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Battle of the Brakes: Disc Brakes vs. Drum Brakes

Battle of the Brakes: Disc Brakes vs. Drum Brakes

Did you know that every vehicle has two front brakes and two rear brakes? Automobiles made before 1970 tend to have drum brakes in both the front and in the rear. In contrast, cars after the 70s tend to have disc brakes on all four wheels or disc brakes in the front and drum brakes in the back. The most prominent similarity between the two brake types is that they are both used in a hydraulic system, meaning they rely on brake fluid to work. They also have brake pads or brake shoes to create the necessary friction to stop when a driver applies pressure to the brake pedal. Now that you know the similarities, let's go over how they differ.   DISC BRAKES Disc brakes utilize a hydraulic clamp called calipers. They also include brake rotors and brake pads. Each disc brake has a brake pad on both sides that push against the metallic rotor when pressure is applied on the brake pedal. Disc brakes are proven to have the best stopping power over drum brakes, which is why they are pre ... read more

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