Symptoms of Bad or Failing Brake Shoes (Rear)

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Cost of Replacing Bad or Failing Brake Shoes (Rear)

If your car has drum brakes and there are abnormal noises, a reduced brake response, and a loose parking brake, you may need a brake shoe replacement. 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 Shoe Replacement (Rear). Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2003 Toyota Highlander $133 $63.41 $70.00 21% $170.91
2008 Volkswagen R32 $165 $81.44 $84.00 21% $210.44
2003 Volvo S60 $147 $55.55 $91.00 24% $195.30
2014 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 $188 $117.74 $70.00 16% $225.24
2013 Acura TL $126 $55.55 $70.00 22% $163.05
2004 Mercedes-Benz C32 AMG $146 $76.34 $70.00 20% $183.84
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How to Diagnose Bad or Failing Brake Shoes (Rear)?

Brake Shoes

Brake shoes are the friction element that is used in automotive drum braking systems that are commonly found on many road going cars and trucks. Brake shoes are the curved friction plates that press against the inside of the brake drums to slow the wheels and stop the vehicle. As they work to slow the vehicle using friction and contact, they will wear out over time and need to be replaced. Usually when brake shoes have gone bad or are beginning to have a problem, they will produce a few symptoms that can alert the driver of a potential problem.

1. Abnormal noises

Abnormal noises are one of the first symptoms that are produced when brake shoes are starting to go out. Excessively worn or dusty brake shoes will produce abnormal noises. For example, excessively worn brake shoes may produce a scraping sound, while dusty or dirty brake shoes may produce a squeak. The noises may be heard as the brake pedal is depressed or released, or in more serious cases, any time the vehicle is in forward motion.

2. Reduced brake response

Another symptom of bad or failing brake shoes is reduced brake response. If the brake shoes become excessively worn or overheated, their capacity to slow the vehicle may be reduced. This may result in a vehicle that takes longer to stop when the brakes are applied, especially during high speed or heavy braking situations.

3. Loose parking brake

A loose parking brake is another symptom of bad or failing brake shoes. For vehicles equipped with drum brakes, the brake shoes are what hold the vehicle in place when the brake is engaged. If the shoes become worn or dusty, they may not be able to hold the weight of the vehicle without slipping. You may notice that the vehicle will sag or roll when the parking brake is engaged. This may also be caused by a parking brake mechanism that may need adjustment, so inspecting the brakes is recommended.

Brake shoes are the friction lining that is used with the drum brake systems that are found on many of today’s cars and trucks. Since they are directly what slows the vehicle, if you suspect that your brake shoes may be having a problem, have the vehicle’s brake system inspected by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, to determine if your car needs a brake shoe replacement.

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Tinashe

10 years of experience
28 reviews
Tinashe
10 years of experience
Tinashe was great. He did an excellent job fixing my vehicle and if I have any other issues I will be sure to request him.
2009 NISSAN SENTRA - BRAKE SHOES (REAR) - ROSWELL, GEORGIA

Andrew

8 years of experience
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Andrew
8 years of experience
Andrew was very professional and I couldn't ask for anything better. I got texts when he was on his way, when he got to work, and when he was done. It was so easy. I can't imagine using a physical shop when guys like Andrew are available. My brakes and oil change were done well and there were no extra charges. Great job thank you!
2014 TOYOTA RAV4 - BRAKE SHOES (REAR) - ANNAPOLIS JUNCTION, MARYLAND

Aaron

7 years of experience
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Aaron
7 years of experience
Aaron did a great job. I originally booked for front breaks, but when he arrived for the appointment I decided I wanted to do front and rear breaks. Turns out, I was gonna need rotors, etc. anyway. Aaron booked me for another day, and kept good contact with me as there was a 1 day delay in parts arriving. Turns out the rotors were savable, and Aaron saved me some cash. Excellent experience overall, and more importantly I did not have to sit and wait at a repair shop. Thanks Aaron. I'll be back. I was recommended this service by a friend.
2011 MAZDA 2 - BRAKE SHOES (REAR) - AUSTIN, TEXAS

Howard

27 years of experience
71 reviews
Howard
27 years of experience
Howard did an awesome job on my vehicle. He was on time, and also called early in the week to clarify what I wanted done.
2005 CADILLAC ESCALADE - BRAKE SHOES (REAR) - LAWRENCEVILLE, GEORGIA

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