How Long Do Brake Shoes (Rear) Last?

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Most of the older cars on the market have two different types of brake systems on the front and rear of them. Generally, the front brakes will be pads and rotors, while the back will be drums and shoes. The rear brakes of a car have to work properly in order to maintain the full braking power needed to bring a car to a stop rapidly. When you press down on your brake pedal, the brake shoes that are located inside of your drums will press against them and help to bring the car to a stop. The brake shoes on your car are only used when the brake pedal is pressed.

For the most part, a person will brake multiple times during a driving experience. This constant friction will eventually lead to the brake shoes wearing out. The brake shoes on your car are designed to last around 35,000 miles, but in some cases they will not make it that far. There are a variety of things that can lead to increased wear on a set of brake shoes, like damaged hardware or warped brake drums. Neglecting to get these elements fixed before replacing the brake shoes will usually lead to them wearing out prematurely. The best way to get to the bottom of what is causing your braking issues is by having a professional troubleshoot the vehicle.

The thickness of the brake shoes that you have is very important due to the increased braking power it can provide. When the brake shoes begin to show signs of wear, you will have to act quickly to avoid any further damages. The following are some of the things that you may notice when it is time to change out your brake shoes:

  • The rear brakes make noise when trying to come to a stop
  • The hand brake on the car will not work properly
  • The car shakes and vibrates when trying to brake

Addressing the issues with your brake shoes is important and will allow you to enjoy the full braking power of your vehicle. A mechanic can replace the damaged brake shoes on your vehicle so that your brake system is in top shape.


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Bernie

50 years of experience
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Bernie
50 years of experience
Honda Accord - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
I specifically asked for Bernie to come back, since I was so pleased with the work he did on our other car. This time I got to meet Bernie personally. He is a kind family-man who exhibited the quiet confidence of someone you would expect with the 50 years of automotive experience that he has. I felt very comfortable giving him the key to my car. Two of my kids (ages two and four) came out to greet him, since they remembered him from his first visit. Bernie is great around kids and was very kind to my two-year old son who was trying to "help" Bernie do his job. Thanks again, Bernie!
Honda Odyssey - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
I was very pleased with Bernie's work, professionalism, and courteousness. Best brake job I have ever had, and I have had many done (and several done myself, but not on this vehicle). This was a maintenance appointment -- not a repair of something broken -- so I was surprised when the brakes felt so much better after Bernie did the work. You can really see the care he took with our vehicle when I examined everything after he was finished. Thanks, Bernie!

Daniel

9 years of experience
17 reviews
Daniel
9 years of experience
Hyundai Sonata - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Sacramento, California
Awesome customer service. On time and answered my questions with patience. Listened to my concerns and made helpful suggestions. Seemed very knowledgeable and experienced. I will be glad to request him again. Thank you!!

Breck

18 years of experience
532 reviews
Breck
18 years of experience
Toyota RAV4 - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Conroe, Texas
Breck was awesome! He called ahead of time and asked if he could arrive early. He was friendly and easy to talk to. He made me feel comfortable with the service he was going to provide and explained things clearly to me. He smiled and made this experience a good one. I will absolutely be booking future appointments with Breck and I will recommend him and Your Mechanic services to others I know. Thank you!

Brian

19 years of experience
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Brian
19 years of experience
BMW Z4 - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Phoenix, Arizona
Brian knows what he is doing and I am so happy yourmechanic.com suggested him for my Z4 car inspection prior to purchasing and even happier he was available to perform my 1st service on the vehicle I purchased. His knowledge on the brand gave him ability to to an in depth inspection and he communicated very well informing me what to prepare for in ownership of my BMW. When he came to perform maintenance on my vehicle he shared so many tips with me. I will absolutely be having Brian come back out when I need future servicing on my car.

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