Category: Car Maintenance

What Are The Differences Between Drum Brakes And Disc Brakes?

When purchasing a new or used vehicle, the car buyer should ensure that he or she understands the potential maintenance issues the vehicle could have. One of the most vital components of any vehicle is the braking system, and vehicle owners should know the benefits and drawbacks of the two main types of vehicle brakes: drum brakes and disc brakes. Choosing Between Drum Brakes And Disc Brakes A drum brake system is a small round drum with a set of braking “shoes” inside. The drum rotates alongside the vehicle’s wheels, and when the driver applies the brakes the braking shoes compress against the inside of the drum to slow the vehicle. By comparison, a disc braking system includes a metal disc with brake pads that spins within a wheel. When the driver applies the brake, the brake pads press against the disc and slow the vehicle. Many vehicles actually feature … Read More