Troubleshooting a Seized Honda Civic Del Sol Brake Caliper
On their own, your brake pads won't be able to make your rotors slow down or stop moving. This pair of friction material needs to bond with metal plates that will hold them in place against the fast-spinning discs. The metal plates are connected to a piston or two, forming what's known as a brake caliper. Whenever you put your foot down on the brake pedal, your Honda Civic del Sol brake calipers will clamp down against the brake discs, bringing the pads and discs into contact and ultimately slowing your wheels down. Because of these functions, you need to deal with any arising problems with your calipers immediately. Otherwise, you'll compromise the safety of your semi-convertible.
Symptoms and effects of a seized brake caliper
When one of your brake calipers seizes up, it will cause your Honda Civic del Sol to pull to one side whenever you apply pressure to the brake pedal. The seized or locked caliper can be found at the opposite side of where your Honda pulls. So, if your car pulls to the left, the malfunctioning caliper will be at the right side, and vice-versa.
If you don't deal with this issue at once, your seized caliper can cause further complications like brake drag, cracks or deep grooves in the brake discs, and overheating of the rotors.
Troubleshooting a seized brake caliper
Oftentimes, a brake caliper seizes up when it is mounted on screws that are too tight. So, you'll need to check how hard your seized caliper is braking and then loosen the screw slightly so that the caliper's components can move more freely. And while you're at it, check the caliper's piston and see if it's overworked or not. If the pistons are overworked, you'll need to replace your braking system.
Another reason why a Honda Civic del Sol brake caliper could seize up is that it has become too clogged with debris. If you see dirt, dried mud, or bits of plants stuck onto the caliper you'll need to remove them. If the calipers have become too rusty, you'll need to replace them.
Your caliper could also seize up because it has worn down over time. When you inspect your caliper, you'll need to pay attention to how much effort it exerts to grip your front brake pads. Old calipers in need of retirement tend to over-exert their parts so that it can grip the pads, so replace them immediately.