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  • Back in the day, when most cars had , power brakes were not really necessary -- drum brakes naturally provide some of their own power assist. Since most cars today have , at least on the front wheels, they need power brakes. Without this device, a lot of drivers would have very tired legs.

    The brake booster uses vacuum from the engine to multiply the force that your foot applies to the . In this article, we'll see what's inside the black cannister that provides power braking.

  • A hydraulic system, such as the one that powers your brakes, uses an incompressible fluid. This means that, when force is applied to this fluid, it can’t become denser. Instead, it has to move from one place to another. In the case of brakes, this fluid is a special kind of oil that won’t boil at high temperatures or thicken at low ones. Brake fluid is stored in a special reservoir on top of the master cylinder, a device I’ll discuss below. (See FiFigure 2: Brake fluid reservoir and master cylinder

    The brake booster uses vacuum from the engine to multiply the force that your foot applies to the . In this article, we'll see what's inside the black cannister that provides power braking.

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Our "ready-for-the-grave" patient at the start of these installations was a factory-stock '66 Chevelle begging for much-needed upgrades. You could tell that no one had rolled under this car, as the stock bushings were still in place, as were the factory springs, and four-wheel drum brakes. An unsightly and hazardous combination, ABS Power Brake had in the answer to our failing drums in the form of their complete front and rear disc brake package for A-body cars.