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Is it best practices to always replace brake calipers in pairs? If so, why?

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Brandy Schaffels, Editor at, Inc. Yes, of course, you would always want to replace paired performance components in pairs, whether it's tires, brakes, or headlights.

Think about it like this: If you broke the heel on one of your shoes, would you buy a new pair or just replace one shoe? Think of the wheels on your car as its feet. Both sides need to be in balance! If you wore shoes with different-sized heels, you might have a limp, right? Well, if your car has different quality brake calipers from one side to the other, you'd have something worse than a limp: one side might grab harder than the other, and that could seriously affect your handling. This would be magnified under severe conditions like rain or on slippery surfaces, and could even be dangerous.

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