Many components are used to bring your Honda to a stop when the brake pedal is pressed. One of the most important parts in this system is the Honda brake caliper. When the broke pedal is pushed down, a power booster multiplies the input force of the pedal, and uses it to power the master cylinder. The master cylinder develops hydraulic pressure and sends it to the Honda brake caliper through the brake lines. The Honda brake caliper then contracts, forcing the brake pads into the brake disc, and the friction created by the brake pads brings the vehicle to a stop. When the Honda brake caliper is not operating properly, it could mean reduced braking efficiency, and the problem should be corrected immediately. The first point of failure in this device is the pistons. As the vehicle ages, the seals that contain the hydraulic pressure, within the pistons of the Honda brake caliper, will begin to decay, soon resulting in a leak. A leak will reduce the pressure applied to the brake disc. Corrosion and road debris may also clog the Honda brake caliper preventing it from moving, even with adequate pressure. When the unit cannot be repaired and it is necessary to replace the Honda brake caliper, you will find the correct version for most vehicles in our online catalog, at a much lower price than what the dealership would charge for a replacement. It is made to the same specifications as the original unit, and it has a full warranty from the manufacturer. When you are ready to order the Honda brake caliper, it is easy to do through our secure online ordering process, or by phone, with a toll-free call.
FAQs—Honda Brake Caliper
- When do I need to replace my Honda brake caliper?
Most brake calipers don 't require replacement or rebuilding the first time they are relined. However, your calipers might be reaching the end of the road after 7-10 years of service or after 75,000 miles of mileage. The risk of leaking and sticking goes up as your rubber seals age and harden altogether. These days, few shops bother to rebuild their own brake calipers because it 's a labor-intensive process that 's too lengthy and increases the risk of return when leaks and sticks happen again compared to simply getting a caliper replacement. It 's better to get a new (or at least refurbished) caliper to replace the old and worn-down caliper versus repairing the worn caliper.
- What 's the difference between a fixed and sliding mount brake caliper?
A fixed caliper is a type of solidly mounted caliper wherein the piston or pistons are on both sides of the disc. It utilizes multiple pistons that are paired up on two, four, and six sets versus the solitary piston used by the sliding mount brake caliper. This gives the fixed caliper superior squeezing power and braking force. Meanwhile, the single-piston sliding or floating mount caliper has a solidly mounted bracket even though the caliper itself isn 't fixed and can slide left to right through bushings and pins on the bracket. The floating caliper is favored by many motorists because it 's more compact, costs less, and has a lower weight.
- Why do my brakes make a single "click" noise when I back out of a parking place and once again when I drive forward?
A single click noise usually happens to Honda brake discs and their calipers whenever you back up and apply the brakes then drive forward and brake as well. This is because there 's clearance between the ends of the brake pads and the brake caliper brackets to allow for heat expansion. This clearance also prevents corrosion between the pads and the brackets as well. This same clearance can cause your pads to hit the brackets when you apply the brakes in differing directions.
- I tend to replace my brake pads far too often. How do I prevent this from happening?
If only one pad is wearing out while the others are working perfectly fine, then the guide pins might not be sliding freely and/or lack lubrication. During inspection, if the pads were hard to remove from the caliper, requiring you to pry them out with a hammer and a screwdriver, then something is amiss with them. They might be rusted under the thin metal shims wherein your pads slide through. This could be causing them to wear out faster than usual. To ensure longer operating life for pads, both the caliper and the pads should be able to slide unimpeded every time they 're applied.
- I 'm replacing my rear brake pads and the piston won 't go in! What do I do?
Screw your caliper piston back. That should let the piston go in. It has an x-shaped groove on it that you can use a Philips screwdriver on. You can also make use of a heavy needle-nose plier to turn the piston clockwise to tighten it. If you 're going to use a screwdriver, make sure it 's the biggest one you have. Calipers that are in good shape will easily let the piston go in with one-handed tightening. Compromised calipers, however, might need more elbow grease.