Q: Brakes catch while driving

asked by on March 27, 2018

I drive my truck to and from work about 15 miles through several steep, winding hills and often stop-and-go traffic. The rear drum brakes are less than 2 weeks old - all new hardware, shoes, wheel cylinders, and drums. When I drive though, they feel like they're catching. I can especially feel it when I'm coasting - it's just... catch, go, catch, go or soft brake, go, soft brake, go. Maybe it's the bearings? I can hear it though, the sound of the brakes squeaking/screeching on the catch/soft brake. I hope this is making sense. It's enough to make me look like I'm doing a soft head bang in my car when it happens - lol. No smells, just the squeak/screech and the catching on brand new drum brakes.

My car has 181470 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

The drums should be inspected to see if they are actually round. Another possibility is a high spot on one of the brake shoes. The mechanic who adjusts the valves (ref: your earlier question) can pinpoint the issue for you and assist you.

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