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Caliper Pistons

 

Caliper Pistons

Brake calipers are an essential component of your overall brake system, and the piston is the key component of the brake caliper. Pistons are responsible for forcing the brake pads to make contact with the brake rotor to bring your vehicle to a stop.

What are Caliper Pistons and how do they work

How Does it Work?

  • A brake caliper operates using 1, 2, 4 or 6 pistons
  • Single piston designs allow the caliper to center during application so that the brake pads have equally applied force
  • Dual, 4 or 6-piston calipers apply hydraulic force from both sides of the caliper
  • Once the brake pedal is pressed, it forces the brake fluid to fl ow through to the caliper
  • The piston(s) then move outward and make contact with the brake pads which then stops your vehicle by creating friction between the brake pads and rotor

How is it Made?

  • Molded using steel or phenolic material
  • Cylindrical in shape
  • One end open, one closed

Why Does it Fail?

  • Rust and corrosion
  • Old or contaminated brake fl uid
  • Worn out piston seals

What are the Symptoms of Failure?

  • One of the brake pads are more worn down than the other
  • Your vehicle may pull to one side when steering
  • A wet caliper or brake pads indicate a leaking caliper, typically from the piston seal

What are the Implications of Failure?