The Land Rover is more than just a car. It’s a piece of history. Many parts of the original Land Rovers are reused from World War II. The rich history behind this vehicle makes it a car that owners drive with a sense of pride, not to mention the smooth ride and great performance.
However, even the best cars experience problems from time to time. Unfortunately, Land Rovers are somewhat known for issues with their rear brake caliper. This can compromise both the driving performance and the safety of your Land Rover.
Because of the potential for compromised vehicle safety, it is crucial that you take your Land Rover into the shop at your earliest convenience when you notice an issue. After reading this article, you may be able to diagnose a rear brake caliper failure and feel confident in the shop you choose to have repair your Land Rover.
Warning Signs of an Issue with the Rear Brake Caliper
Before going through the signs of a failing rear brake caliper, it is important to understand how it should work and what can happen if you ignore the issue.
The setup of a Land Rover differs from other cars when it comes to the breaks. For most cars the break system discs are in the front, but for Land Rovers they are in the back. When the system is functioning properly, the wheels are attached to the discs and spin along with your wheels. The calipers create friction between the wheels and rotors, using brake fluid to slow down your vehicle.
Because this system is responsible for stopping your car, it can be very dangerous if it fails. Also, if the problem is ignored it can cause stress on other internal structures, leading to additional damage, which can get expensive.
When your car is experiencing a problem, you can look for these signs as a way of diagnosing the problem. The signs of a rear brake caliper issue include the following:
- Strange noises when you brake: This is one of the more noticeable warning signs. You may hear a high pitched sound when you hit the brakes, as there could be an issue with your brake calipers.
- Leaking brake fluid: Calipers function as a seal that prevents brake fluid from leaking. So if you see a leak near your wheels, this could be a clear sign that the rear brake calipers have failed.
- Reduced braking ability: This is an obvious and very dangerous sign that there is an issue with the rear brake calipers. If you notice trouble while braking, take your Land Rover into the shop immediately or have it safely towed.
- Uneven brake pad wear: If you look at your Land Rover’s brake pads and notice that the wear is only on one side or is in patches, there may be an issue with the rear brake caliper. Normal wear and tear should be distributed evenly across the brake pad.
An issue with the rear brake caliper in your Land Rover is not something to be taken lightly. Because of the dangerous nature surrounding this kind of issue, it is important that it be looked at by a professional upon noticing any of the above symptoms.
Cerrone’s European for Your Land Rover Services and Repairs
Because your Land Rover is a source of pride in the model you drive, it is important that you trust the hands you leave it in for repairs. Cerrone’s European specializes in servicing and repairing Land Rovers, along with some other brands. We pride ourselves on being able to accurately diagnose and fix any issue your Land Rover is experiencing.
Our expert team at Cerrone’s European has full access to the state-of-the-art Global Technical Reference, a database with vast Land Rover repair and product information.
Cerrone’s European is located in Redwood City, California and is dedicated to getting your Land Rover back on the road quickly and safely so you can drive with confidence. Call us today.