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 Regenerative Braking Works

Vehicles equipped with regenerative braking systems are able to recapture some of the vehicle's kinetic energy and convert it into electricity. This electricity is then used to charge the car's batteries. How is this possible?

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  • 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 Air Brakes Work

    How Air Brakes Work

    You wouldn't want a big rig packed full of cargo to suddenly lose its brakes barreling down the road. How can air slow down these massive trucks? See more »

  • How Anti-Lock Brakes Work

    How Anti-Lock Brakes Work

    Stopping a car in a hurry on a slippery road can be challenging at best and at worst very scary. Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) help alleviate the danger. Learn how anti-lock brakes prevent skidding, check out what that sputtering is, and find out h See more »

  • How Brakes Work

    How Brakes Work

    We all know that pushing down the brake pedal slows a car to a stop. But how does your car transmit the energy from your leg to its wheels? How does it multiply that force so that it is enough to stop something as big as a car? See more »

  • How Disc Brakes Work

    How Disc Brakes Work

    Disc brakes are the most common brakes found on a car's front wheels, and they're often on all four. This is the part of the brake system that does the actual work of stopping the car. Find out all about disc brakes. See more »

  • How Drum Brakes Work

    How Drum Brakes Work

    The next time your mechanic tells you your brakes need repairing, know exactly what he's talking about. Learn how a drum brake system works, examine the emergency brake setup and find out what kind of servicing drum brakes need. See more »

  • How Emergency Brakes Work

    How Emergency Brakes Work

    It's your first time behind the wheel of a stick shift. You reach a stop sign on a hill and break into a cold sweat. But then your father reaches over and pulls the emergency brake. You immediately feel safe, but what's holding you in place? See more »

  • How Engine Brakes Work

    How Engine Brakes Work

    Engine brakes are used in heavy duty and commercial vehicles to increase speed control. You may recognize the loud blatting sound they make. But despite the noise, engine brakes reduce the occurrence of brake failure. See more »

  • How Master Cylinders and Combination Valves Work

    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. See more »

  • How Power Brakes Work

    How Power Brakes Work

    If you've ever opened the hood of your car, you've probably seen the brake booster. It's the round, black cannister located at the back of the engine compartment on the driver's side of the car. In this article, we'll see what's inside the black can See more »

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