There are two main types of calipers: floating (or sliding) calipers and fixed calipers. Floating calipers move in and out relative to the rotor and have one or two pistons
Fixed calipers, as the name implies, don't move, but rather have pistons arranged on opposing sides of the rotor.
The 2003 model has different caliper assembly for the brake system of the vehicle. If your Caravan has drum rear brakes, it uses TRW brake calipers. If you have disc rotors in the rear then the front will have "Continental Teves" calipers (Haynes 9-3).
There are no calipers used with brake drums. Brake drums work with curved brake pads pressing against the inside circular surface of the drum when the brakes are applied. These pads are held in place and pushed by a spring and lever assembly that is mounted to a steel plate attached to the wheel or axle of the car. This plate does not move. Calipers are used with disc brakes to hold the brake pads on both sides of the disc brake and to apply them against the disc when the brakes are applied.
You can purchase a disc brake tool for compressing the calipers at any auto parts dealer for about $8.00. You will also need to have the brake fluid filler cap off. You can purchase a disc brake tool for compressing the calipers at any auto parts dealer for about $8.00. You will also need to have the brake fluid filler cap off.
It's pretty straightforward. You will need to change the spindles, brake lines, brake hoses and master cylinder. You will also need to install a proportioning valve from a disc brake car, preferably another Chevelle. Stick with stock calipers and rotors if you intend on using stock wheels because many of the aftermarket disc brake setups have larger rotors and calipers that will NOT work with stock wheels.
no. on the front brake calipers the pistons have to be pushed back into the calipers to make room for the new brake pads. on the rear brake calipers the pistons have to be SCREWED back into the calipers. there are notches on the inner edge of the piston rim. you can engage the notches with large needle nose pliers or a large flat washer. turn the piston clockwise as you face it to get it to go in.
Front disc brake caliper bleeder screw: between 13-18 ft. lbs
Yes! It could have either disc brake pads or brake shoes in the rear. Look behind or through the wheel to see if the car has brake drums and shoes or brake rotors and calipers with brake pads.
If you need to replace the discs or calipers your costs will rise accordingly. You can ... The rear brake pads should last twice as long as the front disc pads.
no but to depress calipers because of parking brake setup screw piston cup in. c clamp will only break the calipers
If the truck has disc brakes on the rear then the park brake shoes are located inside the rear rotors. You have to remove the brake calipers, pads and rotors to access them
take off the tire remove the caliper replace the brake disc if necessary and replace brake pads on the calipers reassemble do this for every tire to wish to change at that time
Calipers that are not operation correctly, dragging the brake pedal which then heats and could distort the discs, Slamming on the brakes. Any of the above are most likely why you have a variation in disc thickness