A sticking auto brake caliper is more than just an annoyance. If ignored, it can lead to dangerous driving conditions and cause serious damage to other brake system components. Even though different problems in the brake system can create similar side effects, there are ways to determine if it is the caliper piston sticking in your vehicle. Mechanics used to recondition the calipers when a problem occurred, but with current hourly labor rates up to and over triple digits, it’s now more feasible to replace the damaged caliper with a remanufactured one.
Test drive the vehicle. A sticking or dragging caliper will not allow the brake pad to disengage from the surface of the brake rotor. Not only does this cause excessive premature brake pad and rotor wear, but the vehicle will be literally driving with the brakes slightly applied all the time.