When Should You Replace the Rear Brake Calipers on Your Land Rover?Posted on November 27, 2018
When the Land Rover was created, the intent was for a car the purely focused on utility. With the simplistic design, it was a perfect car after the end of World War II. The original design even featured its steering wheel in the center of the car. It used spare parts from leftover military vehicles, hence the iconic green color that is so often associated with the automobile. The Land Rover was known for their focus on utility and reusing parts left over from the war. There was even a model created that featured tank tracks.
It was around the year 1989 that the Land Rover ventured into the family market and created the SUV, shortly after the company changed their focus to luxury car design. With this shift in design intent, the company managed to create a vehicle that combined utility with elegance. Even with the sturdy and intentional design, the Land Rover may experience issues from time to time. The Land Rover has been known to have weak rear brake calipers, so you may find yourself needing to have them replaced.
What Is a Brake Caliper?
In the brake system of most cars, there are discs in the front of the vehicle, and in cases like the Land Rover, there are also disc calipers in the back. There are usually two or four calipers on a car. The system works so that brake fluid is sent to the calipers when pressure is applied to the brake pedal. This causes the fluid to apply pressure to the piston, which causes the brake pads to push against the rotors, which is how your vehicle is able to slow down or stop entirely.
Why Do Brake Calipers Fail?
Since you use your brakes every time you drive your vehicle, they are likely to wear down over time and need to be replaced. Heat is one factor that can cause the calipers to deteriorate. The heat will cause the seals to wear out. If the seals are weakened, the calipers can be ruined and get rusty, this could lead to your car leaking brake fluid.
The more miles you have on your Land Rover, the more likely it is that you may need to consider replacing your brake calipers. If your vehicle is around ten years old, it may be time to take your car to an expert to investigate the status of your brake system.
What are the Most Common Symptoms for Failing Brake Calipers?
There are a few signs that are common with failing brake calipers. The most noticeable will be odd sounds. When you apply pressure to your brakes, if you start to notice high-pitched sounds coming from your wheels, this could indicate an issue with the calipers. Another common sound might be a loud thud. This sound may indicate that your calipers are sticking, which is caused by the wearing of the seals.
A brake fluid leaks is the most common symptom of failing brake calipers. Since the calipers use a seal to prevent the brake fluid from leaking out, if you begin to notice a leak it is likely that you will need to replace the seals. When pressure is applied to the brakes it creates friction, which generates heat. This heat will wear down the seals over time causing fluid to seep out of the sides.
If you notice any of these issues and do not feel comfortable attempting to repair these issues yourself, visit your local mechanic to find out what needs to be done. You do not want to wait on brake issues, because it is a safety concern, not just to you, but to those driving around you.
How We Can Help
Here at Green Garage European Auto Centre, we are able to help you diagnose if your rear brake calipers need to be replaced in your Land Rover. With an issue like brakes, you do not want to guess or leave it up to chance. Having a trained mechanic to guide you is always a good idea to ensure your safety and to ensure your vehicle has a long life.
At Green Garage European Auto Centre, we strive to provide our clients with excellent service and technicians who are knowledgeable in the latest technologies. Located in Winter Park, we serve the Orlando, FL area. If you would like to find out more about the services we offer or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our experts, please call one of our locations.