Are there brake drums or discs on my car?
What vehicles also have drum brakes?
Drum brakes can be found in heavy-duty trucks, medium and light duty trucks, as well as cars, dirt bikes and ATVs. Because most of the vehicle's stopping force comes from the front brakes, drum brakes are applied to the rear wheels. The heat generated in the rear is therefore significantly lower.
Moreover, why do some cars have drum brakes instead of disc brakes? 6 Answers. Drum brakes are cheaper to manufacture than disc brakes, because there are fewer moving parts and because in the rear the parking brake (which often works by a drum-and-shoe mechanism even on four-wheel-disc-equipped cars) can share a drum with the "regular" brakes.
Do drum brakes come with rotors?
Although drum brakes are simple to set up, they don't shed heat as efficiently as disc brakes. These brakes also require more labor to service. DISC brake system has discs or rotors. They also have pads and calipers. DRUM brake systems include drums, shoes, wheel cylinders, and rotors.
What are the drawbacks of drum brakes
Drum brake disadvantages
- Heavy braking can lead to excessive heating. This can then cause the drum's to distort and vibrate under braking.
- The drum's diameter increases slightly under hard braking. To stop this, the driver must push the brake pedal further.
- Inconsistent brake pedal feel. If the rear brakes are drum brakes, the driver may feel vibrations under braking.
- Hand brake feels loose. If the hand brake requires a hard yank to keep the car from rolling off, chances are the brake shoes need replacing.
- Scraping noise while braking.
- Put on an asbestos respirator.
- Remove the hubcap and loosen the lug nuts.
- Spray the hub of the wheel with a penetrating oil such as PB Blaster.
- Grab the brake drum by the edges and pull it off.
- Note: some brake drums are held on with screws so you will need to remove those first.
- Once the drum is off take a look at it.
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