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CALIPER

Definition: A hydraulically activated device in a disc brake system, which is mounted straddling the brake rotor (disc). The caliper contains at least one piston and two brake pads. Hydraulic pressure on the piston(s) forces the pads against the rotor.
Related Terms
Brakes
Brake Bleeding
Brake Drum
Brake Fluid
Brake Job
Brake Lining
Brake Pad
Brake Rotors
Brake Shoe
Parking Brake
Master Cylinder
Wheel Cylinder

Related Resources:

DIY: Disc Brakes
These instructions will help you change the disc pads on most popular vehicles. Be sure to READ these instructions completely before you begin.

DIY: Drum Brakes
This is a good job for a moderately skilled DIY. It only takes about three hours to do and will save you quite a few bucks. Plus you will get the satisfaction of saying "I did it myself!"

DIY: Wheel Cylinders
Here's a good job for the DIY that's easy and will save you a few bucks.

Bargain Brake Jobs
Your brakes are the most important part of your vehicle. You need to be sure the job is done completely and correctly.

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