Brake Drum Replacement

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Brake Drums

Why would I need a Brake Drum Replacement?

A vehicles brake system consists of wearable and non-wearable parts. Brake pads, brake shoes, brake drums and brake rotors are all designed to wear out. Over the general use of your vehicle you will need to replace these wearable components. Keeping your vehicles braking system function properly is important to your safety.

How do I know I need a Brake Drum Replacement?

Ideally any brake drum machining or replacement that is needed, is done at the same time as a brake shoe replacement. This may not always be the case. When your brake drums need replacement you will typically experience the following symptoms:

  • Increased pedal travel
  • Increased stopping distance
  • Pulsating brake pedal when apply brakes
  • Metallic scraping of squealing noises  
  • Lower brake pedal

You do not want to ignore these brake drum symptoms. If you do it could result in additional damaged parts and a significantly more expense repair.

What are brake drums?

While they are not as common as they once were, drum brakes are still used, on rear of some passenger vehicles. Brake drums are a major component in braking system. The brake drum is made of a cast iron. Inside the brake drum are brake shoes, wheel cylinders, springs and an adjustment mechanism. When you press the brake pedal, Hydraulic Brake Fluid is forced through brake lines and hoses, by the master cylinder. This fluid pushes the wheel cylinders outwards and apply force the surface of the drum, slowing or stopping your vehicle. When you release the brake pedal, the springs pull the brake shoes away from the brake drum.

How much will it cost?

The typical cost for the testing and brake drum replacement is between $170-$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.

What is included:

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

It is highly recommended that brake drum replacement be done in pairs

How it works

Request a service:
Get a quote online or set-up a time to have your vehicle looked at.

Choose your service time:
Pick time slots that work for you, easily, online. We will confirm appointments and send reminders.

Get your vehicle repaired:
No waiting at the shop. Our mechanics bring everything that is needed to you. All you have to do is provided a safe area for the work to be performed.

What what need from you

A safe place to work on your vehicle:
No working on the side of busy roads, No working on unstable or steep surfaces. We do not perform repairs during severe weather.

Authorization from a property owner or management.
If you rent please ensure work can be performed where your vehicle is. If your repair work is being done in a parking lot or at your place of employment, please ensure you have permission to have work performed. We do not do repairs in areas restricted by law.

Are you in our service area?

Our primary service area is greater Grand Rapids, including Comstock Park, Kentwood, Walker and Wyoming.

We will travel, to other locations in west Michigan including Holland, Kalamazoo, Muskegon and their surrounding areas.

What our customers say:

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Overall rating out of 3 Google reviews

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Kassidy Garza
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I contacted SEVEN auto shops and none responded. Aaron actually reached out to me through Yelp & I am SO THANKFUL HE DID!! Him & his partner came and were able to get my alternator done in two hours! Also charged way cheaper than one shop quoted me for. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

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Edixx Avey
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They are not good at there job they need more practice at what there doing they need to go back to mechanic school

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Richard Alvarez
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I was expecting to pay for at least service just replacement of screw need I say more

Based on 3 reviews
Kassidy Garza
Kassidy Garza
I contacted SEVEN auto shops and none responded. Aaron actually reached out to me through Yelp & I am SO THANKFUL HE DID!! Him & his partner came and were able to get my alternator done in two hours! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!
Lisa Mclean
Lisa Mclean
got my egr valve, hood supports, and new keys programmed on a chrysler 300 for way cheaper than the dealer, and was very easy because they come to you.
Brandon Carpenter
Brandon Carpenter
not recommends
is not licensed or insured and will break your car no more