What Are Spread Fingers On Brake Calipers?

Spread fingers are a vital component of brake calipers and play a crucial function in braking systems. These metallic reduction clips are used to alter the position of the brake pads when the brake pedal is depressed.

When the driver presses the pedal, the driver’s fingers separate the brake pads from the disc. This generates the required friction to slow the vehicle. As the driver releases the brake pedal, the fingers push the brake pads away from the rotors, allowing the car to stop completely.

Spreading your fingers is necessary for the safe and efficient operation of brakes. Without them, maintaining the proper level of friction between the pads and the disc would be impossible. Failure to do so can result in hazardous braking situations.


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