How to Change Brake Calipers
Brake calipers are generally very reliable, and thankfully, they don’t need to be replaced as often as brake pads and rotors. However, brake calipers will need to be replaced if you put a lot of miles on your car.
It’s possible that will happen around the 75,000-mile mark, though they may last up to 100,000 miles. Larchmont, New Rochelle, and Yonkers drivers looking for a do-it-yourself project should continue reading to learn how to change brake calipers. Lexus of Larchmont has put together this informative guide to teach you the basic steps.
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Changing the Brake Calipers
You’ll want to begin by jacking up the vehicle, so use axle stands to remove the wheel. Typically, the carrier is bolted to the hub with two bolts, and these can be left in place if you’re only changing the caliper. However, if you’re also changing the disc, these will need to be removed.
The caliper is secured to the carrier with a pair of bolts, and these usually have Allen heads, which secure sliding pins in the body of the caliper. Take the Allen bolts off and you should be able to get the caliper off the disc.
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Once the caliper is removed the brake pads will pull out—they’re often held in place by clips. The brake lines will also need to be removed from the caliper. Be sure to have a basin or bucket to catch any brake fluid which may spill out. With the new caliper, make sure the piston is pushed back into the cylinder with water pump pliers, a G-clamp, or something similar.
The pads can be refitted to the caliper with clips or pins, and the caliper can be mounted on the carrier. Refit the caliper sliding bolts and be sure to see that they’re working and sliding smoothly.
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Finishing the Caliper Change
You’ll want to spin the hub and be sure that the calipers are located over the disc, without any binding. You might see some light binding, but that’s normal. After the bolts are secure, the brake hose needs to be reattached, and you’ll need to bleed the caliper to remove any air.
You can do this with a one-person bleed kit you’ve acquired, or ask someone for help. Make sure the brake fluid reservoir is being topped off to the right level.
Check the bolts before reattaching the wheel. The brake pedal might need a few pushes to get the pad in contact with the disc. Drive with caution and ensure the brakes are working properly once again.
Stop by Our Brake Center
Have questions for our service technicians? They can change the brake calipers, replace brake pads, and inspect the brakes if you’d prefer to have an experienced technician take care of the job.
However, if you feel comfortable changing brake calipers on your own time, follow the steps above to do so.
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Any time you have a brake question, reach out to the Lexus of Larchmont service technicians and we’ll be sure to provide the answer you’re looking for.
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