An Intro to Brake Components

Ok, they stop your vehicle (you hope). 

That's a given. 

But that's not all. Brakes are a critical component of your vehicle, and as such, are comprised of various other, well...critical components. Let's start at the front: As the weight of the vehicle pushes forward during braking, front brakes step up to the plate and do most of the work to stop your vehicle. In other words, disc brakes on the front axle clamp down to create the necessary amount of friction needed to slow things down. And what creates that friction? Brake calipers against pads against rotors. Moving to the rear axle, you'll most likely find drum brakes. Advantages? Low cost and the ability to integrate the emergency parking brake. (Read more.)

While this is the basic gist of a braking system, many drivers choose to upgrade their brake components for a sporty performance effect. Whether you choose to do this or not, it's important to remember that brakes should always be installed by a competent mechanic. Incorrectly installed breaks can lead to major problems on the road, and we're positive you know what we mean, so don't risk it. (Find a Recommended Installer.)

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