Brake calipers are important to the ability of your car to stop. They are the most essential automobile brake parts so you need to be really careful in assembling or changing them. You’ll save time and money if you know how to change them. Below are tips on how to assemble a brake caliper.
Change your Brake Caliper
- Loose the lug nuts on your tires that can be found over your damaged brake calipers. This is important in any type of brake change or repair.
- Raise your car through a lift or car jack. Ensure that you car won’t shift. A safety stand will help you in this situation.
- Take out the lug nuts from your tire. Ensure to put them somewhere safe to avoid loss. Set the tire aside to expose your car’s brake mechanism.
- Place a drain pan under the caliper. Then find the banjo bolt or simply known as bolt. The bolt connects the brake hose to the brake caliper. Loosen the bolt.
- Find and remove the bolts that connect the brake caliper onto the wheel assembly. Allow the brake fluid flow to the drain pan. The corrosive liquid mustn’t touch your bare skin or any painted surfaces.
- Drain your brake caliper that needs replacement. Determine if your brake caliper is semi-loaded or non-loaded. If your brake caliper is semi-loaded, then you don’t have to understand how to strip the mounting parts of your original brake caliper.
- Strip the mounting elements of your brake caliper that needs replacement. It includes the original sliders, bolts, and rubber boots of your brake caliper. Inspect the gears to ensure that they aren’t warped, damaged, torn, and rusted in any way.
- Lubricate all mounting components that need to be removed. Set-up all mounting components on your new brake caliper.
Install your Changed Brake Caliper
- Compress your caliper piston. Ensure that the piston’s completely compressed. It must be done through a special caliper brake turning equipment. The most effective way to compress a brake caliper is to have an auto salesman or a professional auto mechanic diagnose it because various calipers have different methods of being completely compressed.
- Change your brake caliper on the brake hose’s end. Let the connection loose.
- Put brake pads on your new brake caliber. The caliper bolts must be lubricated before connecting onto the wheel assembly. Realign your brake hose after you have installed your new caliper, so that it normally sits and it can tighten the banjo bolt.
- Bleed your braking system by ensuring that your master cylinder is full of brake fluid and a length of clear tubing is attached to your caliper’s bleeder valve. Ask someone to fully press your brake pedal as you open your caliper’s bleeding valve to force the brake fluid and other impurities like air bubbles into the jar so you can see it. Repeat the process until there are no air bubbles appearing in the jar. Then ask someone to press down the brake pedal again as you repeat the procedure before closing off the bleeder valve.
- Fill-up your brake fluid.
- Replace your tire then lock the lug nuts on the mounts. Then do it to the other side of your car. Test your brakes after you’re finished. Drive your car slowly for testing.
Check the other components of your break while you’re changing break calipers. Ensure that your break pads are effective, and have an auto mechanic smoothen your rotors. If you aren’t certain of your auto mechanic skills, have a professional do the work to avoid risks.