There are two kinds of brakes that stop your car or truck while driving: disc and drum brakes. Almost all vehicles come with emergency brakes and anti-lock brakes. NR Tire Shop in Schaumburg, Illinois services all makes and models of cars, light duty and medium duty trucks. So whether your car or truck needs brake pads, rotors or your brake system needs service or repair you can count our mechanics to get the job done right.
Disc brakes consist of a brake rotor which is attached directly to the wheel. Hydraulic pressure from the master cylinder causes a caliper (which holds the brake pads just outside the rotor) to squeeze the brake pads on either side of the rotor. The friction between the pads and the rotor causes the vehicle to slow and stop.
Drum brakes consist of a brake drum attached to the inside of the wheel. When the brake pedal contracts, hydraulic pressure presses two brake shoes against the brake drum. This creates friction and causes the vehicle to slow and stop.
Emergency brakes, also known as parking brakes, are a secondary braking system that work independent of the service brakes. While there are many different kinds of emergency brakes (a stick lever between the driver and passenger, a third pedal, a push button or handle near the steering column, etc.), almost all emergency brakes powered by cables which mechanically apply pressure to the wheels. They are generally used to keep a vehicle stationary while parked, but can also be used in emergency situations if the stationary brakes fail.
Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) are found on most newer vehicles. If the stationary brakes are applied suddenly, ABS prevents the wheels from locking up in order to keep the tires from skidding. This feature is especially useful when driving on wet and slippery roads.