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Types of Brakes for Cars

In the 1900s before the boom of the automobile industry, mechanical brakes were commonly used, which involved a system of rods, levers, and cables to apply pressure on the brake drums. 

As technology advanced, hydraulic brakes were introduced in the 1920s. These brakes utilized fluid pressure to apply force from the brake pedal to the brake shoes or pads, providing stopping power and better control

Later on, huge technological breakthroughs were made, such as the development of drum brakes, which were widely used until the mid-20th century. These had brake shoes which were enclosed  rotating drums. 

Eventually, disc brakes emerged as a significant advancement in braking power and automobile safety. They worked by gripping a spinning disc. As a result, you get better heat dissipation, improved performance, and reduced wear and tear. 

It is safe to say, today’s braking systems are stronger than ever as many cars feature disc brakes on all four wheels. On the other hand some high-performance vehicles may even have advanced braking systems like carbon ceramic brakes.

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When working with cars as long as we have, you eventually learn a thing or two that you wish you would’ve known earlier. Start here to listen to some of our most intriguing and insightful car stories.

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The General Motors EV1 program, though short-lived, holds a significant place in electric vehicle history. Its roots can be traced back to the early 1990s, a time when concerns about

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