Glossary of Auto Terms

DriverSide's Car Dictionary has the most comprehensive definitions of automotive terms. This auto glossary can help you decipher what your mechanic is fixing and what the purpose or function of the particular auto part or accessory is for. We have taken the mystery out of automotive service jargon, so that you don't have to.


Drum Brakes

Mostautomotive braking system are operated by either discs or drums. Drum brakes are rare on modern vehicles, and are used only as a low-budget or simpler alternative. Drum brakes work by pressing brake shoes against the inside of the brake drum to make a vehicle stop, and their existence on your car, if nothing else, should make you feel old-school-cool in a Redd Foxx/velvet drapes sort of way.

See Also:
Disc Brakes
Brake Lining
Hydraulic Brakes
Brake Shoes
Brake Drag
Brake Backing Plate
Splash Shield
Brake Fluid

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