Ford Crown Victoria Brake Drum Replacement at your home or office.

Our mobile mechanics offer services 7 days a week. Upfront and transparent pricing.

Estimate price near me

Service Location

Customer Ratings

(225)

Included for free with this service

Online Booking

Mechanic comes to you

12-month / 12k-mile warranty

Free 50 point safety inspection

Our certified mobile mechanics can come to your home or office 7 days a week between 7 AM and 9 PM.

Customer Ratings

(225)

Brake Drum Replacement Service

How much does a Brake Drum Replacement cost?

On average, the cost for a Ford Crown Victoria Brake Drum Replacement is $345 with $212 for parts and $133 for labor. Prices may vary depending on your location.

CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
1993 Ford Crown VictoriaV8-4.6LService typeBrake Drum ReplacementEstimate$619.72Shop/Dealer Price$742.79 - $1073.72
2002 Ford Crown VictoriaV8-4.6LService typeBrake Drum ReplacementEstimate$576.22Shop/Dealer Price$698.31 - $1028.52
2000 Ford Crown VictoriaV8-4.6LService typeBrake Drum ReplacementEstimate$576.22Shop/Dealer Price$698.31 - $1028.51
1997 Ford Crown VictoriaV8-4.6LService typeBrake Drum ReplacementEstimate$557.23Shop/Dealer Price$677.28 - $1005.95
1992 Ford Crown VictoriaV8-4.6LService typeBrake Drum ReplacementEstimate$566.73Shop/Dealer Price$687.84 - $1017.30
1996 Ford Crown VictoriaV8-4.6LService typeBrake Drum ReplacementEstimate$557.23Shop/Dealer Price$677.31 - $1006.01
1999 Ford Crown VictoriaV8-4.6LService typeBrake Drum ReplacementEstimate$564.23Shop/Dealer Price$684.12 - $1012.68
2007 Ford Crown VictoriaV8-4.6LService typeBrake Drum ReplacementEstimate$584.22Shop/Dealer Price$706.69 - $1037.18
Show example Ford Crown Victoria Brake Drum Replacement prices

What are brake drums and how do they work?

A brake drum is a heavy, cast iron brake system part that looks like a shallow, several inches-high cylinder about 9 to 12 inches in diameter. The brake drum has a precisely machined surface all around the interior circumference, that the brake shoes make contact with when you apply the brakes, transmitting hydraulic pressure through the wheel cylinder. This forces the brake shoes outward against the interior of the brake drum, resulting in the friction that causes the car to slow. The brake drum is mounted over, and fully encloses, all of the rear brake components such as the wheel cylinder, springs and clips, brake shoes, and parking brake mechanism. The drum is commonly held to the wheel hub by the wheel and the lug nuts, but some configurations combine the drum with the wheel hub as one unit. Nowadays, a drum brake type system is only installed on the rear axle, if used at all, as 4 wheel disc type systems have become more common.

When to consider replacing brake drums:

  • Reduced braking effectiveness. If the brake drum is unevenly worn, scored or cracked, it will increase stopping distances. A cracked drum must be replaced outright but a worn drum can be restored on a brake lathe so long as enough metal material remains.
  • Pulsating brakes, pulling to one side, vibration or noise. If a brake drum is warped, is unevenly worn, or perhaps the brake shoes have worn down completely — creating metal-to-metal contact — you might detect pedal pulsation, the vehicle may pull to one side, or you might feel a vibration or hear a noise when you apply the brakes. The brake system will have to be inspected to pinpoint the exact problem.
  • Brake shoe replacement. Anytime the brake shoes are replaced, the drum must either be resurfaced or replaced outright. Installing new brake shoes on a used, unresurfaced drum will lead to poor results.
  • Loss of parking brake function. The parking brake locks the brake shoes against the brake drum. If the brake drum is cracked, the parking brake lever will pull up excessively and the car may still be able to roll. However, a more common circumstance is parking brake maladjustment or seizure of parking brake components. Repair of those problems will often require removal of the brake drum.

How do mechanics replace brake drums?

There are two options when it comes to brake drum service: outright replacement or resurfacing. In some cases, it is cheaper to replace the drum rather than refurbish it. In both cases though, the removal and installation procedure for the drum is the same.

  • Raise the vehicle and safely support it using steel jack stands.
  • Remove tire and wheel assembly.
  • Remove brake drum. Sometimes the brake drum has rusted to the wheel hub and removal of the drum will require a brake drum puller. In some cases, the wheel hub is integral to the brake drum, in which case the hub-bearing retaining bolt and the wheel bearing must be removed to replace the drum.
  • Measure the interior diameter of the machined surface in the drum with a brake drum micrometer or similar measuring tool. If sufficient metal exists to resurface the drum on a brake lathe, the mechanic will compare the cost of such restoration to the alternative: buying a new drum.
  • Prior to installing the resurfaced or new drum, the brake shoes, springs, wheel cylinder, parking brake mechanism, and backing plate are all inspected. All worn parts should be replaced. Generally, if drums have been replaced or resurfaced, new brake shoes should be installed. The worn shoes will cause irregular wear in the brake drum and reduce braking effectiveness.
  • The shoes are adjusted and the drum is installed. The wheel and tire assembly are installed and torqued in the proper sequence and the car is road tested to check the operation of the brakes.

Is it safe to drive with a brake drum problem?

No. Should there be a deficiency with the brake drums, stopping distances will not be as short as possible. In a panic stop, stopping just five or ten feet shorter could be the difference between no collision and a collision. Any deficiency in a vehicle’s braking system is a cause for concern and a potential safety issue. Have the brake drums inspected at your earliest convenience to determine if a problem exists and find out what must be done to fix it.

When replacing brake drums keep in mind:

  • With few exceptions, brake work on one end of an axle should be performed on both ends of the axle. Should a brake drum on one end of a front or rear axle be serviced, or brake shoes on one end are serviced, both sides of the axle should receive the same service. This helps to avoid problems, such as pulling, vibration, and so forth, once the vehicle is returned for use.
  • Brake drum systems use very powerful springs to keep the brake shoes in position. These springs are exposed to extreme heat. It is best practice to replace all springs whenever new shoes are installed. Should a spring unexpectedly break in the brake drum assembly, a mispositioned brake shoe could cause the brakes to grab and lock, which would pose a safety issue.
  • If the wheel hub and bearing are integral to the brake drum on your car, the mechanic may recommend replacement of the grease in the wheel bearings and inspection of the wheel bearings.
  • Since the arc of the brake shoes will not perfectly match with the arc of the drum when new, expect a bed-in period before maximum braking efficiency is achieved.

Fast and easy service at your home or office

Backed by 12-month, 12.000-mile guarantee


Meet some of our expert Ford mechanics

Real customer reviews from Ford owners like you.

Excellent Rating

(225)

Rating Summary
208
9
2
1
5
208
9
2
1
5

Roger

14 years of experience
52 reviews
Roger
14 years of experience
Ford Crown Victoria V8-4.6L - Differential Gasket Replacement (Rear) - Pittsburg, Kansas
Roger arrived before the scheduled appointment which was great. He is also a very friendly mechanic and explained in detail any questions I had for him. He was professional and I would recommend him to friends and will likely use his services again!!! Thanks again Roger!!

Caster

28 years of experience
176 reviews
Caster
28 years of experience
Ford Crown Victoria V8-4.6L - Amazon Local Brake Pads Package - Belvedere Tiburon, California

Chris

20 years of experience
448 reviews
Chris
20 years of experience
Ford Crown Victoria V8-4.6L - Windows - Beaverton, Oregon
I’ve had car repairs done by Chris before and everything always went perfectly! This time it was for a few car issues and I was worried about having multiple issues for him to inspect. But not to worry, Chris checked everything out fairly quickly and was able to give me a quote that was reasonable. He showed up on time and he’s very down-to-earth and easy to talk to. I highly recommend Chris for any of your auto repair needs!!!

Diego

21 years of experience
564 reviews
Diego
21 years of experience
Ford Crown Victoria V8-4.6L - Car is not starting - Glendale, Arizona
He was very nice and helpful

Excellent Rating

(225)

Rating Summary
208
9
2
1
5
208
9
2
1
5
Number of Ford Crown Victoria services completed
2475+
services done by our mechanics
TOTAL NUMBER OF EXPERT Ford MECHANICS
1700+
experts on our platform

Recent articles & questions

The Guide to Legal Car Modifications in Idaho
ARENA Creative / Shutterstock.com Whether you live in the state or are planning to move there, Idaho has regulations that cover vehicle modifications that you must follow to ensure that your vehicle is considered street legal when...
P2445 OBD-II Trouble Code: Secondary Air Injection System Pump Stuck Off Bank 1
P2445 P2445 code definition Secondary Air Injection System Pump Stuck Off Bank 1 What the P2445 code means The secondary air injection system is designed to pump outside air into the exhaust in order to help reduce harmful emissions. This...
P0287 OBD-II Trouble Code: Cylinder 9 Contribution/Balance Fault
P0287 P0287 code definition A P0287 Trouble Code indicates cylinder 9 contribution/balance fault. What the P0287 code means In the event of a P0287 code appearing and storing in the vehicle, it means that there is an abnormal reading in...

What is the Global Open Windows system?

If your car is equipped with it, the Global Open Windows system lets you operate the driver and passenger front windows and the moon roof with your remote. Here’s what you need to know: The Unlock button on your remote...

How do I find the button to reset my odometer from trip to actual mileage on my Malibu

Hi there. Most GM vehicles from 2009 to current 2017 models utilize the Driver Information Center. A general introduction to this system can be found by watching this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVD8d3w_mgE), but your owner manual in the glove box should provide...

I have a Acura ZDX 2010 with 90,000 miles when should I replace the timing belt

Hi there. We have a great tool on this website that allows you to search for routine maintenance services (https://www.yourmechanic.com/scheduled-maintenance) for each make and model of vehicle we service. This will show you when the timing belt should be replaced....

How can we help?

Our service team is available 7 days a week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM PST, Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 4 PM PST.

1 (855) 347-2779 · hi@yourmechanic.com