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Drum brakes use brake shoes to provide the necessary fiction material to stop a vehicle. Unlike disc brake systems, drum brakes rely on springs to move the shoes away from the drum lining.  Drum brakes always rely on either self (most common) or manual adjusters to keep the shoes the proper distance from the drum lining.

Over time the shoe material is worn away. The hardware that holds the brake shoes in place, and the springs that return the shoes the proper location also wear out over time and should be replaced with every set of shoes.

Signs of worn brake shoes:

  • Grinding, squealing, or screeching sound 
  • Vibration or pulsation when applying brakes
  • Having to press the pedal further to engage
  • Grinding, squealing, or screeching sound 
  • Having to press the pedal further to engage

How much will it cost?

The typical cost for the testing and replacement of brake shoes is between $140-$320 for parts and labor.

This price range is averaged across all passenger vehicles. The actual cost depends on your specific make, model and year. Depending on your specific vehicle, this cost may be lower or higher. This cost estimate is for the specific repair listed and doesn’t include additional, related items that may require repair.

Here is what is included:

  • Replacement of drums
  • Inspection of related components.
  • Replacement of brake shoes if needed
  • Replacement of brake hardware if needed.

Book your appointment

Ready to set up your repair appointment? The whole process can be completed online.  Simply choose a day and time that works for you. Let us know what service you need or what your car issues are. 

You will be contacted with an estimate and the ability to confirm your appoint. We will even send you a reminder.