Orange County Car Brakes Made Simple

The sound of screeching tires means different things to different people. To most people, it means something has gone wrong: a missed turn, someone getting cut off by a thoughtless driver or some other emergency on the city streets. If you are driving on the freeway and suddenly encounter a wall of red tail lights; you would want to hear the violent screech of tires as your foot slams down the brake pedal. The noise and the distinctive smell of brake fluid indicate that the brakes did their job and kept you from another collision.

Orange County Brakes

Every vehicle is equipped with brakes in Orange County. An Orange County brake is a device which slows down and stops the rotation of the wheels in a moving vehicle. Vehicles like trains, trucks, cars and bicycles use friction brakes. Friction brakes use friction between the brake pad and the wheel to prevent the wheel from turning.

Whenever a friction brake is applied, it generates a lot of heat in Huntington Beach. This heat needs to be safely dissipated away from the Orange County brake pads in order to prevent overheating of the brake pads. Brakes lose their effectiveness at higher temperatures; hence brake systems are designed for optimum heat management.

How many types of car brakes are out there?

The drum brake and the disc brake are the two kinds of brakes most commonly used in automobiles. Brakes of both kinds rely on hydraulics to activate. The hydraulic system commonly uses brake fluid in order to transmit pressure and trigger the brake pads.

Drum and disc brakes both work by generating friction between the wheel and the brake. A drum brake works by constricting the brake shoes located on the inside of a wheel. This action causes friction to be generated between the shoe and the wheel and the wheel slows down.
The disc brake, on the other hand, works by clamping down on the rotors of the wheel itself. Disc brakes are not prone to “Brake Fade”. Drum brakes lose their efficiency dramatically when immersed in water or used in rainy conditions, this is known as “brake fade”. Disc brakes have superior braking efficiency in wet conditions because, unlike drum brakes, they do not trap water even when immersed. Disc brakes also have a much superior heat management mechanism. This results in a better braking performance due to quicker heat dissipation.


Both drum and disc Fountain Valley brakes can cause an automobile to skid during a panic stop. This may lead to the driver losing control of the vehicle. The first antilock brake system (ABS) was introduced in the United States in the year 1985. The ABS uses a microprocessor and wheel sensors to detect a skid as soon as it begins to occur. ABS then controls the individual Fountain Valley brakes on each wheel using a separate brake circuit to stop the wheel from skidding. The entire process is controlled by a microprocessor and the correction happens within microseconds. Within just five years of its introduction in the American car and truck market, the ABS system was available in 25% of all new vehicles. Today, this safety feature is factory fitted on 90% of all vehicles sold in the US market.

Orange County Brakes used in Trains and heavy vehicles

Heavy vehicles such as buses and trucks use compressed air instead of brake fluid in their Buena Park brake systems.
Trains use a very different type of brake. Invented in 1869, by George Westinghouse, this brake system does not involve the use of hydraulics to apply the brakes. Instead, it uses compressed air to prevent the brake from activating. In this system, the Buena Park brakes are automatically applied whenever there is a loss of air pressure.

The main reason for failure of hydraulic brakes is the loss of hydraulic fluid. The Westinghouse air brake system automatically applies brakes whenever the air pressure in the cylinder drops. This makes the air brake system less prone to leaks in the brake lines and makes it much more reliable than regular hydraulic brakes.

Regenerative Brakes

Modern electric cars use a very different kind of braking system called regenerative brakes. This system uses magnets to create opposing forces between two moving parts. The magnets convert the momentum of the wheels into electricity. Just like in a generator. When the driver is not accelerating, the electric motor of the vehicle changes into an electric generator. The generated electricity can subsequently be used to recharge the onboard batteries. That is why, this kind of braking system is called a “regenerative braking” system.

As the means of transport becomes faster and faster, more effective braking systems will be needed. Aircraft, for example, use flaps and spoiler surfaces to slow down when flying or on the ground. The evolution of braking systems is far from coming to an end.

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