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Bmw Brake Caliper

Your BMW Brake Caliper may as well be known as your brake clamp, since that's essentially what it does. The brake rotor rotates with the wheel, and the caliper clamps down on the rotor when you apply the brakes, bringing the car to a stop. Of course, it's all a bit more complex that that, but those are your brakes in a nutshell. You have four brake calipers on a car with four-wheel disc brakes, each one holding a pair of brake pads that act as a friction surface against the rotor.

The BMW brake caliper is generally a bulletproof item. There's not much to go wrong inside the caliper, and when it does, it's usually the fault of water. Brake fluid has the unfortunate tendency to absorb water from the air. When this water finds its way into your BMW brake caliper via the brake fluid, corrosion begins to form. The rust and scale that results can score your caliper piston and even seize up the entire works. When that happens, a BMW brake caliper rebuild is the only solution. There's an easy way to keep your brake calipers trouble-free for thousands of miles, though: Flush your brake fluid every 30,000 miles, or at the manufacturer's recommended intervals. Getting the old, contaminated brake fluid out and introducing clean fluid will keep the hydraulic components in your brake system working like new.

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