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The introduction of disc brakes beginning in the 1970s eclipsed the older, more outdated technology of the drum brake.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

16 years of experience
97 reviews
Berchel
16 years of experience
Volkswagen Jetta - 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

13 years of experience
404 reviews
Patrick
13 years of experience
Ford Escape - 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.

Christopher

25 years of experience
260 reviews
Christopher
25 years of experience
Dodge Neon - Brake Drum - Valrico, Florida
Excellent appointment. Christopher was super knowledgeable, friendly and courteous. Went above and beyond my expectations. No more repair shop fear for me! Now that feels awesome! Already booked him again and plan to do so in the future as needed. Totally recommend him as your go to car guru for all of your car needs! Thank you Christopher!
Dodge Caliber - Brake Drum - Lakeland, Florida
Had another great experience w/ Christopher today. He's an A+ Mechanic who's gone above and beyond to fix my vehicle and answer all of my questions.

Kris

25 years of experience
3 reviews
Kris
25 years of experience
Toyota Corolla - Brake Drum - Chandler, Arizona
On time. Got the job done quickly. Even showed me some things that need to be fixed. I'll book Kris again!

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