Anglin, Donald L. Consultant, Automotive and Technical Writing, Charlottesville, Virginia.
- Hydraulic system
- Drum brake
- Disc brake
- Power brake
- Antilock braking system
- Traction-control system
- Stability-control systems
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An energy conversion device used to slow a vehicle, stop it, or hold it in position. The two systems are the service brake and the parking brake (Fig. 1), both of friction type. The service brake includes a hydraulically operated brake mechanism at each wheel. These wheel brakes are controlled by movement of the brake pedal, providing braking proportional to the applied pedal force. The parking brake is a mechanical brake operated through a separate hand lever or pedal; it applies parking-brake mechanisms usually at the two rear wheels. Most automotive vehicles have power-assisted braking, where a hydraulic or vacuum booster increases the force applied by the driver to the service-brake pedal. See also: Brake
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