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How a brake caliper works

How a brake caliper works Most vehicles are equipped with “floating” brake calipers. Floating brake calipers have one or two pistons on just one side of the caliper. As the brakes are applied, fluid pressure forces the piston(s) out of the caliper bore. The piston(s) force the inboard brake pad against the rotor until the pad can’t move any further. At that point, an equal-and-opposite reaction occurs and the brake fluid pressure pushes the caliper body away from the brake rotor. That causes the caliper “fingers” on the outboard side … Read More

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