Chapter 15 – Braking System

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Chapter Overview

This chapter focused on: Braking System Purpose; Types of Brakes; Braking System Components; Brake Fluid; Control and Safety Systems; and, Parking Brakes.

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Summary

Hydraulic brake systems use friction to slow and stop a vehicle. Regenerative braking captures kinetic energy to slow down a vehicle. Disc brakes use rotors, pads, and calipers. Drum brakes use drums, shoes, and wheel cylinders. Antilock brakes assist in preventing wheel lockup and provide the operator with maximum directional control. Advanced technological systems such as ABS, TCS, and ESC have been installed on cars to maximize driver control. The parking brake uses a mechanical linkage (cable) or motor instead of a fluid linkage (brake fluid).

Activities and Study Questions

Activities and study questions can be completed in the Auto Upkeep Workbook.

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