Is the rear wheel cylinder and the drum the same thing? on 1994 Ford Thunderbird

The two seem to be used interchangably? Or am I misreading the terms?

by in Bellevue, WA on December 13, 2012
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4 answers 4 comments
ANSWER by , December 13, 2012
no, the wheel cylinder has two pistons that push your brake shoes against the drums
COMMENT by , December 13, 2012
Thank You!
ANSWER by , December 13, 2012
no sir, they are both part of your rear brakes but different parts. the wheel cylinder pushes the brake shoes to your brake drum.
COMMENT by , December 13, 2012
Thank You!
COMMENT by , December 13, 2012
Really? Are YOU going to work on your brakes???
ANSWER by , December 14, 2012
Because of your lack of experience you need to spend $26.95 to get all the factory info on your car for a whole year. www.alldatadiy.com Wetry is correct, you are dealing with a life and death repair. To replace the wheel cylinders is not hard with the proper info.
COMMENT by , December 14, 2012
HA!HA! I have no intention of working on my car... I'm not a mechanic. I just wanted to understand the terminology:-) Right now, there is a small leak on the right rear break. Being a woman, I need to know what is necessary to repair the problem, so I don't get over charged. I appreciate RepairPal info,as your input helps me understand better. My bigger concern is the EGR valve causing the engine to surge while at a stop, or when backing up.
ANSWER by , December 14, 2012
the drum works as a friction plate to stop you and the wheel cyl is what extends the brake shoes