There is no doubt about it: Engines are sexy and brakes are not. Engines get all of the attention, and brakes get covered in dust.
But if you want to drive at today’s highway speeds – or just want to drive safely – brakes are what it’s all about.

What do brakes do?
Most people think that brakes stop the car. Wrong! It’s the friction of the tires against the road that slows down and stops a car – the brakes actually stop the wheels from turning. Because most modern cars use disc brakes exclusively, we will ignore drum-type brakes for this article. To simplify things, we won’t get into anti-lock brakes either.

Disc brakes consist of five things:

  • Brake discs (or rotors)
  • Calipers
  • Brake pads 
  • Brake lines
  • Brake master cylinder

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