Drum brakes are tough. There's a reason why most of the big rigs on America's highways still use them—they're long-lasting, and if you don't overheat them, they'll give you strong stopping power for miles and miles. And while the hot new performance cars we love have all switched to four-wheel disc brakes, we're betting there's a vintage car, a beater pickup truck, or a high-mileage commuter in your fleet that still uses shoes. Here's a complete tutorial on how to overhaul your drum brakes.
This video walk-through comes to us , whose excellent channel teaches you how to perform basic car maintenance tasks right in your own driveway. Chris's explanations are straightforward and informative, teaching you the engineering principals behind your car's major components and sharing tips and tricks on how to fix them yourself.
Here, Chris walks us through a full drum brake overhaul, replacing the brake shoes, the wheel cylinder, the self-adjuster, and the drum itself. It's not the most elaborate maintenance job in the world, but Chris shows us some tips and tricks, and ways you can do the job without buying specialized tools. And hey, when it comes to your brakes, it's always good to be extra sure that you're doing the job right.