Drum Brake Maintenance and Repair

The functions of a drum brake

Brakes that work properly are essential to your safety. It is important to carefully maintain your brakes. In vehicles equip with drum brakes, the brake components are housed inside a drum that rotates with the wheel. Located on the rear wheels, drum brakes are composed of a brake shoe that pushes against the inside of a steel drum to stop the vehicle.

What are the signs indicating a faulty drum brakes?

When it is time to replace brake shoes, it is a straight forward repair. If the brakes are making noises, vibrating, or grinding when braking, have your service advisor check them out.

If you ignore the warning signs, metal brake components will grind against the drum, damaging it enough that it has to be resurfaced or replaced. Taking care of your brakes keep them working safely. Also, you can prevent premature brake repairs down the road.

How often do you need to maintain your drum brakes?

When it is time to replace brake shoes, it is a straight forward repair.  It’s a simple, effective system that requires minimal maintenance and occasional repairs. The technician will perform a brake inspection to see what needs to be done. He can tell you if it is time to replace the shoes, or if there are other brake issues. It’ll probably be necessary to thoroughly clean and lubricate the moving parts. It’s also possible that the drums have reached the end of their service life, the cylinders have seized, or the drum is damaged, all of which will require replacements.   

In some cases, the new shoes we put on will restore your brakes to manufacture specifications. We can also install upgraded parts to increase your stopping power and reduce brake noise and brake dust. We have several options to meet your brake requirements and your budget.

To avoid costly repairs, it’s a good idea to trust a certified NAPA AUTOPRO technician with the preventative maintenance of your vehicle’s brake system. The technician will check that your vehicle’s drum brakes are working properly and make sure your vehicle is safe to drive. 

Learn more about drum brakes from our NAPA AUTOPRO experts in the video below: