Brake Drum

By David Sturtz, April 14, 2008

The brake drum fits over the brake shoes and rotates at wheel speed. When the brakes are applied, the brake shoes are forced against the inside of the brake drum, which causes the brake drum to stop rotating. This is what slows down and stops your vehicle.

Symptoms of Wear or Failing Brake Drum

  • Grinding and/or scraping noise when brake is applied
  • Excessive brake pedal travel
  • Brakes "grab" when applied, causing one or both rear wheels to skid


Brake Drum Related Repair Advice


  • Almost without exception, drum brakes are used only on the rear wheels
  • We recommend resurfacing the brake drums when the brake shoes are replaced
  • Brake repairs are commonly offered at promotional prices that may be lower than the RepairPrice Estimate. Make sure you understand exactly which services are included/excluded in the advertised price.

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