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Brake Drums

For years, cars had only drum-type brakes on all four wheels. European cars started to equip vehicles with disc brakes in the 1950s. By the mid-1970s, American car makers had converted all cars to front disc brakes. Nevertheless, many cars and light trucks continued through today to use drum brakes in the rear. The basic principle is the same: hydraulic pressure moves pistons which push a friction material against a rotating object, slowing it down.

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Brake drums got their name because it is descriptive: it does look like a drum. In the case of the brake drum, the surface that the brake shoes rub against is on the inside. This has an advantage in that it is somewhat protected from the elements. One disadvantage is that it has a more difficult time shedding heat. The brake drum also is mounted over all the other system components, so any brake service must start with removing the drum from the car.

We aim to provide our customers with the finest Brake Drums the industry can offer, which is why we accept no compromise when it comes to the quality. Created by the most reputable names in the industry, such as Centric, Pronto, Motorcraft, Beck Arnley, Wagner, Auto 7, Carlson, Dorman, Omix-Ada, Crown the Brake Drums we've gathered for you feature precise design and everlasting durability.

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The drum mounts over the wheel studs, and rotates at the same speed and direction as the wheel/tire. The brake shoes and wheel cylinders (with pistons) sit inside the drum. Stepping on the brake pedal pushes the pistons outward. They in turn push the brake shoes outward, into contact with the drum surface. The shoes, wheel cylinder, and springs all mount on a backing plate. When you release the brake pedal, springs pull the shoes away from the drum.

Ideally, the brake shoes stay as close as possible to the brake drum without touching it. In this way, the shoes move a minimum amount before contacting the drum. Many drum brakes now include an automatic adjuster. In the old days, drum brakes needed regular adjustment. Like disc brakes, a complete wearing away of the friction material on the shoes causes a metal-to-metal situation, with damage to the drum. In some cases, the drum can be “cut” and a new smooth surface restored. In other cases, the drum must be replaced.

You will find brake drums made from cast iron or aluminum. You may see drums which have a finned outer surface, the purpose of which is to shed more heat more quickly. Whichever drums you decide you need or want, we have all the choices lined up for you. Visit our online store so that you can be pleasantly surprised at the variety, selection, and value of brake drums for your vehicle.

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If you have owned a car or truck for more than a few months, you are undoubtedly aware that your vehicle's brakes occasionally need replacing. Let's face it, we can be hard on our brakes. Highway speeds, stop-and-go traffic, and heavy cargo loads are some of the more significant factors which increase brake wear.
In this article, we’ll introduce you to the specific tools designed to be used when replacing brake components and servicing your brake system. Having the right tools BEFORE you start working on your vehicle makes these types of jobs quick, easy, and doable for the home mechanic. It also prevents having to put things back together before the job is finished...
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Squealing noise upon brake application is actually caused by a high-frequency vibration of metal rotors, drums, or brake pad backing plates. Excess corrosion that forms over time on non-contact, outer perimeter areas of rotors and drums is a prime cause because rust is looser and less dense in nature – therefore, more likely to create resonation.
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Brake Drums Reviews
Average rating: 5 4.9 - 14 reviews
1986 Ford Thunderbird | Posted by Kevin | (Innisfail, AB)

Carlson has the obsolete parts no one else has. I ordered 5 sets of these parts because not even Ford dealer parts departments sells these parts in Canada, they are obsolete. I was surprised to find these parts readily available & at a very reasonable price. Being that these parts are obsolete, I paid under $100 for all 5 sets. The materials in the kit are top quality, the kit is complete, not a small part missing, the materials used for the springs is not brittle like some aftermarket kits are renowned for. All in all, Carlson has the parts no one else carries, reason enough to buy Carlson Break Kits.

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