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What is the Difference Between Brake Pads and Brake Shoes?

What is the Difference Between Brake Pads and Brake Shoes?

The difference between brake pads and brake shoes is an important one. They both serve similar functions, but their structures and locations are distinct. What Are Brake Pads? Cars have either disc brake or drum brake systems. Brake pads belong to a disc brake system. What this means is that they get squeezed together against a rotor disc, generating enough friction to stop the car. They get squeezed together by what's called a caliper. Brake calipers are the intermediary devices that slow the car's wheels, therefore generating the proper amount of friction. Which Types of Cars Have Brake Pads? Brake pads are the go-to mechanism for front-wheel cars, though are becoming less common as modern cars emerge on the market. What Are Brake Shoes? Brake shoes are part of a fundamentally different car anatomy system, called a drum brake system. The shoes are altogether more efficient, shaped like crescents with material on each side that is designed to generate the proper amount o ... read more

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