Brake shoes are positioned only at the rear wheels in cars with a drum brake system. When you step on the brake pedal, brake shoes press against the brake drums to cause friction that slows down the car. Brake shoes usually last twice as long as brake pads.
Facts to Note:
Both brake shoes should be changed at the same time.
Damaged brake drums and leaky wheel cylinders can sometimes cause damage to brake shoes, so those elements may need changing as well.
How to Fix:
Inspect brake shoes for contamination and thickness.
Replace brake shoes if abnormal.
Adjust the brakes.
Inspect springs, backing plate, brake cylinders, brake drums, and emergency brake cable.
Grease the backing plate.
Perform basic safety inspection, including test drive.
It is a good idea to get the brake shoes examined and measured once a year. To check brake shoes, the mechanic will usually have to remove the tire. If you are getting a brake service, and if the brake shoes are still good, just have them cleaned and adjusted. Get your brake system checked if the brake warning light is on. If the shoes need substituting, we highly recommend ceramic brake shoes.
Common symptoms indicating you may need to change the Brake Shoes (Rear):
Noise from rear brakes.
Hand brake does not hold.
Car shakes upon braking.
Importance of this service:
All services linked with proper function of your brakes are vital. In addition to safety issues, ignoring small repairs can lead to more expensive problems.