Articles by Paul Zangari

For many drivers, parking brakes are an afterthought — if they're thought of — and that's not good. This too-often overlooked system serves an important purpose. That purpose has nothing to do with emergencies; banish the term "emergency
Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) have been around for more than 20 years, and Uncle Sam says that by 2012 all new cars and trucks will have mandated stability control. Scanners, oscilloscopes and digital volt-ohmmeters are now everyday diagnostic tool
Antilock braking may seem relatively new, but it first was used in aircraft, because the kind of pedal-pumping action once commonly practiced by expert automobile drivers is difficult or impossible in an airplane. The first systems, say some sources,
What sets modern antilock braking systems (ABS) apart from conventional, hydraulic brakes is their electronic controls. Often, barely-measurable amounts of current can make the difference between full antilock brake systems (ABS) functionality and a
When there's a failure in a vehicle's antilock braking system (ABS), the ABS computer is programmed to illuminate the amber "antilock" warning light and allow conventional braking. But how do failures in the foundation braking system affect operation
Rodney Dangerfield had nothing on parking brakes: They "don't get no respect" either. Even in modern vehicles, rear-drum parking brakes are essentially straight out of the 1960s (or before.) And motorists regularly "diss" them, too – not a wise
To many, electrically operated parking brakes are the answer to a question nobody asked. These systems replace parking brake cables and the lever or pedal with a switch, a processor, wiring and actuators. They started coming into common use about six
While a few high-dollar models' electric parking brakes do away with conventional parking brake cables, it's going to be a long time before servicing those cables, and the mechanisms that pull them won't be standard operating procedure. So let's look