What’s the Difference Between Disc and Drum Brakes?

Brakes

We Offer Expert Services for Both Types of Braking System to Keep Your Car Stopping Smoothly.

There are few systems in your car that are as important as the braking system. This system protects you and all the other drivers on the road from serious accidents and allows you to stop your car in your driveway when you get home after work. For this reason, it is very important for you to keep your brakes properly maintained. The staff a Rolling Auto Service is always happy to help with all your brake repair needs.

Different Types of Brakes

There are two main types of braking systems: disc brakes and drum brakes. Both systems use friction to slow your car down, but each one applies that friction differently. Some cars have disc braking in the front and drum braking in the back. Here are some important differences between these two systems.

Drum Braking
Drum braking is common on older cars and trucks. This system has a drum with brake shoes inside. This drum rotates along the inside of the wheel. When the brake peddle is applied, the shoes are forced against the sides of the drum to slow the rotation. As the drum slows, so does the rotation of your tire.

Disc Braking
Disc brakes have a rotor that spins on the inside of the wheel. A caliper holds the brake pads above the rotor. When you step on the brake, the caliper squeezes the pad against the rotor, which creates friction and slows the rotation of your wheels.

If you need someone to help you keep your brakes working in excellent condition, contact our office at 941-493-6511 and schedule an appointment today. We offer professional services for both types of braking systems.