Bosch claims its eXchange brake calipers are manufactured and tested according to the same quality standards as original parts – but with an outstanding price-performance ratio.
Brake calipers often last as long as the entire vehicle itself. Nevertheless, they are wear parts and must be checked every time the brake system is serviced, repaired or modified – especially in case the vehicle is equipped with floating brake calipers.
To highlight the growing popularity of its its eXchange brake calipers, Bosch technical experts have highlighted some key points about the programme.
Bosch says properly maintained brake calipers feature a service life of approximately 90,000 miles. This only applies if the mechanics make sure they slide properly every time the brake pads are replaced. If necessary, a brake caliper repair kit can be used. It consists of guide pins, screws, protective caps and a special brake lubricant.
If the brake calipers need to be replaced, it is advisable to change them in pairs per front and rear axle. This will prevent uneven wear of brake discs and pads.
Brake calipers must be checked every time mechanics work on the brake system. According to Bosch this recognises minor problems and prevents more serious ones, such as brake fluid leaks caused by multiple parts, brake hose calipers overtime.
Poor brake caliper sliding can also lead to inefficiency in braking and blockage. Bosch says wear on the brake pads sometimes indicate caliper problems. Wear differences between the right and left side of the vehicle often indicate a faulty brake caliper.
In this case, the calipers must be checked if they are partially blocked, or no longer slide properly. They should also be clean. As all brake components are part of the entire brake system, the proper function of all components must be ensured. The use of a brake kit or the replacement of the calipers can reach this outcome.
Brake calipers contain parts made of rubber that are sensitive to climatic fluctuations. Bad weather conditions and salt brought out on the roads in winter make the brakes vulnerable.
During the series remanufacturing of brake calipers, Bosch says all assemblies are checked and revised on the basis of precisely defined specifications. This includes the operation of the handbrake, its adjustment unit, the caliper housing and pistons. Certain components such as, the piston, the seal and the dust cover are always completely replaced by new parts.
A strict quality management system monitors the entire process at Bosch eXchange. The means the replacement parts feature premium quality, Bosch claims.
“Bosch eXchange provides car and commercial vehicle workshops with an extensive range of remanufactured original brake calipers of various manufacturers,” a Bosch technical expert says.
“The program is constantly updated and further developed in a targeted manner to meet the needs of the workshops and their customers.”