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3 Types of Brakes You Should Know May 29, 2019

Bryan Station, Lexington-Fayette Northeast
3 Types of Brakes You Should Know, Lexington-Fayette Northeast, Kentucky

When it comes to automotive safety, few parts are more important than the brakes. While the general process of pressing on the pedal to slow down is the same in each vehicle, the brakes themselves can vary significantly. Here is a closer look at some of the most commonly used braking systems.

What Are the Different Types of Brakes?

1. Electric

Many modern braking systems utilize an electrical control unit that works in conjunction with hydraulics. Anti-lock systems are the most common type of electric brakes. Using sensors that monitor the actions of each wheel, this system provides individual control to the wheels to keep your car from skidding while braking.

2. Hydraulic

brakesHydraulic brakes are the most commonly used type in modern passenger cars and use fluids in conjunction with mechanical action to slow down the car. While disc brakes press the pads against the system’s rotor to reduce the rotation of your wheels, they also depend on the power supplied by braking fluid. Modern drum systems also typically use hydraulic power. 

3. Pneumatic

For larger vehicles, particularly semi-trucks, buses, and tractor trailers, a pneumatic braking system is used. Rather than using fluid to provide hydraulic power, these systems use air to activate the vehicle’s disc or drum brakes. The air pressure supplies more stopping power, making it better suited for heavy loads.


Whether you need new brakes or replacement belts and hoses, you’ll find quality parts at Smyth Automotive. Serving Ohio and Kentucky for over 50 years, their 24 locations offer a wide selection of original equipment manufacturer and aftermarket parts. To learn more about the inventory at this auto parts store, visit them online or call (513) 528-2800. For more tips and tricks, tune into their podcasts for all devices. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more posts and information.

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