What are brakes?

You need brakes to stop your vehicle and if they're not working properly, you could end up having a really bad day. Your vehicle has two types of brakes: disc brakes and drum brakes.

Disc brakes

Disc brakes are generally on the front wheels of your vehicle, and work like a vise, closing around the outside of the vehicle's rotor to slow your vehicle down.

Drum brakes

Found on the rear wheels, brake shoes push against the inside surface of a rotating brake drum to slow the vehicle.

Most newer model vehicles are equipped with computer-controlled Anti-lock Braking Systems (ABS) and/or other traction control devices. This safety feature is designed to prevent wheel lock-up and skidding when you apply sudden pressure to your brake pedal.