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Auto Repair: Other Electronic Braking Systems

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Because the brake system is such a vital feature of every vehicle, the technology for creating safer and more responsive systems is constantly developing. Newer electronic braking systems now exist that provide additional advantages, often coupled with ABS. The following sections cover two that are inproduction now. Brake Assist (BA) Brake ... more

Anti-Lock Braking Systems (ABS)

Disc Brakes

Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) are designed to prevent skidding and enable you to keep steering control of your vehicle until you can stop safely. This system also often shortens the distance your vehicle takes to stop and can prevent the tire damage that would result if you had to stop with thewheels locked. ABS comes in two types: two-whe... more

Auto Repair: The Parking Brake

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The parking brake, or emergency brake, is usually attached to a car’s rear wheels. On vehicles with rear drum brakes, the parking brake is usually attached with cables to the rear brakes, as shown in Figure 14-10. These are called integral parking brakes (see Figure 14-11). Although most newer vehicles have self-adjusting systems, if your ve... more

Auto Repair: Disc Brakes

Disc Brakes

Disc brakes used to be found mainly on the front wheels of vehicles, with drum brakes at the rear. Today most passenger vehicles have disc brakes all around. Each brake has a flat steel disc — you knew that, right? — sandwiched between a pair of calipers (see Figure 14-8) or a single caliper (see Figure 14-9). These calipers contain one ... more

Auto Repair: Brake System Basics

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One reason that today's vehicles are the safest in history is that, since 1968, all vehicles come equipped with dual brake systems to ensure that if one set of brakes fails, the other set can still stop your car. Your vehicle also has a dashboard light to warn you if your brakes are malfunctioning. A growing number of modern vehicles not onl... more

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