Drum brakes were standard equipment on cars and trucks for decades, then in the 1970s they were relegated to the rear axle by front disc brakes. Today most vehicles have four wheel disc brakes, but drum brakes are still used at the rear on many trucks and non-performance cars. Although disc brakes have many technological advantages, drum brakes generally provide noise free operation and simplify parking brake design.

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      # sp36601
      Aluminum Brake Drum by Cardone Select®. Cardone Select 100% Brand-New Aluminum Brake Drums are designed to outperform traditional O.E. cast iron brake drums. Since aluminum is a lighter material than cast iron, these brake drums provide...
      Aluminum composition resists corrosion and prevents rust from formingAluminum construction provides a lightweight alternative to heavy cast iron – producing a lower-inertia drum that stops quicker
      $81.40
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      # sp8692
      Brake Drum by Wagner®. Wagner Brake premium drums are engineered, tested and certified to perform safely and effectively on today's vehicles.
      Smooth surface finish provides less shoe break-in timeSuperior metallurgy and tighter tolerances resulting in optimal performance
      $3.39 - $142.67
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      # sp5402
      Drum Brake Wheel Cylinder by Motorcraft®. Don't put yourself and your passengers at risk driving with worn-out brake parts. Motorcraft is here to provide you with premium replacement products that feature OEM quality and fit but cost...
      Direct OEM replacementMeet strict Ford Motor Company standards
      $11.24 - $60.71
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      # sp7863
      TRUE Shoes™ Drum Brake Shoes by Beck Arnley®. Beck Arnley parts meet foreign nameplate OE specifications for form, fit and function. Brand's product specialists worl with a network of global sourcing partners so you can install the...
      Matches OE form, fit and functionPremium binders and asbestos-free braking materials
      $17.14 - $68.75
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      # sp7860
      TRUE Metal™ Premium Brake Drum by Beck Arnley®. Beck Arnley parts meet foreign nameplate OE specifications for form, fit and function. Brand's product specialists worl with a network of global sourcing partners so you can install the...
      Matches OE form, fit and functionDirectional finish optimizes break-in and shoe seating
      $17.93 - $95.09
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      # sp4325
      Drum Brake Shoes by Monroe®. These Brake Shoes meet all OE specifications. They are designed to provide optimal stopping power and durable performance on any vehicle, no matter whether it is a passenger car, and SUV, a truck or a severe...
      Offers dependable stopping performance for today's vehiclesFriction bonding requirements to vehicle application
      $9.88 - $43.12
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      # sp4378
      Drum Brake Wheel Cylinder by Dorman®. Direct replacement Wheel Cylinders are designed to fit specific vehicle applications and to ensure a proper fit every time. Normal wear may cause piston seals to leak. Corrosion and pitting can also...
      All Wheel Cylinders are made with high quality EPDM rubber cups and boots for long lasting performanceWheel Cylinder bores are surface tested to ensure an optimum sealing surface for the pressure cups
      $4.31 - $52.21
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      # sp127453
      Blue Drum Brake Shoes by Bosch®. Engineered to match OE design and provide consistent, superior braking performance.
      100% asbestos-free friction formulationsBonded and riveted coverage to match OE method of attachment
      $8.45 - $32.97
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      # sp126038
      1-Click Daily Driver Drum and Shoe Kit by Power Stop®. Power Stop 1-Click Daily Driver Drum and Shoe Kits include a complete set of Power Stop Evolution Premium Coated brake drums, a complete set of brake shoes, the spring/hold-down...
      Designed for exceptional braking powerSecondary post cured for fast break-in
      $59.43 - $220.95
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      # sp32394
      Professional Grade™ Drum Brake Wheel Cylinder by Raybestos®. Professional Grade Wheel Cylinders fit each application as well as the original. Delivers leak-free performance and maximum service life.
      Vehicle Specific Designs: Match OE form, fit and function; superior resistance to heat, corrosion and leakage100% Pressure Tested: Dependable operation and leak-free performance
      $3.85 - $60.46
    • (9 reviews)
      # sp4651
      Premium Brake Drum by Centric®. With OE style casting, OE specification mill balancing, and machined finish, this brake drum guarantees factory fit, form, and function for driver confidence behind the wheel. The item is...
      Original Equipment style castings ensure superior performance and extended service lifeMachined finishes provide cleaner appearance through wheels
      $12.91 - $116.26
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      # sp4908
      Brake Drum by Auto 7®. Does your vehicle vibrate as you're stopping? Do you hear a screeching sound as you stop? Do you have a spongy pedal? Or is your parking brake useless? Auto 7 has the quality parts to repair your Hyundai, KIA or...
      Original equipment quality parts for Hyundai, KIA and GM Daewoo vehicles without the original equipment priceAll parts made where the vehicles are made, South Korea
      $43.19 - $45.02
    • (1 review)
      # sp32353
      PG Plus Professional Grade™ Organic Drum Brake Shoes by Raybestos®. Raybestos Professional Grade Brake Shoes offer a full coverage program that delivers industry leading category coverage to trucks, police, taxi and fleet-type...
      Highest Sheer Strength - Provides highest possible bond integrityEnsures the best contact between shoe and drum
      $10.13 - $116.11
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      # sp11869
      Professional™ Durastop Drum Brake Wheel Cylinder by ACDelco®. Designed utilizing the latest technology, this product by ACDelco features premium quality and will perform better than advertised. Perfect for your vehicle and lifestyle,...
      Engineered to exacting tolerances for outstanding performanceBuilt to fit most cars on the road today
      $6.04 - $65.35
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      # sp7848
      Drum Brake Wheel Cylinder by Beck Arnley®. For one hundred years, Beck/Arnley has been providing premium OE quality parts for vehicles. Beginning with motorcycle parts in 1914 and transitioning to import vehicles in the 1950’s, brand...
      Perfect fit and function is guaranteedMade from the same gauge material as your original part
      $5.45 - $64.02
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      # sp32358
      Professional Grade™ Brake Drum by Raybestos®. Raybestos Professional Grade drums offer full coverage with exclusive access to the Aftermarket’s latest products.
      Meet SAE Standard for Tensile Strength: OE-matched, G3000 qualified material for structural integrity and maximum service lifeVehicle specific designs: Match OE form, fit and function; best operation and ultimate strength; consistent with ISO/TS16949 quality system standards
      $12.66 - $94.41
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      # sp135255
      Service Grade™ Organic Drum Brake Shoes by Raybestos®. Service Grade Brake Shoes satisfy the coverage needs of older vehicles and budget-conscious customers. Delivers safe and reliable performance for everyday driving conditions.
      Broad Coverage - 95% coverage; first to market on select applicationsBest Value - The industry’s most affordable quality line of friction
      $12.97 - $52.51
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      # sp8160
      Autospecialty Drum Brake Shoes by Power Stop®. Engineered and designed to meet the most demanding professional installer, these semi-metalllic brake shoes are post cured to ensure more brake power and shorter break-in time. The shoes...
      Designed for exceptional braking powerSecondary post cured for fast break-in
      $16.38 - $51.03
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      # sp4645
      C-Tek™ Standard Brake Drum by Centric®. Engineered, designed, and manufactured using the latest technologies, this drum will provide OE fitment and performance at a great value. Its configured with G3000 metallurgy and has machined...
      High quality at an affordable priceHighly durable and reliable
      $9.14 - $127.25
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      # sp11787
      GM Original Equipment™ Brake Wheel Cylinder by ACDelco®. Designed utilizing the latest technology, this product by ACDelco features premium quality and will perform better than advertised. Perfect for your vehicle and lifestyle, it is...
      Designed to deliver trouble-free, consistent performanceRight for your vehicle and lifestyle
      $10.89 - $117.77
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      # sp1089
      Brake Drum by Zimmermann®. This product is made of high-quality materials to serve you for years to come. Designed using state-of-the-art technology and with customers in mind. It will meet your needs and deliver great quality at an...
      Perfect to meet your vehicle's power needsMade to strict quality standards for reliability and performance
      $24.67
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      # sp126471
      Coat-Z Brake Drum by Zimmermann®. Quantity per packing unit: 2 Pieces. Since 2008 Zimmermann is offering almost Brake Discs in a coated version named "Coat Z – anti corrosion". Today almost all brake discs and some brake drums are...
      Proven to deliver superior durability and qualityMade to push your vehicle to the next level
      $85.43 - $148.57
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      # sp9297
      Drum Brake Wheel Cylinder by Wagner®. Wagner® Brake products deliver improved OE-design products to the aftermarket giving you the capability to repair and improve a brake system with the finest products possible.
      Innovative engineeringExtensive field testing
      $4.15 - $60.62
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      # sp4644
      C-Tek™ Drum Brake Shoes by Centric®. Engineered and tested to provide superior quality and performance, these shoes also provide improved service life for most import and domestic applications. The 100% asbestos-free friction formula...
      Covers hundreds of the most popular applications100% Asbestos-free formulas
      $6.97 - $29.11
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      # sp4650
      Heavy Duty Drum Brake Shoes by Centric®. Designed for superior stopping power and extended service life, these shoes features specialized friction formulas for really heavy use while maintaining low-noise and dust performance. To match...
      Performance testedFormulated for superior stopping power and extended service life
      $11.63 - $92.63
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      # sp7183
      Premium Drum Brake Shoes by Centric®. To provide excellent fit and reliable performance, these shoes are precision ground and come with OE style pins and levers. With specially formulated and dyno tested asbestos-free formulation, these...
      Premium quality and performancePrecision ground for an exact fit and function
      $9.31 - $51.28
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      # sp10300
      Advantage™ Drum Brake Shoe Set by ACDelco®. ACDelco Advantage Brake Shoes offer outstanding performance at a value price. Chamfered, slotted and shimmed, they are designed to match the Original Equipment part in fit, form and...
      Designed to deliver trouble-free, consistent performanceRight for your vehicle and lifestyle
      $14.66 - $43.02
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      # sp10325
      GM Original Equipment™ Drum Brake Shoes by ACDelco®. When you need high-quality stopping power for your GM vehicle, rely on ACDelco GM Original Equipment Pads and Shoes. Built to meet stringent FMVSS guidelines, ACDelco Brake Pads and...
      Designed to deliver trouble-free, consistent performanceRight for your vehicle and lifestyle
      $3.27 - $316.16
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      # sp11865
      Professional™ Durastop Drum Brake Shoe Set by ACDelco®. ACDelco Professional DuraStop® Bonded Brake Shoes are high-quality replacements for worn factory brakes. Chamfered, slotted and shimmed, they are designed to match the Original...
      Designed to deliver trouble-free, consistent performanceRight for your vehicle and lifestyle
      $12.91 - $184.20
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      # sp4437
      QuickStop™ Drum Brake Shoes by Wagner®. Dependable stopping power is what you can expect with these QuickStop Brake Shoes offered by one of the leading OE & Aftermarket friction manufacturers. These brake shoes are engineered to...
      OE-matched friction formulations and configurations for reliable, like-new braking performance and maximum durabilityDesigned, tested and certified in the USA by Wagner’s OE Engineers
      $7.12 - $59.98




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    A typical drum brake assembly has two “shoes” which provide the metal frame to which the friction lining is bonded or riveted. The shoes are held to a backing plate by hold-down springs and actuated by pistons in a hydraulic wheel cylinder. When the brakes are applied, the friction linings contact the friction surface of the brake drum, which encloses the brake assembly and turns with the wheel. Return springs retract the shoes after brake application.

    The brake drum mounts on the axle or wheel hub, and some drums incorporate the hub. Most brake drums are made of solid cast iron, but there are also steel and aluminum drums with cast iron liners. The machined friction surface on all drums is cast iron. Both steel and aluminum drums are lighter than one-piece cast iron, and aluminum drums run cooler. Some drums have cooling fins cast into the drum and some drums have a coil spring around the circumference of the drum to dampen noise and vibration. Brake drums come in various diameters and depths (width) according to application.

    The friction surface of a brake drum naturally wears with use, which enlarges the inside diameter of the drum. All drums have a maximum, or discard diameter that is usually cast into or stamped on the outside of the drum. It is unsafe to use a drum with a diameter larger than this specification, because it will be too thin to properly dissipate heat and will not have the structural strength to withstand braking force without possibly distorting or cracking. Drums can also be scored from dirt and extremely worn shoes, and become bell-mouthed and develop heat checks, hard spots, and cracks from excessive heat and stress.

    Machining a worn drum may not remove friction surface defects within diameter specifications, and some defects can’t be eliminated by refinishing. Instead of finding out you need new drums while you’re in the middle of the repair, why not be proactive and order a set of our replacement drums so you have everything needed to complete the job? Our replacement drums are made to OE specs, with the proper metallurgy for long life. They’re precision machined for smooth brake operation, and balanced to ensure vibration free performance. We also offer complete drum kits that include drums, shoes, hardware, and wheel cylinders.

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