2012 Volkswagen Jetta Rear Brake Drum Repair in Beaverton, Oregon

I might have a problem with my brake drum but I don’t have time to fix it. Could I still drive around safely on it?

Unfortunately, it is not safe to drive around if you have a drum brake problem. If you suspect you have a problem with your brake drum then you should get it towed and repaired as soon as you are capable.

What if I’m just getting a prepared in advance replacement during a service check and I think my brake drums are otherwise fine?

If they are being replaced and they are still working and not exhibiting symptoms of being close to failure then you should be fine to drive it to the repair shop.

Ok, I know what brake pads are but what is a brake drum?

A brake drum is not a pad like brake pads. It is actually shaped like a bowl and it has brake shoes instead of pads. The shoes push out which is the reverse of the brake pads. The friction from pushing out is what stops or slows the vehicle down. A brake drum is also connected to the wheel in a very particular way which also helps stop the vehicle.

I’ve heard brake drums are hard to take off, is that true?

Yes. Brake drums are very hard to remove if they have not been removed before by regular service intervals. If they have not been removed regularly then the brake drum has to be unadjusted then hammered off and/or pried off the wheel.

How do I know that my brake drums should be fixed or replaced? Is there a mileage count or a time frame where this makes sense?

Brake drums are usually replaced when you get a brake service. If you are fastidious about getting those done then you should be good to go. However, if you do not then your style of driving and where you drive will be the factors that control how long your drum brakes will last. There is no hard and fast rule on when you should have your drum brakes changed otherwise.

Well, what should I be looking out for if I think that I do have a bad break drum?

The most notable thing that usually happens if a brake drum needs replacing is that the there is a noticeable loss of braking power. The brakes will also be making noise at this point. The noise is because of the heat build up. The heat inside the drum can cause stress fractures in the part. The fractures interact with brake shoes and cause the noises to occur.

Ok, well, how do I contact you if I feel like I want you to look at my 2012 Volkswagen Jetta brake drums?

You can call us at 503-641-4525. You can also visit us at 10925 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton, OR 97005

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