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What is The Difference Between Brake Pads and Brake Shoes?

What is The Difference Between Brake Pads and Brake Shoes?

Brakes are easy to take for granted; our cars start and stop, and a working brake system is so seamless that drivers hardly give it a second thought. However, understanding your car's setup can make or "brake" your day when brakes go wrong. When it comes to your car's brakes, there are two standard options: brake pads and brake shoes. Both are designed to create friction that stops your car, but they work in different ways. Brake pads are found in disc brake systems and are located in the caliper, which is the component that holds the brake pad against the rotor. When you press the brake pedal, the hydraulic fluid pushes the caliper pistons out, causing the pads to make contact with the rotor. The friction between the pads and rotor slows down your car, bringing it safely to a stop. Brake shoes are found in drum brakes, which are usually located in the rear of the car. When you press the brake pedal, a spring-loaded shoe is forced outward, pressing against the insid ... read more

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