What kind of brakes are on the back?
Disc brakes are found on most vehicles today. They are mounted on the front axle and often the rear as well. To stop a wheel (and your car), a disc brake uses a caliper fitted with brake pads to grab a spinning disc, or rotor.
Are rear drum brakes better than disc?
Though disc brakes rely on the same basic principles to slow a vehicle (friction and heat), their design is far superior to that of drum brakes. Instead of housing the major components within a metal drum, disc brakes use a slim rotor and small caliper to halt wheel movement.
How do rear brake adjusters work?
The adjuster is located under the wheel cylinder. A lever is attached to one of the shoes to adjust the notched wheel. The lever is usually part of the parking brake assembly. There is no pressure on the adjusting screw when the brakes are applied, allowing the lever to turn the notched wheel.
Are back brakes more expensive?
Unfortunately, our world is festooned with imperfections, and higher prices for rear brakes just happens to be one of them. If you have rear disc brakes, this repair (with just the standard pad/rotor replacement) will run $25-$75 higher than the front brake repair, on average.
Are back brakes important?
In other words, the brakes that matter the most are generally going to be the ones at the front of your vehicle, but that is not to say rear brakes are not important, as many newer cars rely more heavily on all four brakes to more evenly distribute energy.
Are rear disc brakes worth it?
There are a lot of reasons you should consider when it comes to upgrading to disc brakes. The main reason is safety. Rear drum brakes are cheaper to produce than disc brakes, and since a vehicle’s front brakes actually do 70 percent of the work, rear brake performance can be sacrificed for cost.
Do rear brakes self-adjust?
They can adjust themselves going forward or backward. Keep in mind that even self-adjusting brakes require 1 initial adjustment. Basically if the brake shoes have to move too far before they touch the drums a pulley spins the adjustment wheel which then takes and adjusts the shoes out a bit further.
Do rear drum brakes adjust themselves?
In a perfect world, drum brakes would self-adjust the way disc brakes do. In disc brakes, the caliper piston extends more and more as the pads wear. Wheel cylinders, however, can’t do this because the cups would fall out before the shoes wore out.