4 Types of Automotive Braking Systems and How They Work

Learning about automotive braking systems can positively impact your commitment to routine car care and preventative maintenance. Do you know which type of brakes your vehicle has? Well, there are 4 primary types of automotive brakes, and your car or truck is sure to have one. Continue reading to learn more about disc brakes, drum brakes, emergency brakes, and anti-lock brakes.

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🚩 Disc Brakes

Most cars these days are designed with disc brakes; usually on just the front wheels, but sometimes on all four. Disc brakes contain brake rotors that attach directly to the wheel of a car. Hydraulic pressure is produced by the master cylinder, which then causes the caliper to squeeze the pads on both sides of the brake rotor. This friction, between the rotor and the pads against the wheel, is what makes a vehicle stop.

🚩 Drum Brakes

Drum brakes are called drum brakes because they have a brake drum attached to the inside of a wheel. A brake drum is a spinning, cylindrical, automotive component attached to a wheel. This component is what the brakes shoes press into when coming to a stop. They operate similarly to disc brakes. In fact, most cars these days are equipped with drum brakes on the back wheels, and disc brakes on the front.

🚩 Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)

Many drivers are familiar with anti-lock brakes, or ABS, especially because of how much they are advertised in the media among car commercials. Most modern vehicles are designed with anti-lock braking system, which prevent wheels from locking up upon a sudden impact on the brake. Not only do they prevent tires from skidding when coming to a sudden stop, they allow drivers to stop sooner.

🚩 Emergency Brakes

Also known as parking brakes, emergency brakes are incorporated as a secondary braking system in a vehicle, designed to operate separately from the primary automotive braking system. They come in many forms, depending on the make and model of your vehicle. Common forms include the stick between the driver’s seat and middle console, a third pedal at your feet, a lever near the steering column, and even a push button for modern, luxury vehicles.

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Call Spitzer Automotive Service at 317-253-3331 for ASE licensed car brake repair and service in Indianapolis, Indiana. We specialize in European and British cars, and offer dealership level diagnostics for braking systems, transmission and engine problems, electrical malfunctions, and more. We also provide a wide range of additional auto repair services, including factory schedule maintenance and more. Request a free estimate, today.

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