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Knowing about different brake parts can help you diagnose problems with your car's brakes. To see all of the articles on braking, take a look at our Braking Guide.

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How Brake Calipers Work

The function of a brake caliper is relatively clear -- the caliper forces the brake pads against the rotor to slow or stop the vehicle. But what specific type of caliper does your vehicle need?


How Brake Lines Work

How Brake Lines Work

Brake lines are tubes that carry brake fluid between brake components. Learn all about brake lines at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Why do brake lines have so many bends and loops?

Why do brake lines have so many bends and loops?

Why do brake lines have bends and loops? They do serve a purpose -- learn why your brake lines are shaped with bends and loops and how they keep you safer. See more »

What are the different types of brake fluid?

What are the different types of brake fluid?

Types of brake fluid are differentiated based on their boiling capacity. Learn about the different types of brake fluid and how you should handle them. See more »

How Brake Calipers Work

How Brake Calipers Work

Brake calipers house the brake pads and fit over the rotor. Learn all about brake calipers at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Backing Plates Work

How Backing Plates Work

Backing plates exist in drum brake systems. Learn all about backing plates at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Brake Pads Work

How Brake Pads Work

Brake pads come in a variety of options and are vital to the performance of your vehicle's brakes. Learn all about brake pads at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Brake Rotors Work

How Brake Rotors Work

Most drivers know the brakes on their vehicle have to be properly maintained to remain functional. But how many know that they can select new brake rotors based on the type of driving they do? See more »

How Brake Shims Work

How Brake Shims Work

Brake shims fit between the brake pads and the rotor and cut down on noise levels. Learn all about brake shims at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Brake Upgrades Work

How Brake Upgrades Work

Brake upgrades can dramatically improve your vehicle's braking performance. Learn all about brake upgrades at HowStuffWorks. See more »