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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 differences between brake pads and brake shoes is how they are installed. In the case of cars that already have rotors and discs, replacing the brake pads and discs can be done rather easily. In the case of older cars, however, it may be necessary to replace the rotors and pads instead of the discs. This is because stopping power comes from the force of the brakes working together with the brake lines. Therefore, if there is brake failure, it can often make it far easier to determine which of the brake lines is causing the problem.

The size and shape of the pads and the thickness of the pads will have an effect on the amount of friction that is created. The thicker the pads, the less friction is created, therefore allowing the brake pads to last longer. When buying the brake pads and shoes, make sure to choose a supplier that offers extras like extra shims. The shims allow you to mount the pads closer together so that there are fewer gaps between the tires. This will reduce the amount of wear and tear on the vehicle's brake system and will extend the life of the brake pads and shoes.

The goal is to create as little friction as possible, therefore minimizing heat build-up and overall degradation of the brake pads and shoes. To maximize the performance of the brake pads and rotors, make sure to choose a supplier that offers reliable after-sales service and warranties. If you need brake system repair, give our auto repair shop a call today!