If you know how the brakes on a pushbike work, then you’re halfway there! However, your car brakes function with a few more systems working in sync, such as; the mechanical, vacuum, hydraulic and friction systems.
As you apply pressure to your brake pedal, the pressure gets amplified through the car’s vacuum system and a plunger (piston) is pushed within the master cylinder.
This action then pushes brake fluid through small pipes to each of your car’s brakes, applying a clamping force through the calipers to the brake pads. It is this clamping action that squeezes and slows the rotating brake disks and the wheels they are attached to – bringing you and your car to a smooth and safe stop. Ahhhh!