Drum brakes use friction caused by a set of “shoes” or pads that press outward against a rotating cylinder-shaped part called a brake drum. Although disc brakes are more common in the automobile world, there are some vehicles that still have drum brakes. There are various reasons as to why drum brakes are used over disc brakes. One commonality remains between the two options, they both will eventually need routine maintenance.
Here are some of the most common symptoms of a failing drum brake: no resistance when pressing the brake pedal (you should feel some), grinding or squealing noises when braking and shuttering/pulsing while braking. Many of the symptoms are similar to that of a failing disc brake system.
Whether drum or disc, fully functioning braking systems are crucial to the operation of your vehicle. Have a braking related concern or question? Call Jamestown Automotive today at 616.896.9342 or email us to schedule a consultation.