How to Buy Good Quality Brake Shoes

Most cars on the road today have a disc brake system, at least on the front end. Cars used to utilize drum brakes on both front and rear, and some cars today still have a drum system in the rear because it’s efficient and affordable, considering that most of the braking power goes to the front wheels.

Brake shoes are to drum brakes what pads are to disc brakes. They are made up of a curved piece of metal with friction material on the outside curve; when you press the brake pedal this shoe is pressed to the inside of the drum, causing the wheels to stop turning.

Just like brake pads, shoes need to be replaced from time to time when the friction-absorbing material wears down. While brake shoes can be remanufactured (unlike brake pads) the price difference isn’t that significant so it’s typically better to go with new ones.

Tips to make sure you’re getting high quality brake shoes:

  • Choose a trusted name: Brakes are not a system you want to skimp on or take a chance with an unknown brand.

  • Standards and specifications: Make sure the parts meet minimum OEM specifications and standards.

  • Choose a friction material: Composites like carbon, fiber, and steel may not last as long as ceramics but they’re more affordable. Organic friction material is quiet and inexpensive but won’t last as long as ceramic.

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Manuel

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32 years of experience
Nissan Sentra L4-1.8L - Brake Shoes (Rear) - Yorba Linda, California
Shows up on time. great service. with an engine warning light on had an opportunity to sell me things i didnt need instead was honest. highly recommend Manuel
Nissan Sentra - Brake Shoes (Rear) - Long Beach, California
Showed up exactly on time, finished in the one hour he promised. This is the 3rd time Mr. Sanchez has serviced my vehicle, and we have another round scheduled for mid-March. This man is a professional.

Simon

27 years of experience
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Simon
27 years of experience
Ford Taurus V6-3.0L - Brake Shoes (Rear) - Washington, District of Columbia
Very great customer service great knowledge of cars u can ask him any question about a car and he will answer u
Toyota Corolla - Brake Shoes (Rear) - Alexandria, Virginia
Simon showed up early, got the rear brake shoes replaced and got done within the estimated time. Needed this repair to pass state safety inspections and it passed! Would use Simon again for future car repairs. Total price cheaper than the local brick and mortar mechanic.

Scott

36 years of experience
898 reviews
Scott
36 years of experience
Chrysler PT Cruiser L4-2.4L Turbo - Brake Shoes (Rear) - Gilbert, Arizona
Scott is the best mechanic I have had the pleasure to deal with. He went above and beyond to answer all my questions and explain in detail what I needed to have further done. Super friendly and professional. I will continue to recommend him to fellow friends in need of repairs. Thank you for the quality work!!!
Nissan Versa - Brake Shoes (Rear) - Phoenix, Arizona
Scott was great, he went above and beyond to make sure that my car was taking care of. I was hesitant to use this service but now can 100% say I'll use it again. Scott's the best!

William

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Chevrolet Camaro L6-4.1L - Brake Shoes (Rear) - Sun City West, Arizona
William always comes thru with his quality work that is why I would use him again. He was able to replace my rear brakes on my Chevy. No glitches there, job well done ,

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