How to Buy a Good Quality Brake Drum

The introduction of disc brakes beginning in the 1970s eclipsed the older, more outdated technology of the drum brake. This style, however, is still used in some cars today, most often on the rear brakes and typically in order to reduce manufacturing costs. These drums get worn down over time and will inevitably need replacing.

Signs that it is time to perform this repair include a “soft” pedal – meaning when you try to brake, you have to push harder than normal to come to a stop. You may also feel an uneven pressure, like a pulsing sensation, when applying the brake pedal. This results from grooves created by wear on the inside of the drum.

You want to be sure you’re getting the best drum for your money, because your family’s safety – as well as that of others on the road – depends on it. You want a good combination of durability and heat dissipation, as the brake drum is exposed to a lot of friction.

Keep a few things in mind to make sure you’re getting a good quality brake drum:

  • Material: Look for aluminum drums with a steel or iron interior liner. All cast iron brake drums are available, however, aluminum is lighter and offers fade reduction. Aluminum also conducts heat better.

  • Balance: Make sure your brakes are evenly balanced; you’ll want even weight distribution for optimal braking.

  • Warranty: Ask about the warranty. Different brands offer wildly varying warranties so you’re better off shopping your warranty according to the seller. For example, AutoZone offers a two-year warranty on its Duralast drums, while BrakePerformance.com provides a lifetime warranty on theirs. Balance your budget restrictions with a warranty that suits your needs.

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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.

Guillermo

15 years of experience
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Guillermo
15 years of experience
Chrysler Pacifica V6-3.5L - Brake Drum - Denver, Colorado
Guillermos was very courteous and informative. He keep me updated on his arrival time. Did a great job in a timely manner. Would definitely recommend him

Josten

15 years of experience
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Josten
15 years of experience
Dodge Dakota V8-4.7L - Brake Drum - Victorville, California
Josten was on time for every appointment, and stayed as long as necessary to complete his job. He did a very thorough inspection of my vehicle and was totally honest in his findings. He gave me a reasonable estimate for my repairs, and even ended up saving me money and charged me less than the original quote. I HIGHLY recommend Josten to anyone needing a mechanic. I've referred my family to him, and I will definitely hire him again if I need to. Thank you, Josten.

Peter

25 years of experience
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Peter
25 years of experience
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!

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