Brake drums rotate with the wheel and house the brake components. When engaged, the shoes push out against the inside of the drum. This cylinder (and other components within the brake system) can wear out. This slows the wheel (and the car, truck, SUV, or minivan). When this system is not maintained or needs repairs, it can cause dangerous driving conditions. Brake drums are very different than disc brakes with rotors, and how they are maintained is in our area of expertise.
Brake shoes commonly wear away from rubbing that occurs when you brake. This common wear and tear that happens on any vehicle. A service advisor should inspect the brake drum anytime there is squealing or grinding during braking. If repair or replacement is needed, it is a very straight forward process for our service techs.
Our inspection will reveal which components are causing the issue. If brake shoes need replacement, we can give you the cost and several options. If it is another vehicle components, appropriate recommendations will be given. If driving continues after the shoes are completely worn out, metal brake components grind against the drum. If the brake drum is damaged badly enough, it will need to be resurfaced or replaced.
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You don’t have to be an expert to know that preventive maintenance is the best way to make sure your vehicle is running properly. Use our interactive vehicle tool to learn about the maintenance and services your NAPA AutoCare Center can provide.