Brake shoes carry the friction linings for a drum brake system. Drum brakes are usually only present on the rear wheels of more modern cars or on the front wheels of older cars. They are held in place by a system of springs and two brake wheel cylinders which push them against the inside of the steel brake drum when the brakes are applied.
Brake shoes are usually manufactured from cast steel with an asbestos-free friction surface which will create dust as they wear. It is important that the drum is periodically removed to clean this dust and check the thickness of the shoe. Failure to undertake this maintenance could result in glazing on the surface of the shoes which will reduce brake efficiency or damage to the drum if the shoes are allowed to wear excessively.
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