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Listening to your engine roar while handling a tight corner or splashing through the mud in four-wheel drive—it’s the little things that make driving your vehicle a fun experience.

But you can’t forget about safety. Something has to slow you down heading into that corner or stop you when the muddy ground ends—your brakes. No matter how fast your car is off the line, the amount of distance it takes to stop is more important.

How Do Brakes Work When Applied?

For the most part, cars use two different types of brakes, disc and drum. Though each type uses friction to serve the same purpose, the way they work differs.

Disc Brakes
Hydraulic fluid forced from the master cylinder into a caliper begins the stopping process with disc brakes. The caliper contains a piston, which squeezes two brake pads against the disc (rotor) that is attached to the wheel. This friction will slow and eventually stop the axle.

Drum Brakes
Drum brakes work a bit differently. With drum brakes, hydraulic fluid is forced into the wheel cylinder, which in turn pushes brake shoes outward against the drum. That drum is attached to the wheel, and the friction from the brake shoe brings the axle to a stop.

Brake Shoes vs. Brake Pads

So what is the difference between brake shoes and brake pads outside of how they are applied?

Disc Brakes
For one, brake shoes are curved steel and coated with friction material. They can be recycled for future use and tend to be cheaper than brake pads. Pads also contain friction material but the surface is flat.

Drum Brakes
Brake pads are manufactured from several different types of friction materials to suit the needs of drivers.


Brake Shoes vs. Brake Pads

Disc brakes are typically used with the front wheels of all cars, but some vehicles have them on all four. By using pads instead of shoes, they cool faster than drum brakes, which makes them less susceptible to brake fade. Wet weather also impacts the performance of disc brakes less than it does with drum brakes.

Brake Maintenance

How long do brakes last? Always pay attention to the warning light dashboard, odd sounds, and your vehicle’s braking distance. If you start to suspect that your car is having braking issues and you aren’t sure where they are stemming from, bring it to Pep Boys for a Brake Inspection.Unusual braking noises can actually be a big indicator that your brakes may need to be replaced soon.

Brakes are arguably the most important car parts, even if they aren’t fun to think about. With routine checks and the occasional replacement, you can ensure that during those times spent enjoying your vehicle, you’ll never have to worry about when it’s time to stop.