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How to Buy Good Quality Brake Shoes

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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