Typical Cost: Low
Mobile Repair? Yes
Typical Lead Time: 24 - 48 hours depending on part availability
A brake caliper is the main component that pushes the brake pads into contact with the brake discs when pressure is applied to the brake pedal.
Brake calipers are either a solid cast single unit or in some cases two units that are tightly held together. Inside the casting is a piston, which is hydraulically forced out when the foot brakes are applied. The pistons have a rubber seal preventing the fluid from escaping around the piston and the exposed piston surfaces are protected from the elements by a protective rubber boot.
Modern cars usually have a disc brake on each wheel, however some older, smaller or lower specification may only have brake discs on the front wheels with rear wheels slowed by drum brakes.
Some of the symptoms of a failing brake caliper are:
Changing brake pads is a routine repair for all mechanics and can be done both kerbside as well as in the workshop, providing it is safe to do so.
Whilst there are variations between manufacturers, the basics are pretty similar.
The mechanic will;
Unless otherwise stated, the quote for your brake caliper to be replaced will cover;
Brake caliper replacement
Brake pads replacement
Brake discs and pads replacement
Brake hose replacement
Brake fluid change
Wheel cylinder replacement
The cost of a brake caliper replacement depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends.
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No, we will not fit customer supplied parts unless they are a brand new item, purchased from a dealership with the receipt as proof of purchase. There is no flexibility over this due to insurance and warranty issues.
In this scenario, the mechanic will provide a no obligation quote for the correct repair. Should you accept this, the mechanic can alter the booking accordingly. If you decide not to go ahead with the alternative repair, the mechanic can change the booking to a call out and diagnostic booking and charge according to the time spent with the vehicle and call out.