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Many cars come with lightweight alloy wheels that help augment the vehicle’s appearance. However, the standard “look” of the brake calipers beneath may not fit the eye, and in this case caliper covers come to the rescue.



What Is a Caliper Cover?

While many people are delighted with their new automobile straight out of the factory, they may want to customize its look and feel to make a statement, enjoy enhanced performance and safety, or simply to be different. As many cars feature alloy wheels with a minimalistic appearance, it’s possible to see the suspension and braking system that sits behind and this represents an ideal opportunity to customize. Brake caliper covers allow people to draw attention to their wheels and, in many cases, improve performance of the braking system beneath.

How Does a Caliper Cover Work?

Caliper covers are designed to fit snugly over a vehicle’s existing brake calipers and can be configured in a variety of colors and styles. They are made to be long-lasting and sturdy and can also help to dissipate the excess heat that normally builds up during brake operation. In addition, they can help to reduce the amount of brake dust that would ordinarily accumulate on the surface of the alloy wheels and be difficult to remove. Each set of caliper covers is made for a make and model and they can also be branded so that they mimic the appearance of high-performance, sport calipers. It’s also possible to match the factory tint of a vehicle’s paint scheme.

How Is a Caliper Cover Made?

The best covers are made using the highest-grade aluminum, carefully machined and welded for great strength. They are then powder coated and painted to specification and will be supplied with a fastening system made from stainless steel for quick fitment. They are designed to be removable, whenever it’s time to service the brakes on the vehicle. They will be extensively tested to ensure that they can put up with elevated levels of stress and are resistant to corrosion.

How Does a Caliper Cover Fail?

  • Overheating due to a buildup of dirt and debris

What Are the Symptoms of Failure?

  • Drop-off in brake performance

What Are the Consequences of Failure?

  • Loss of brakes

If you have questions or concerns about Caliper Covers or any of your vehicle’s components, come into your local Pep Boys where we can answer any question, help you find any part, or perform any vehicle service you might need.