Brake Caliper Facts Quiz

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Brake calipers are essential to your car's ability to stop. Brake calipers squeeze the brake pads against the surface of the brake rotor to slow or stop the vehicle. How knowledgeable are you on brake calipers?

What is the job of a brake caliper?

The job of the caliper is to slow the car's wheels by creating friction with the rotors. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-parts/brake-calipers.htm">How Brake Calipers Work</a>

The loss of brake power as a result of gas build-up inside a brake drum is called:

Older cars and trucks used drum brakes, where the motion of the wheels is slowed by friction between a rotating drum and brake shoes mounted inside the drum. This friction caused heat and gases to build up inside the drum, which often resulted in a loss of braking power known as brake fade. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-parts/brake-calipers.htm">How Brake Calipers Work</a>

How many types of calipers are there?

There are two main types of calipers: floating (or sliding) calipers and fixed calipers. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-parts/brake-calipers.htm">How Brake Calipers Work</a>

Which type of calipers move in and out relative to the rotor and have one or two pistons only on the inboard side of the rotor?

Floating calipers move in and out relative to the rotor and have one or two pistons only on the inboard side of the rotor. This piston pushes the entire caliper when the brakes are applied, creating friction from the brake pads on both sides of the rotor. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-parts/brake-calipers.htm">How Brake Calipers Work</a>

Which type of caliper doesn't move?

Fixed calipers, as the name implies, don't move, but rather have pistons arranged on opposing sides of the rotor. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-parts/brake-calipers.htm">How Brake Calipers Work</a>

Which type of calipers are more expensive?

Fixed calipers are generally preferred for their performance, but are more expensive than the floating kind. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-parts/brake-calipers.htm">How Brake Calipers Work</a>

What is the job of a brake caliper tool?

The job of a brake caliper tool is to retract the piston or pistons back into the caliper so that the brake pads can be easily removed and replaced. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-parts/brake-calipers.htm">How Brake Calipers Work</a>

How do you know when floating calipers need to be serviced?

Floating calipers also need to be serviced if the pins that they slide on begin to stick. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-parts/brake-calipers.htm">How Brake Calipers Work</a>

Where do front calipers attach on a motorcycle?

On a motorcycle, the front caliper attaches to the fork -- the metal assembly that holds the front wheels and suspension in place and supports the handlebars. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-parts/brake-calipers.htm">How Brake Calipers Work</a>

How is the stopping power of a caliper determined?

The stopping power of a caliper is determined by its clamping force -- the amount of force it can apply to the surface of a rotor. <a href="http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-parts/brakes/brake-parts/brake-calipers.htm">How Brake Calipers Work</a>

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