When you’re a Porsche owner, you want every aspect of your vehicle to look pristine. However sleek-looking alloy wheels can often be tarnished by scruffy brake calipers. Here at our Porsche garage in Essex, we offer a full refurbishment service to ensure your brake calipers both look fantastic and improve the safety of your vehicle.
The importance of brake calipers
Brake calipers play a vital role in your ability to slow or stop your car at speed. Each caliper works by applying brake fluid pressure, which extends the piston and forces the brake pads against the rotors. This, in turn, creates the high level of resistance required to slow your Porsche’s wheels down, so it’s pretty essential that they are well-maintained and refurbished where necessary.
How do you know when they are worn?
Over time, your brake calipers will be subject to intense heat, which can interfere with the vehicle’s braking and affect its handling. When a caliper becomes worn and defective, there will be some obvious tell-tale signs. One such sign is brake fluid leakage: the seals which normally prevent leakage can wear out, meaning a decreased amount of pressure, making it more difficult to brake.
Other symptoms include squeaking sounds and jerking sensations when braking. If you notice high pitched noises or impact sounds when you apply the brakes, these are potential signs of problems with your calipers. Another sign is your Porsche pulling to the left or right, which suggests a seized piston.
Although calipers do tend to wear over time through general use, lower-quality ones will wear much faster. This is why, here at Porsche Conversions, we only use highest quality calipers to ensure you get the most out of them and can drive with confidence in their safety.
What does refurbishment entail?
Refurbishment entails the braking system being drained of fluid by our specialists, before the calipers are removed. The calipers are then stripped and blasted to remove the old colour, before being refinished to your preference. We offer a wide range of bespoke finishes and colours, including single and dual colour finishes.
While your calipers are being refurbished, it is the ideal time to renew your brake pads (at no extra labour cost!). Once the caliper refit is done, the braking system is road-tested and a system reset is carried out if required.
If you would like to find out more about our brake caliper refurbishment service or any of our other private Porsche repairs, updates, modifications or conversions we offer here at Porsche Conversions in Ilford, Essex, get in touch with us today on 020 8500 9228.