BRAKE PARTS

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 Backing Plates Work

The next time you slam on your brakes to avoid hitting a cat in the road, you should thank your car's backing plates. These automotive apparatuses keep the entire braking system functioning.

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  • How Backing Plates Work
    How Backing Plates Work

    The next time you slam on your brakes to avoid hitting a cat in the road, you should thank your car's backing plates. These automotive apparatuses keep the entire braking system functioning. See more »

  • How Brake Calipers Work
    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? See more »

  • How Brake Lines Work
    How Brake Lines Work

    The role of brake lines in a hydraulic braking system is clear -- they serve as links between the brake components in your vehicle. But did you know you can choose your brake line material? See more »

  • How Brake Pads Work
    How Brake Pads Work

    It's probably a safe bet that every driver on the road knows that their vehicle needs brakes to slow down or stop. But how many know that they have a choice of brake pad material? 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

    After a night of partying, you drive home and sneak the car in the garage. The only thing that could give you away: noisy brakes. You'll need brake shims to avoid being grounded. See more »

  • How Brake Upgrades Work
    How Brake Upgrades Work

    We seek the best that life has to offer: buying first-class plane tickets, staying in the presidential suite, even getting plastic surgery. So why should we treat our brakes any differently? See more »

  • What are the different types of brake fluid?
    What are the different types of brake fluid?

    Do you know what separates DOT3 and DOT4 from DOT5? Learn the chemical properties of brake fluid types and how they affect your ability to stop your car. See more »

  • Why do brake lines have so many bends and loops?
    Why do brake lines have so many bends and loops?

    Did you ever notice that your brake lines don't resemble a straight line at all? Find out why your brakes are made with all those bends and loops. See more »

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