 minutes without a garage floor to do it on so it was really quick and easy, just make sure you know what your doing.

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