Anti-Lock Brakes ABS
Automotive Basics

Understanding Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)

An anti-lock braking system (ABS) is a system that prevents the wheels from locking while you are braking. It is a very safe and effective system and the purpose of this is twofold: it allows the driver to maintain steering control under heavy braking and, in most situations, it shortens the braking distance. […]
Disk Brakes
Automotive Basics

Understanding Disc Brakes

The disc and brake pad are the parts of the brake system that do the actual work of stopping the car. Disc brakes can come in several designs. To better understand how the disc brake works, we will go over the components of the brake and the technology behind how a disc brake actually functions. […]
Understanding Power Brakes
Automotive Basics

Understanding Power Brakes

To enhance the efficiency of the braking system a new system was designed called power brake system. It is also called ‘power assisted‘ brakes. This system uses the power of engine and also battery to increase the efficiency of braking system. Earlier power brakes were not required as most vehicles had drum brakes. […]
Automotive Basics

Understanding the Brake Master Cylinder

Deep in the engine compartment, you find the heart of the brake system, the master cylinder. The master cylinder is a hydraulic pump that supplies hydraulic fluid under pressure to each of the wheels. Anything affecting the braking system of a vehicle is of utmost importance to the safety of the passengers. […]
Power Brake Booster - Vacuum Assist
Automotive Basics

Understanding Power Brake Boosters

To understand the principle behind a brake booster, it is important to understand how a basic brake system works. No one would disagree that brakes are essential to the vehicle and safety of the passengers. Most of us haven’t placed much thought behind how it is that our cars stop. […]
Performance Brakes
Automotive Basics

Understanding Performance Brakes

Performance brakes are designed to take much more abuse than normal brake components. For this discussion we are limiting ourselves to disc brakes only for the convenience of terminology. Other forms of brakes exist and the same basic principles we will discussed here exist in those systems too. […]