Brake Disc and Caliper Kit
You can't risk having a broken brake component somewhere, not a leaky caliper or a warped rotor or cracked disc. It's just too dangerous to drive if the braking system gets a little bit less reliable. So if you think it's time to replace the brake disc and caliper, don't hesitate getting a new brake disc and caliper kit.
Signs of a bad brake caliper
- Brake fluid leaks
- Damaged brake pads
How to check for a faulty caliper
Visually inspect the caliper. You have to remove the wheels to do this properly. Locate the bleed screw along with the hydraulic lines at the rotor's back side. If you find a fluid leak on the rotor or somewhere inside the disc, this indicates wear on the piston seal or dust boot. Check the seals and connections around the bleed screw and the hydraulic line to trace the source of leaks. Also look for cracks on the housing of the caliper, as this may cause the fluid to leak. Replace broken components if necessary.
Check the piston. You need someone else to step on the pedal as you take a close look at the rotor. Spin the rotor to see if this can be done easily or if there's some grind. The latter usually means that there's a frozen piston or there's air in the line. Extremely high temperatures from thinning pads can merge the piston to the caliper. To fix this, you can use a C-clamp to detach the piston and look for cracks, scratches, and other types of damage. To inspect the inner workings of the piston, you have to disconnect the brake shoes.
Observe any driving irregularity. If the vehicle seems to lean on one side when you step on the brakes, this could mean that one of the wheels has a better grip. What you can do here is bleed the system. If this doesn't work, then the problem could be a worn-out caliper. This old caliper may have trouble engaging the brake. This can be caused by a torn or damaged seal. If you bleed the brakes frequently, air must be drawn into the system via the caliper or hydraulic lines. You probably have a failing caliper in case the brakes lock up as you apply the brakes or when they stay locked.
Signs of a bad brake disc or rotor
- Cracks on warped rotor surface
- Pulsating brake pedal
- Steering wheel vibrations
What kind of brake discs you should get
Drilled. This type of disc has holes drilled into the plates. These holes help disperse heat faster, making the disc more efficient and more durable. This type of brake disc is also best used during heavy downpour or flood as water can easily be drained with the drilled disc design. The cross-drilled design can prevent cracks from forming and can reduce exposure to dust.
Slotted. The slotted disc can reduce brake fade. The slots let in cool air to circulate around the disc for dissipating heat. These also prevent water buildup. The slotted design helps minimize accumulation of debris and formation of rust. It is said that the slotted disc has better braking abilities.
Vented. The vented design of this brake disc draws in air that can easily lower the high temperature developed from friction upon hitting the brakes. This type of disc is best used when driving through a stop-and-go traffic or in dense areas.
Dimpled. The dimpled brake disc is often the choice for race-driven vehicles as the design allows for minimized stress. The disc can be used during sudden braking. This is also best for long-distance driving and driving in areas with varied types of weather.
Shopping for a brake disc and caliper kit
- The brake disc and caliper kit may come in various combinations. You have to choose the right brake rotor or disc based on your driving habit, type of driving location, and the specifications of your vehicle. Some kits are best suited for race-driven vehicles, recreational automobiles, SUVs, trucks, or cars. Choose an appropriate brake disc and caliper kit for the type of vehicle you have.
- The brake disc and caliper kit may come complete with spindles, caliper, pads, hubs, bearings, hoses, seals, bolts, nut and washer, dust cap, banjo and cotter pins. Know exactly what you're going to get out of the package.
- The brake disc and caliper kit may offer different material constructions, designs, and finishes or coatings. Get brake parts that are made using high-quality materials and those constructed according to industry standards. The finish or coating should provide utmost protection against rust and other harmful elements. Make sure that the components in the brake disc and caliper kit are specially designed for your vehicle's brake system for easy installation.