How Long Do Brake Shoes (Rear) Last?

Apr. 20, 22

Car Brake Shoe

Most of the older cars on the market have two different types of brake systems on the front and rear of them. Generally, the front brakes will be pads and rotors, while the back will be drums and shoes. The rear brakes of a car have to work properly in order to maintain the full braking power needed to bring a car to a stop rapidly. When you press down on your brake pedal, the brake shoes that are located inside of your drums will press against them and help to bring the car to a stop. The brake shoes on your car are only used when the brake pedal is pressed.


For the most part, a person will brake multiple times during a driving experience. This constant friction will eventually lead to the brake shoes wearing out. The brake shoes on your car are designed to last around 35,000 miles, but in some cases they will not make it that far. There are a variety of things that can lead to increased wear on a set of brake shoes, like damaged hardware or warped brake drums. Neglecting to get these elements fixed before replacing the brake shoes will usually lead to them wearing out prematurely. The best way to get to the bottom of what is causing your braking issues is by having a professional troubleshoot the vehicle.


The thickness of the brake shoes that you have is very important due to the increased braking power it can provide. When the brake shoes begin to show signs of wear, you will have to act quickly to avoid any further damages. The following are some of the things that you may notice when it is time to change out your brake shoes.


Common Symptoms Of Worn Out Brake Shoes In Drum Brakes


Brake shoes do live longer than brake pads, and their time for replacement is usually not fixed in terms of mileage. The brake shoes do wear out after a certain duration of time, which suggest that its time for replacement through various alerts.


The more premium and expensive cars have moved to the setup of disc brakes on all four wheels. However, the older generation cars, as well as the budget, oriented compact and many midsize cars still continue to reply on drum brakes for the rear wheels. And given that the brake shoes in the drum brakes tend to live longer than the brake pads in disc brakes, expecting when the drum brakes need replacement is not so fixed.


Thankfully, there are some signals which do indicate that the time has arrived to replace the brake shoes in your car. Following are those symptoms:


Brake noises

These are the most evident signal which suggests that the brake shoes need replacement. The noises from brake drums, in this case, emerge due to the reduced efficiency of drums in absorbing the heat produced while braking.


Weak pedal action  

When the brake shoes are worn out, the amount of force required to press the pedal will be more, and the pedal will travel more with the reduced amount of force. This in turn increases the braking distance of the car, which will clearly signify that the brake shoes need to be replaced. However, this can also be a cause for worn-out brake pads for the front disc brakes.


Loss in the efficiency of parking brake  

Primarily applied only on the rear wheels, the parking brake works due to application of brake shoes against the brake drums. However, even after applying the parking brake, if the vehicle tends to move and you need to apply more force on the parking brake, the brake shoes need to be checked out.


Vibrations on the brake pedal  

When the brake shoes begin to wear out, the brake drums in a whole will start producing vibrations whenever the brake pedal is applied. This vibration is then transferred to the brake pedal, which can be felt on the foot while braking.


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