Brake Caliper Repair Kit
Is your vehicle pulling to one side every time you step on the brake pedal? Does the engine seem hesitant when you accelerate? Do you have brake fluid leaking out from your system? If your answer is yes to all three questions, then you need to check if you already need a brake caliper repair kit. Brake calipers work when you step on the brake pedal by pushing the brake pads to the rotor using hydraulic pressure to slow down your car. Since the constant exposure to pressure can eventually cause them to wear out or get damaged, you need to address the problem immediately to keep you, your passengers, and other motorists safe every time you're out on the road. To avoid spending too much cash, skip taking your vehicle to the mechanic and rebuild the brake caliper yourself. All you need is a proper brake caliper repair kit to do the job. Here's a quick how-to guide that can help you get started with the job.
Tools that you'll need:
- Jack and jack stands
- Brake cleaner
- Metric socket and ratchet set
- Brake caliper repair kit
Step 1: Before you begin, make sure you park your car on a flat-level surface with the parking brakes engaged. Then, turn the engine off and allow it to cool down before you go to work.
Step 2: Using a tire tool, loosen the lug nuts of your vehicle's front wheels about a quarter of a turn. Next, use the jack to raise your car and then use the jack stands to support in. Once your vehicle is secure, remove the lug nuts of the front wheels, take the wheels out, and set them all aside.
Step 3: As soon as you have access to the brake caliper, clean it and its neighboring components using a rag. Next, remove the caliper by removing its upper and lower slide bolts as well as the brake line that's attached to it.
Step 4: Once you've taken the brake caliper out, clean it thoroughly using brake cleaner.
Step 5: Next, take the dust seals off of the pistons and then disconnect the pistons from the caliper. If removing the piston seems harder than usual, you can blow some compressed air into the hole of the brake line to be able to get the piston out.
Step 6: Then, before you start installing the brake caliper repair kit, get a block of wood and put it in the middle of the pistons to prevent the calipers from moving or accidentally getting out of place.
Step 7: After that, use an air compressor to fill the caliper with air. Next, locate and remove the o-ring seals that you can find inside the caliper.
Step 8: Next, use brake cleaner to clean the insides of the caliper, making sure that you cover every area thoroughly.
Step 9: After that, use brake fluid to lubricate the rubber seal and caliper pistons that come with the brake caliper repair kit. Insert the new seal into the caliper and reattach the pistons to the caliper to install the dust seals on the pistons.
Step 10: Finally, reinstall the caliper and bleed the brakes, according to your vehicle's settings.