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What does a brake caliper do?

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.

How does a brake caliper work and what are the components?

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.

How do you know there is something wrong with a brake caliper?

Some of the symptoms of a failing brake caliper are:
* When the car pulls to the right or left under braking.
* From an MOT failure or advisory note regarding brake imbalance.
* If your brake pedal begins to gradually get softer (less resistance)
* If the fluid level in your brake fluid reservoir drops.
* You notice brake fluid on the rims of your wheels.
* If a mechanic advises you of damage to the predictive boot during a brake pad change.

When should you consider replacing a brake caliper?

If you experience any of the above symptoms, you must act immediately as the braking system is vital to your safety. Therefore it is imperative to get this checked by a technician so they can rule out other causes such as unevenly worn brake pads, discs, suspension faults and tyre wear. Only then should the expense of replacing a brake caliper be considered.

How common is a brake caliper replacement required?

Whilst it is not a regular repair, the most common cause of caliper issues is due to the rubber boot that protects the piston splitting or getting a cut in it from road debris or simply age. Once this occurs, water and grit will etch into the pistons surface and cause pitting, which can lead to the piston getting stuck or the rubber seal that prevents the hydraulic fluid leaking out becoming worn.
Whilst brake calipers can be stripped apart and refurbished, it is cheaper in the majority of cases to simply replace it if the part is readily available.

How can I extend the lifetime of my brake calipers?

In reality there is not a lot you can do to prevent cuts and ageing of the caliper piston protection boot. However, if you are advised that it has been subject to damage, maybe by a mechanic during a brake pads change for example, then it is sometimes possible to have the boot replaced if there has been little or no water ingress at that point.

What happens during a brake caliper replacement?

  • Mechanic will inspect the brakes and establish if there is a problem with one or several of the brake calipers.
  • If necessary, the mechanic will replace the brake caliper.
  • Mechanic will advise if other parts of the braking system need replacing too.
  • Mechanic will bleed the brake system.
  • Mechanic will top up the brake fluid.
  • Mechanic will test drive the car and inspect the brake system again.
  • Mechanic will make adjustments if necessary.

How much does a brake caliper replacement cost?

The cost of a Brake Caliper replacement depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having your brake caliper replaced by ClickMechanic, by selecting your car at the top of this page!

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51 manufacturers for Brake Caliper Repair

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Alfa Romeo

Parts costs: £219.89 - £390.45

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# of quotes: 267

£348

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Audi

Parts costs: £185.24 - £391.87

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£362

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Austin

Parts costs: £102.32 - £189.04

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# of quotes: 12

£208

£154 - £211

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Bentley

Parts costs: £866.80 - £1,040.16

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# of quotes: 1

£1297

£949 - £949

£1,204 - £1,204

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BMW

Parts costs: £190.31 - £346.88

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# of quotes: 3471

£361

£249 - £384

£344 - £535

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Cadillac

Parts costs: £188.45 - £226.14

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# of quotes: 1

£315

£238 - £238

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Chevrolet

Parts costs: £175.96 - £291.10

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£291

£215 - £292

£288 - £390

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Chrysler

Parts costs: £192.39 - £312.57

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£287

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Citroen

Parts costs: £212.63 - £365.30

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# of quotes: 1475

£365

£284 - £402

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Dacia

Parts costs: £140.05 - £169.55

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# of quotes: 45

£256

£199 - £200

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Daewoo

Parts costs: £198.93 - £268.31

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# of quotes: 10

£269

£246 - £272

£333 - £365

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Daihatsu

Parts costs: £163.79 - £304.02

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# of quotes: 29

£277

£216 - £305

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Dodge

Parts costs: £186.75 - £288.91

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# of quotes: 51

£289

£226 - £291

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Fiat

Parts costs: £202.10 - £363.36

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# of quotes: 701

£346

£236 - £363

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Ford

Parts costs: £175.22 - £325.91

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# of quotes: 4547

£300

£224 - £328

£307 - £439

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Honda

Parts costs: £182.10 - £343.31

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# of quotes: 2054

£322

£227 - £347

£308 - £464

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Hyundai

Parts costs: £182.26 - £389.76

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# of quotes: 977

£350

£215 - £375

£284 - £490

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Infiniti

Parts costs: £400.59 - £480.71

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# of quotes: 3

£604

£449 - £449

£577 - £577

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Isuzu

Parts costs: £254.79 - £305.75

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# of quotes: 2

£402

£309 - £309

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Iveco

Parts costs: £399.95 - £499.12

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# of quotes: 101

£473

£478 - £494

£635 - £654

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Jaguar

Parts costs: £235.64 - £393.65

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# of quotes: 752

£375

£293 - £398

£398 - £533

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Jeep

Parts costs: £176.03 - £344.86

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# of quotes: 202

£299

£203 - £335

£264 - £439

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Kia

Parts costs: £204.08 - £350.66

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# of quotes: 626

£327

£237 - £342

£311 - £450

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Land Rover

Parts costs: £187.06 - £355.22

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# of quotes: 1281

£329

£227 - £355

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LDV

Parts costs: £251.03 - £363.19

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# of quotes: 19

£340

£297 - £360

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Lexus

Parts costs: £233.62 - £378.40

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# of quotes: 434

£359

£281 - £372

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Mazda

Parts costs: £152.51 - £319.83

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# of quotes: 1485

£295

£190 - £316

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Mercedes-Benz

Parts costs: £208.88 - £394.23

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# of quotes: 1213

£387

£278 - £426

£388 - £589

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MG

Parts costs: £132.57 - £228.52

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# of quotes: 93

£219

£165 - £239

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MINI

Parts costs: £165.35 - £319.26

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# of quotes: 1021

£323

£211 - £355

£289 - £496

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Mitsubishi

Parts costs: £202.91 - £331.18

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# of quotes: 270

£328

£247 - £330

£331 - £439

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Nissan

Parts costs: £181.76 - £315.73

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# of quotes: 917

£305

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Perodua

Parts costs: £245.74 - £294.88

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# of quotes: 8

£301

£306 - £306

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Peugeot

Parts costs: £169.01 - £336.39

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# of quotes: 1606

£320

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Peugeot Talbot

Parts costs: £120.47 - £144.57

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# of quotes: 1

£185

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Porsche

Parts costs: £15.75 - £45.59

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# of quotes: 67

£134

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Proton

Parts costs: £224.33 - £306.88

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# of quotes: 8

£314

£274 - £309

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Renault

Parts costs: £215.21 - £364.50

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# of quotes: 1966

£358

£267 - £374

£362 - £504

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Rover

Parts costs: £122.25 - £191.03

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# of quotes: 64

£208

£164 - £212

£230 - £296

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Saab

Parts costs: £152.03 - £272.11

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# of quotes: 413

£260

£187 - £277

£252 - £373

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SEAT

Parts costs: £198.88 - £356.07

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# of quotes: 997

£337

£262 - £381

£365 - £525

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Skoda

Parts costs: £164.40 - £315.51

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# of quotes: 685

£317

£221 - £335

£311 - £459

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Smart

Parts costs: £205.06 - £302.82

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# of quotes: 58

£334

£256 - £320

£347 - £438

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Ssangyong

Parts costs: £129.63 - £155.56

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# of quotes: 5

£236

£178 - £178

£251 - £252

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Subaru

Parts costs: £259.06 - £370.68

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# of quotes: 90

£346

£287 - £359

£366 - £470

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Suzuki

Parts costs: £174.52 - £292.83

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# of quotes: 250

£286

£223 - £297

£306 - £397

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Toyota

Parts costs: £192.46 - £354.71

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# of quotes: 1671

£331

£243 - £359

£332 - £482

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Vauxhall

Parts costs: £187.22 - £355.47

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# of quotes: 3973

£316

£232 - £356

£314 - £474

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Volkswagen

Parts costs: £193.83 - £387.02

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# of quotes: 4865

£355

£236 - £392

£318 - £525

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Volvo

Parts costs: £192.48 - £336.78

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# of quotes: 704

£318

£239 - £339

£323 - £453

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Yugo

Parts costs: £87.97 - £105.56

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# of quotes: 3

£148

£137 - £137

£203 - £203

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£243.45

Brake caliper replacement - rear (passenger side)

Mazda Mazda6
Redruth
£277.41

Brake caliper replacement - front (driver side)

Mercedes-Benz SLK
Hampton
£356.06

Brake caliper replacement - rear (driver side)

Citroen C4 Picasso
Inverurie
£258.18

Brake caliper replacement - front (passenger side)

BMW 3 Series
New Malden