How to Replace a Brake Caliper

Below guide will teach you How to Replace a Brake Caliper . Please follow the instructions carefully.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Combination Wrench Set
  • C-Clamp
  • Socket and Ratchet Set
  • Jack Stand Set
  • Flat Head Screwdriver
  • 1/2 in. Drive Torque Wrench
  • Brake Caliper
  • Brake Fluid

Estimated Costs:

  • DIY Costs: Est. $243.66 parts only
  • Shop Costs: Est. $494.67 parts and labor

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  • Secure the vehicle on a flat surface. Apply parking brake.
  • Loosen the lug nuts on the front wheels before lifting the front side with floor jack.
  • Put logs behind rear wheels and raise the front of the vehicle with floor jack.
  • Prop the vehicle on jack stands to ensure your safety during the repair work.
  • Take the loosen lug nut away and take the fronts wheels off the vehicle.
  • Examine the brake caliper carefully to spot any signs of binding. Observe if there is rust or uneven brake pad damage.
  • Take the brake caliper out by removing the sliding bolts. You may need to disconnect the disc pads as well if they are connected to the caliper.
  • Secure the caliper with a kind of support. Never let it hang by the brake hose.
  • Wipe off the sliding bolts properly. Apply grease or oil to sliding bolts.
  • Connect the disc pad with new brake caliper and reassemble the new caliper over the brake disc (rotor).
  • Secure the caliper on the bracket with sliding bolts.
  • Detach the brake line from old caliper and reattach it to the new caliper. It is better to use new copper washers. Fasten the banjo bolt.
  • Repeat the same process on the other side and don’t forget to bleed the brakes.
  • Fix the wheels and secure them properly with lug nuts.
  • Take the jack stands away and slide down the floor jack.
  • Take a small drive and make certain that the brake pedal is not loose and new brake caliper are properly installed.

Tips & Warning

  • Always use safety goggles, latex gloves and closed toe shoes. These will prevent you from sustaining any severe injuries during the repair work.

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