How to Replace Brake Calipers?

Brake pads are a critical part of your car and should be replaced at least once per year, but often they are neglected. If you notice warning signs like squeaking or grinding when you brake, it is time to replace the calipers. 

The process of replacing the calipers is not difficult and can be done in just a few minutes using basic tools and instructions. Make sure that you have all the necessary parts before beginning so that the job goes smoothly and without any surprises. 

Be sure to read through the entire guide carefully before starting, as there may be some important safety tips included for those who need them most. Replacing your brakes will ensure safe driving down the road – don’t wait until it’s too late.

Brake Calipers

When replacing brake calipers, it is important that the new ones fit properly and match the rest of your car’s components. 

The installation process will vary depending on the make and model of your vehicle, but most involve removing the wheel hub caps and taking off the wheel rim coverings. 

Brake Calipers

Once everything is removed, you can see where each brake rotor attaches to each axle by looking for matching marks on both sides of each assembly (the ABS sensor must also be unplugged). 

Next, remove one brake tube from each side by unscrewing it with a hex wrench while holding onto two other parts – this should free up enough room so that you can install the new caliper without having to use excessive force in some cases. 

Make sure all screws are torqued securely after reassembling everything in its original location – otherwise problems may arise during future braking operations.

How to Replace Brake Calipers -Step by Step Process

Replace Brake Calipers

Brake calipers are a common part of your car’s braking system. They help to stop the car quickly by pushing against the wheels. 

When they wear down, or if their pistons become worn, they may not work as well as they should.

Raise the Vehicle

Raise the Vehicle

If your vehicle is equipped with rear wheel drive (RWD), now is a good time to raise it into position by putting jack stands under either axle at least 2 feet above ground level and lowering/raising each end as needed until both front wheels are fully elevated off of the ground (wheel arch should be resting on jack stand). 

If your vehicle has all-wheel drive (AWD), put car in 4wd mode before beginning this procedure.

Remove the Wheel and Hub Assembly

Remove the Wheel

The first step in replacing your brake calipers is to remove the wheel and hub assembly. This can be done by removing the bolts that hold it on, or by removing the whole wheel and hub assembly.

Unscrew the Bolts That Hold the Caliper Bracket

Unscrew the Bolts

Once you have removed the wheel and hub assembly, you will need to unscrew the bolts that hold onto the caliper bracket.

You should do this in a clockwise direction to avoid damaging any of its components.

Disconnect Radiator Hoses

Before you can start work on your brakes, you need to disconnect both radiator hoses from their respective connectors near the engine bay. 

Disconnect Radiator Hoses

Use a wrench or socket to loosen them enough so that they will fit over your upper-class while holding onto each end with pliers. 

Once they are disconnected, lift up on each hose with one hand and twist them until they come loose from their connector(s). Set them aside in a safe place before continuing with step 3 below.

Remove the Old Brake Calipers

Remove the Old Brake Calipers

Now, remove the old brake calipers and to do this, use a wrench to loosen the bolts that hold on the caliper bracket. 

Next, gently pull off the brackets from the rotors. 

Be careful not to damage either of these components.

Install New Brake Calipers

Now it’s time to install your new brake pads onto the rotors. Make sure that you match up each pad correctly so that there are no gaps between them and the rotor surface. 

Install New Brake Calipers

Tighten all six bolts using a wrench until they’re firmly tightened against the rotor material. 

Finally, reattach both bracket assemblies using their original bolts and ensure that they’re properly aligned with each other before tightening them down again.

Tight the Bolts in Reverse Order

Now that you have replaced your brake calipers, it is time to put everything back together in reverse order. 

Make sure that you tighten all of the screws properly before doing so, as improper tightening could lead to further damage.

Signs of Bad Brake Calipers

If you notice any of the following signs, it could be that your brake calipers are in need of replacement:

Shuddering or Vibrating

If you notice that your car is shuddering or vibrating when you apply the brakes, this may be a sign that your brake calipers are in need of replacement.

This issue can often be caused by corroded braking pads and worn brake rotors, which will cause the car to shake and vibrate when you put on the brakes.

Noise Coming from Brakes

If you hear a loud noise coming from your vehicle’s brakes every time you apply them, it may mean that they are in need of replacement. 

This type of sound can come from either warped or misshapen brake discs or calipers, both of which will require professional repair to fix.

Wearing Down Quickly

If your brake pads start to wear down quickly after being replaced, this may also indicate that it is time for new brake calipers. 

If these parts get damaged frequently due to excessive wear, they will eventually have to be replaced altogether – an expensive repair process if left unchecked.

Difficulty Stopping on Slippery Roads

A bad set of brakes can make stopping on slippery roads more difficult than usual – especially if they’re not properly lubricated or adjusted. 

If you find yourself struggling constantly with halting at high-traffic areas or during icy weather conditions, it might be worth checking out your breaks before making any further repairs.


How Much Does It Cost to Replace Your Brake Calipers?

The cost to replace a brake caliper on a car typically ranges from $85 to $110 per caliper for front calipers and $90 to $110 per caliper for rear calipers.

What Happens When Brake Calipers Fail?

If a brake caliper fails, it will reduce the braking ability of the vehicle.

Can I Drive with a Bad Caliper?

Yes, you can drive with a bad caliper. However, it may cause decreased braking performance and increased braking noise.

Can I Replace Just One Brake Caliper?

No, it is not advisable to replace just one brake caliper. 

Brake imbalance can cause decreased braking performance, increased stopping distances, and even a potential hazard on the road.

How Long Does It Take to Replace a Caliper?

It typically takes between 1 and 3 hours to replace a caliper on a car.

How Long Do Calipers Last?

Calipers typically last 100,000 miles or 10 years.

How Many Calipers Does a Car Have?

A typical car has four brake calipers.


When it comes to your car, brake pads are one of the most important parts. Brake calipers play an essential role in ensuring that your brakes work properly and last long. 

If you’re like most drivers, you probably don’t have a clue how to change brake pads on your own car. That’s where this guide comes in. We’ll show you step by step how to replace brake calipers on both cars and trucks. 

Make sure your safety gear is ready before starting: gloves, eye protection, sturdy construction shoes, and maybe even some extra.

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