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Counter Tips: Friction Choice Calipers

Get All the Parts for the Job

  • Master Cylinder

  • Power Brake Booster

  • Hardware Kits

  • Specialty Tools

  • Brake Fluid

  • Pads

  • Hoses/Lines

  • Rotors/Drums

  • Combination Valve

Symptoms of Caliper Failure

  • Pedal vibrates

  • Caliper piston sticking/frozen

  • Seized bleeder valve

  • Erratic braking

  • Brakes pull to one side

  • Excessive pedal effort

Do the Job Right

  • Support vehicle securely
    Use a lift or jack stand, never a jack alone.

  • Always replace calipers in pairs

  • Do not allow caliper to hang by brake line
    Use a piece of strong wire to suspend caliper from frame or suspension.

  • Do not work on more than one wheel at a time
    Work one wheel at a time, using the other as reference.

  • Inspect brake pads
    Replace if worn beyond specifications.

  • Secure pads to caliper
    To prevent brake noise, secure pads to caliper, use anti-squeal compound and/or shims.

  • Inspect rotors
    Resurface or replace if necessary. Use brake cleaner to clean off any grease or oil before caliper is mounted.

  • Inspect brake lines
    Replace brake lines that are cracked or show signs of softness.

  • Flush brake system
    Flushing system removes corrosion, dirt and metal particles which can contaminate new calipers and increase possibility of system failure.

  • Use approved/new brake fluid

  • Use only brake fluid recommended on reservoir  lid, owner’s manual, or service manual. Never use petroleum-based fluids, or mix fluids.

  • Always use new brake fluid from a sealed container. Reusing old brake fluid will return contaminants and moisture to the system which can cause premature system failure.

  • Use approved grease only
    Use only high-temperature, silicone-based grease when lubricating slide-type calipers.

  • Follow CARDONE's easy-to-read instructions
    Follow the step-by-step, fully-illustrated instructions included with every unit. ALSO follow any specific instructions provided by vehicle manufacturer.

Avoid Warranty Problems

  • Unit has never been on a vehicle
    If unit has never been on a car, return to store inventory (do not return to manufacturer). Signs to look for:

    • No evidence of brake fluid

    • No marks or evidence of mounting

    • Unit very clean

  • Check for installer damage
    Signs of improper installation, mishandling and tampering by installer include:

    • Stripped threads

    • Missing parts

    • Broken unit

    • On loaded calipers: missing pads, not CARDONE pads.

  • Defects for warranty consideration
    To qualify for possible warranty coverage, unit must:

    • Have CARDONE color code visible

    • Show no signs of abuse

    • Appear to have been on car

    • Have all parts returned.

  • Important notes

    • Warranty void if unit disassembled

    • Remind customer to always return cores in replacement part original packaging.

  • Beware of cores claimed as defects
    Do not accept unit for warranty if:

    • No CARDONE color code visible

    • Unit is very rusty

    • Unit has missing parts

    • On loaded calipers: not CARDONE pads.

  • Quick check for sticky caliper
    Open bleeder screw/valve. If caliper releases pressure, the problem is not the caliper: check other brake system components.

Use CARDONE Disc Brake Calipers for Long Life & Proven Performance

  • Choose regular premium calipers, or loaded premium calipers (with pads)

  • O.E. quality seals, boots, bleeder screws

  • Hardware included where applicable

  • Meet or exceed O.E. performance

  • 100% computer tested before shipment

  • Coated to prevent rust and extend life

  • Stringent quality control

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