Your Toyota has factory-installed brake calipers for a reason. They're a critical part of the vehicle's braking system, ensuring your ability to stop on command.
What Brake Calipers Do
On your part, braking is a simple act. You press your foot against the brake pedal, and your wheels slow or come to a full stop. At the other end of the system, though, things are a bit more involved. When you apply that pressure to the brake pedal, the master brake cylinder sends brake fluid to the pistons and charges the calipers. The pressure build-up forces the calipers to clamp onto the brake rotors and create the friction, or resistance, needed to slow the rotation of your tires. Since the calipers and rotors are both made of metal, though, the calipers are protected by brake pads that prevents damaging metal-on-metal contact.
How to Spot Failing Brake Calipers
Unfortunately, even the best brake calipers can go bad due to overuse and the heat and pressure generated by braking. Here are some signs of that failure:
- A spongy or soft-feeling brake pedal
- you hear squealing or grinding noises when you brake
- Your vehicle pulls to one side when you brake
- You have to pump the brake pedal to get the brakes to engage
It's not safe to drive with bad brake calipers, since you can’t depend on your brakes to engage as needed. Replace your old set with the best ones for your model. Those would be the genuine Toyota brake calipers you find here in our online auto parts catalog. They are, after all, the only parts that are guaranteed to fit right out of the box. Order now to save time and money!
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