Brake calipers are an essential component of your car, truck, or SUV's braking system. The brake calipers squeeze the brake pads against the surface of the brake rotor to slow or stop the vehicle on the roads around Pleasant Hill. When you step on the brake pedal, brake fluid from the master cylinder creates hydraulic pressure on one or more pistons in the brake caliper, forcing the pads against the rotor. Brake calipers don't need to be replaced very often. When they do need to be replaced, here are some of the warning signs you may notice. If a brake caliper is sticking, the vehicle could pull to one side when the brakes are applied. If a caliper is completely seized, serious damage to the brake rotor and other braking components is likely, increasing the potential cost of brake service dramatically. From a safety standpoint, faulty brake calipers may dramatically increase the distance required for you to stop, cause the vehicle to pull to one side, or result in loss of control which could result in injury to you and possibly others. If you are experiencing any of these issues or if you supsect your calipers or other braking components need service, call Smith Automotive, in Pleasant Hill at 515-265-4141, or schedule an appointment online today.