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As a mechanic and longtime Range Rover owner, I’ve had my fair share of experiences with the brand’s infamous reliability issues.
So, when it comes to caring for and maintaining my vehicles, I like to stay ahead of any potential problems.
One question I’ve been asked about recently is: When should a Range Rover’s brake calipers be replaced? Well, let’s dive in and find out.
What models are affected?
- Land Rover Defender
- Range Rover Discovery
- Range Rover Evoque
- Range Rover Sport
- Range Rover Velar
- Range Rover Vogue
When to replace
The general rule of thumb is to replace your brake calipers every 75,000 miles.
However, it’s important to keep an eye out for any signs or symptoms that may indicate the need for earlier replacement.
Signs and symptoms it’s time for a replacement
- Spongy or unresponsive brake pedal
- Vibrations or pulsations when braking
- Leaking brake fluid
- Grinding or squeaking noises when braking
- Uneven wear on brake pads
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s time to take a closer look at your brake calipers and possibly replace them.
List of related OBD codes
- C1155- Front left wheel speed sensor circuit failure
- C1165- Front right wheel speed sensor circuit failure
- C1175- Rear left wheel speed sensor circuit failure
- C1185- Rear right wheel speed sensor circuit failure
- C1234- Speed wheel mismatch
If you see any of these OBD codes pop up, it may be an indication of a brake caliper problem.
What can happen if not replaced
Ignoring the signs of a failing brake caliper can lead to serious consequences, such as:
- Reduced stopping power
- Uneven wear on brake pads and rotors
- Damage to other brake system components
- Increased risk of accidents or collisions
Can it be replaced without a mechanic?
Replacing your brake calipers is no easy task and should only be attempted by experienced mechanics.
It requires specialized tools and knowledge of the specific brake system.
It’s always best to leave it to the professionals to prevent any further damage or complications.
Parts you’ll need to replace it
- Brake calipers (left and right)
- Brake pads
- Brake rotors
- Brake fluid
- Brake hose
Tools you’ll need to replace it
- Jack and jack stand
- Lug wrench
- Socket wrench set
- Brake bleeder kit
- Brake caliper wind-back tool
How to replace it
- First, ensure that your vehicle is on level ground and that your emergency brake is engaged.
- Jack up the vehicle and remove the wheel.
- Remove the brake caliper by loosening the bolts on the backside of the caliper using a socket wrench.
- Remove the old brake pads, and then remove the caliper bracket by loosening its bolts with a socket wrench.
- Remove the rotor and replace it with a new one.
- Install the new brake pads into the caliper bracket.
- Use a brake caliper wind-back tool to move the piston back into the caliper.
- Install the new brake caliper, thread the bolts back in, and torque them to the manufacturer’s specs using a torque wrench.
- Repeat these steps for the opposite wheel.
- Once both sides are complete, bleed the brake system to remove any air bubbles and replenish with new brake fluid.
- Reinstall the wheels, lower the vehicle, and test the brakes to ensure everything is working properly.
What causes brake calipers to go bad?
Brake calipers can go bad due to age, wear and tear, exposure to heat, leaks, and other damage to the brake system.
How long do brake calipers last?
Brake calipers can typically last around 75,000 miles before needing replacement, but this can vary depending on driving habits, environment, and other factors.
Can a failing brake caliper be fixed instead of replaced?
In some cases, a failing brake caliper can be repaired instead of replaced, but it’s often more cost-effective and safer to simply replace it.
Do I need to replace both brake calipers at the same time?
While it’s not always necessary to replace both at the same time, it’s recommended as they can wear at a similar rate and replacing them together can save time and money in the long run.
Last updated and verified on 4th September 2023