If your Toyota has drum brakes, it's far more likely to be equipped with factory-installed brake shoes than with brake pads. The brake shoe is a crescent-shaped piece of steel that's covered with a resistive surface material. When pressed, that material creates the friction needed to slow and stop the wheels.
Types of Brake Shoes
Everyday brake shoes press against the inner surface of the drum brake. With clasp brakes, they press on the exterior. Pinch drum brakes get pressed between two shoes. Finally, band brakes act as a flexible belt that wrap around the drum. No matter what kind your Toyota features, your brake shoes can eventually wear out and begin to fail.
How to Spot Failing Brake Shoes
Fortunately, it's fairly easy to identify bad brake shoes. Signs include:
- A scraping or squeaking noise when you press or release the brake pedal
- Your brakes take longer to respond
- Your parking brake feels loose or isn’t working properly
Genuine Toyota Brake Shoes are Best
If you're experiencing any of these signs, perform an inspection to determine the course of the problem. If your brake shoes are at fault, replace them as quickly as possible. It's easy to find what you need online, especially when you shop for your Toyota brake shoes here in our auto parts center. We only sell the genuine OEM brake shoes that are guaranteed to be compatible with your model, ensuring the precise fit and superior performance you need. Buy now to save both time and money!
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