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What is The Difference Between Brake Pads and Brake Shoes?

What is The Difference Between Brake Pads and Brake Shoes?

Brake pads and brake shoes have their differences but both combine to accomplish the same job. Brake pads are a type of anti-lock braking device that helps prevent the wheels from locking during a stop or slow down. Brake shoes, on the other hand, are the type of brake system accessory that provides traction and control. In these systems, brake shoes are placed over a rotary caliper on a drum. The pads on the shoe are squeezed by a rotary caliper attached to a drum to produce the friction necessary to halt the vehicle. Most cars come with this type of brake system but many older cars do not. There is a common misconception that both brake pads and brake shoes are interchangeable. This is simply not true. To begin with, brake pads have a different compound composition than brake shoes. They also wear out faster, which causes them to lose their effectiveness at a quicker rate. This leads to drivers wanting to apply more brake force to better control their vehicles. One of the main diff ... read more