The Difference Between Power Brakes and Anti-Lock Brakes

In the 1990s, anti-lock brakes (ABS) were the new standard for vehicle manufacturers. If you have never owned a vehicle that was manufactured before then, you may not realize that there was once a different kind of brake system (power brakes) used. What is the difference between the two? Let’s break it down.

A couple of things happen when you hit the brakes, regardless of the type. The pedal strut is attached to a rod that enters the master cylinder. In an ABS vehicle, the master cylinder is connected to the firewall. For power brake vehicles, it is first connected to a vacuum booster, which is then connected to the