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Different brake types have different parts and require different maintenance. Knowing the differences will help you choose the right kind of brakes. To learn more, see our Braking Guide.

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How Master Cylinders and Combination Valves Work

The master cylinder provides the pressure that engages your car brakes. Learn how the master cylinder works with the combination valve to make sure you can brake safely.


How Regenerative Braking Works

 How Regenerative Braking Works

Regenerative braking is a highly efficient process. Check out HowStuffWorks for information about how regenerative braking works. See more »

When I put my car in park what really keeps it from moving?

 When I put my car in park what really keeps it from moving?

With your car in park, you can feel safe it won't roll down that hill. Learn how putting your car in park keeps your transmission from spinning. See more »

Could anti-lock brakes detect a flat?

 Could anti-lock brakes detect a flat?

Wouldn't it be nice to get some warning before a tire went completely flat? Good news -- anti-lock brakes could make it possible. But how? See more »

How Truck Brakes Work

 How Truck Brakes Work

Truck brakes have to be big and powerful to stop the truck and its payload. Learn all about truck brakes at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Engine Brakes Work

 How Engine Brakes Work

Engine brakes are controversial because of their noise-levels. Check out HowStuffWorks for a great explanation on how engine brakes work. See more »

How Emergency Brakes Work

 How Emergency Brakes Work

Emergency brakes can be very helpful is used properly. Find a great explanation about how emergency brakes work at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Air Brakes Work

 How Air Brakes Work

Air brakes aim to stop trucks, trains and buses from crashing. Learn why air brakes, not hydraulic brakes, slow these modes of transportation down. See more »

Brake Pictures

 Brake Pictures

The brake picture gallery has images of brakes from different vehicles and motorsports. Check out these spectacular brake pictures. See more »

How Anti-Lock Brakes Work

 How Anti-Lock Brakes Work

Anti-lock brakes allow a car to stop quickly on slippery road conditions. Learn about anti-lock brakes and find out how an anti-lock brake system works. See more »

How Power Brakes Work

 How Power Brakes Work

Power brakes are fairly ingenious machines -- these systems allow you stop a car with a simple twitch of your foot. Take a look inside the black cannister that provides the power. See more »