Lexus LS430 Brake Caliper
The Most Common Lexus Ls430 Brake Caliper Problems
The ability to stop a disc brake on a dime is essential. The value of a good disc brake can be measured in how many accidents have been averted because of their stopping power. And it's not only thanks to the disc brake, but the brake caliper, as well. These brake calipers are one of the most important parts of a car all because of their ability to stop the car when it counts most. Broken disc brake calipers pose much more of a threat than safety, so it's good to know the following warning signs before they even happen:
Disc brakes today can either be used in the front, or in the back. Some believe replacing drum brakes with them is effective since they have stronger stopping power. However, having disc brakes still doesn't change the fact that brakes are susceptible to something called brake fade. This is caused by excessive friction. This friction creates a lot of heat and gases and causes a failure in braking power. Having a sudden loss of brakes or not being able to stop quickly may indicate a brake fade problem on your car.
Rusty slide rails
These parts are common in European cars. If your experience a sudden and total loss of brake while driving, you might be having troubles with your slide rails. These parts do have a tendency to become too rusty when exposed to a long period of driving and stifles the free movement of the pads. You can clean them up with a wire brush during every change of your brake pads to keep them in top condition.
Loose calipers can be a problem for your car and for you. For one, it can become the cause of a bigger problem like accidents, since this wears down the brake pad and rotor excessively, and it would make you drive with the brakes applied slightly every single time. You can test if your calipers are working just fine by test driving the vehicle. If your calipers are sticky or are dragging, it would not allow the brake pad to disengage from the brake rotor. Another sign that you have an improperly working brake caliper is when your vehicle habitually pulls over to one side while driving.
Other common concerns
Remember to always replace defective brake pads with new ones if they are showing signs of wear and tear. Sticking or fading brake pads can cause damage and ruin to other parts of the braking system. They can also bring stress to the engine and transmission.