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The average cost to replace brake shoes is between $199 - $275. Price generally varies based on the type of car you have the type of auto-shop you go to. At NuBrakes, our technicians come to your office or home to do the repair. We don’t markup our parts and have minimal overhead, meaning, we provide you a convenient and low-cost repair option.
It’s important to be in tune with your brake shoes options and how the type of shop will affect the pricing they offer to you. Dealerships will always be the most expensive option for brake shoes replacements. Traditional brick and mortar repair shops will typically provide more affordable brake repair prices than the dealership. However, mobile brake repair services, like NuBrakes, usually provide the best prices because they have significantly less operational overhead… And not to mention, a much more convenient experience… A true win-win.
Brake shoes, similar to brake pads, are a curved piece of metal that hold the ceramic or semi-metallic material which presses up against the brake drum to create friction and slow the roll of the vehicle.
How does a brake shoe work?
Whenever you press the brake pedal down, a cylinder within the drum brake presses the shoe against the brake drum, creating friction. The friction created between the shoe lining and the drum brake is what causes the vehicle to come to a stop. Its common that you’ll find drum brakes on the rear axle of a vehicle.
What are the symptoms related to a brake shoe replacement?
Loud or abnormal noises: Whenever you start to hear a squeaking or scraping noise while braking, it is usually indicative that your brake pads or shoes need to be replaced. You’ll likely hear the noises whenever you compress your brake pedal.
Loose Parking Brake: Often times you’ll find that a loose parking brake is caused by worn out brake shoes and/or drums. Whenever the drum wears out, the brake shoes are not able to strongly grip against the worn drums.
Decreased stopping power: A common symptom of a failing brake shoe is reduced stopping power whenever you compress the brake pedal. As the brake shoes become more worn out, their ability to slow the vehicle decreases.
Is it safe to drive with bad brake shoes?
It is not safe to drive with bad brake shoes. Your braking system is a core component to your vehicle’s safety. If you’re experiencing faulty brakes or feel as if it is just time for a brake shoe repair, we highly recommend having a professional mechanic evaluate your vehicle as quick as possible.
How often should brake shoes be replaced?
Brake pads and brake shoes are among the most important and crucial parts when it comes to maintaining your vehicle. Your brake shoes create the criction that helps your vehicle stop whenever you engage your brake pedal. Your brake shoes should be replaced every 35,000 - 50,000 miles depending on your driving habits, or as soon as you begin to experience abnormal symptoms when braking.
How to replace a brake shoe?
1. Remove the rear wheels and brake drums
2. Remove the brake shoe assembly: Brake shoes are put together as a unit. Within each wheel, you have two brake shoes and one drum, which are held together by a few pieces of hardware (pins, brackets, and screws).
3. Assemble the new brake shoe: We recommend getting the new brake shoe assembled before trying to install it. Otherwise, it can be easy to become confused with the various small pieces of hardware mentioned above.
4. Install the new assembly: First, you’ll need to get the brake shoes over the brackets so that the shoe assembly is properly in place. Once you have that set, you’ll be able to replace the spring loaded pins that hold the assembly on the brake plate.
5. Put the wheel back on the vehicle: Make sure to ensure each lug nut is properly tightened to the OEM’s specifications.
Yes, you can replace a brake shoe by yourself. That being said, replacing brake shoes can be a bit more difficult than disc brakes, given the added pieces of hardware. Alternatively, you can call a service like NuBrakes, we’ll send a professional brake repair technician to your location to do the repair.
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