Troubleshooting a Defective Nissan Versa Brake Caliper
The brake calipers on your Nissan Versa are crucial part of the car's brake system. In fact, when these parts become defective, they can cause the premature wear of the brake pads. This can be troublesome if not addressed immediately. You may encounter several defects when hitting the brake pedal like pulling to one side or severe steering. In some instances, the car will turn sluggish and less responsive. If you start to notice these mentioned signs, then you had better perform some troubleshooting. Here are some common defects encountered with faulty Nissan Versa brake calipers and the reasons behind them.
Pulling to one side when hitting the brakes
You can easily diagnose a defective brake caliper by going for a test drive and engaging the brakes. Once the brake pedal is pressed, a faulty brake caliper is manifested through the auto pulling to one side. You see, this happens because one of the caliper pistons might be stuck in closed position, which then causes an imbalance of braking force every time you hit the brakes. Bleeding the brake system usually solves the problem. If not, then check for bad seals and find a replacement if you find them damaged.
Leaks in seals and connections
Leaking is another indication of a defective brake caliper. To check, simply remove the wheels and inspect the hydraulic line connections, the rotors' back side, and the bleed screw. A faulty caliper and caliper housing, especially one with cracks, will allow fluid to escape; therefore, you should also check the rotors' inside discs for signs of fluid. The piston seals are usually broken, but luckily, they are easily replaced.
Decrease in fuel efficiency and gas mileage
Since a defective brake caliper usually causes one of the piston calipers to stick, your vehicle will feel sluggish and less responsive while you drive. This is because the auto drives with one of the brakes constantly triggered, so there is a significant reduction in acceleration. Because of this, fuel efficiency and gas mileage will decrease over time.
Shaking and vibration
While most shakes and shudders are attributed to problematic wheel alignment or worn steering linkages, this shuddering can also be a result of stuck calipers. This is brought about by uneven rotor wear, which creates an uneven surface, causing the wheel to vibrate every time the brake pads pass over the rotor surface.