Toyota of Clermont explains the main types of car brakes

September 16th, 2020 by

Does the thought of car care make you uncomfortable? If you don’t really have a firm grasp of what goes on under the hood, we get it – it can be hard to hand over your car keys and hope for the best. However, there’s a way around that uneasy feeling… learning the ins and outs of what’s going on every time you start your car. Today, Toyota of Clermont is here to explain the basic types of car brakes. Brake service and repairs are critical to performance, and we want to ensure you feel confident when you schedule yours.

The main types of car brakes

Disc brakes: Disc brakes are the most common types of car brakes on modern vehicles. In this system, you’ll find hydraulic fluid, calipers, brake pads, and rotors. When you press the brake pedal, hydraulic fluid is sent through the system to make the calipers come together; this action then pushes the brake pads against the rotors to slow your car’s wheels and bring you to a stop. These brakes are more popular and more widely used because they have better performance capabilities than drum brakes. They dissipate heat better (which means they won’t overheat and lose stopping power) and they also fare better in wet weather – they dry more quickly to ensure they work no matter the conditions you’re driving in.

disc brakes

Drum brakes: Drum brakes used to be the more common of the two, but they definitely have their disadvantages (even though they’re cheaper to replace than disc brakes). These car brakes basically have a brake drum and inside of that drum, brake shoes. When you press the brake pedal, the shoes are pushed down against the drum to slow your car’s wheels. The problem? There are actually two main ones. First, drum brakes can overheat if used too much and too often, leaving you without a way to stop. They also tend to collect water inside the drum when you drive in wet weather. This can lead to both braking issues and also corrosion and rust in the braking system.

drum brakes

Parking brake: Your parking brake – also known as your emergency brake – is a brake that’s hooked up to the main braking system via a cable (it’s usually attached to the rear brakes). This brake is typically used to keep your car in place once it’s parked, like if you park on a hill. However, it can also be a last resort should your main braking system give out and you need a way to stop your vehicle in an emergency situation.

emergency brake

And while they may not be a type of car brake, per se, we can’t not mention anti-lock brakes. Anti-lock brakes technically aren’t a type of car brake, but they are a type of brake technology woven into the braking system. The anti-lock brakes sense the rotational speed of each individual wheel and can control it accordingly. If you have to come to a sudden stop, your wheels may lock up. This can cause you to skid (especially if you’re driving in rain, snow, or ice). If your anti-lock brakes sense this scenario, they’ll send pulses of braking power to the wheel that’s locked up to help it slow down and regain traction with the road.

Call Toyota of Clermont with all of your car brake questions

Have questions? Need brake service or repairs? Toyota of Clermont is here to help. Call our Clermont auto service center at (352) 404-7001 or stop by and see us at 16851 State Road 50, just west of the Florida Turnpike.


Posted in Toyota Service