Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Brake Drum

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Cost of Replacing a Bad or Failing Brake Drum

If your car has drum brakes and you experience an unusual brake pedal feel, abnormal noises, or loose parking brake, you may have to replace a drum. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for Brake Drum Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2011 Jeep Patriot $308 $188.97 $119.00 17% $371.72
2013 Chevrolet Express 1500 $284 $164.82 $119.00 18% $347.57
2008 GMC Yukon $346 $227.36 $119.00 15% $410.11
2005 Cadillac CTS $315 $196.44 $119.00 16% $379.19
2011 Cadillac SRX $349 $229.72 $119.00 15% $412.47
2007 Ford Mustang $275 $176.98 $98.00 16% $327.48
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How to Diagnose a Bad or Failing Brake Drum?

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Drum brakes are a common type of braking system found on the rear wheels of many vehicles. While they serve the same purpose as disc brakes to slow the vehicle, they do so in a slightly different manner. Instead of using calipers to squeeze pads onto a rotor, brake drums use wheel cylinders to push brake shoes against the inside of a brake drum to slow the wheel. As they function using friction and contact, they eventually wear out over time and need to be replaced. When they do go bad or begin to have a problem, usually brake drums will produce a few symptoms that can alert the driver that a problem has occurred.

1. Unusual brake pedal feel

One of the first symptoms of bad or failing drum brakes is unusual brake pedal feel. If the brake drums are worn excessively they can cause vibrations that may be felt in the pedal. Worn drums may also cause shuddering or pulsating that will become noticeable once you step on the pedal.

2. Scraping noises when brakes are pressed

Another symptom commonly associated with bad brake drums is abnormal sounds. If the brake drums become excessively worn, they may give off a scraping or scratching sound when the brakes are depressed. This usually means the brake shoes have also become severely worn, and a close inspection would be required to determine the exact cause of the noise.

3. Loose parking brake

A loose parking brake is another symptom that is commonly associated with bad or failing drum brakes. As the drum brakes wear, the shoes may not be able to squeeze against the inside of the drum as easily, and as a result, the parking brake may not work as efficiently. When the drums are worn, you may notice that the car will slip a few inches after the parking brake is engaged. This may also be caused by a misadjusted brake cable, as well as potentially worn shoes. So it is recommended to have the vehicle properly inspected if you suspect this may be the case.

The brake drums are an important component that is critical to the proper operation of the vehicle’s braking system. For this reason, if you suspect that they may be worn, or may be having an issue, have the brake system inspected by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, to determine if the drums should be replaced.

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Andrew

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Andrew
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Andrew showed up on time and was very efficient in replacing both rear brakes/drums
2004 FORD FOCUS - BRAKE DRUM - LEES SUMMIT, MISSOURI

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24 years of experience
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John is a very knowledgeable mechanic. He arrived on time and completed the service in a very expedient manner. He was professional and pleasant to visit with while he did his work. I would not hesitate to used My-Mechanic again if I knew John would be My-Mechanic
2007 TOYOTA COROLLA - BRAKE DRUM - ALVIN, TEXAS

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I have already referred someone to you for a quote.
2004 ISUZU RODEO - BRAKE DRUM REPLACEMENT - PHOENIX, ARIZONA

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Honest, reliable, and fast will book again! Thanks Fadi!
2002 JEEP WRANGLER - BRAKE DRUM - NATIONAL CITY, CALIFORNIA

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