How Long Does a Brake Drum Last?

The front and rear brakes on a car take a lot of abuse over time. On most older vehicles, the front brakes will be discs, while the rear ones will be drums. The drum brakes on a car are an essential part of having maximum braking power. Over time, the drums and shoes on the rear part of a vehicle will have to do a lot of work and may begin to show some signs of wear. When the brake pedal on your car is pushed, the brake shoes on the rear of the car will press against the brake drums to bring the vehicle to a stop. The drums are only used when the brakes of a car are applied.

The brake drums on your car are built to last for about 200,000 miles. In some cases, the drums will wear out sooner due to worn out internal components that put more strain on the drum. As your brake drums begin to wear down, they will actually become smaller. A mechanic will measure the drums to gauge whether or not they need to be replaced or if they can be turned instead. If the damage to the brake drum is bad enough, it will begin to cause problems with the brake shoes.

In most cases, brake drums will be replaced in pairs due to the issues that have one new and one worn drum can cause. When a professional is hired to replace the drums, they will check the wheel cylinders and other parts of the wheel braking system to ensure the drum has not damaged them. Here are a few of the things that you may notice when it is time to replace your brake drums.

  • The back of car is shaking when trying to brake
  • The car pulls to one side when applying the brakes
  • A lot of noise from the rear of the car when trying to bring the car to a stop

As soon as you start to notice that you are experiencing issues with your brake drums, you will need to get the brake drums checked and/or replaced by a professional mechanic.


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Berchel

18 years of experience
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Berchel
18 years of experience
Volkswagen Jetta L5-2.5L - Brake Drum - Bel Air, Maryland
Berchel is very professional, right on schedule and job was completed in a timely manner. I will definitely book service again in the near future.
Jeep Liberty - Brake Drum - Forest Hill, Maryland
Extremely knowledgeable, polite and did a great job! Went above and beyond. We will be requesting his services again anytime we need work done on our cars.

Patrick

15 years of experience
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Patrick
15 years of experience
Ford Escape V6-3.0L - Brake Drum - Santa Ana, California
Patrick was awesome, He arrived at the scheduled time and completed the work in a timely fashion. He also corrected a problem another mechanic had done on my brakes for no charge.
Scion xA - Brake Drum - Richmond, Virginia
I have had 3 different people work on my brakes over the past year and since I started, they haven't been right. Always grinding or squealing - just not right. Enter Patrick. First of all, he arrived right on time. Friendly and personable. He took the time to explain what was wrong with my brakes and why they weren't working. He corrected a major thing that was wrong that was not part of the repair I requested. The things that impressed me the most were that he took the time to show me why my brakes had been funny for the past year and life threatening for the past week. He made it clear that he wasn't leaving until he was sure that my car would be safe when I drove home. I'm so glad I found Your Mechanic and Patrick.

Peter

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Jeep Patriot L4-2.0L - Brake Drum - Sylmar, California
Peter was amazing and really informative on what my car needed. He arrived on time and was quick to get the work done. I definitely recommend him to anyone needing a great mechanic!

Nathaniel

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Ford Taurus V6-3.0L - Brake Drum - Chesapeake, Virginia
Very professional, courteous and knowledgeable. I highly recommend Nathaniel. I would like to request him again if I need repairs in the future.

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