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How much does a Brake Drum replacement cost?

Labour times and part prices vary depending on the particular vehicle, but to give you an idea here are some examples.

Car Franchise Dealer estimate Independent Garage estimate ClickMechanic ClickMechanic Saving
Car2002 Skoda Fabia Franchise Dealer Est.£136 - £269 Independent Garage Est.£102 - £213 ClickMechanic Est.£102 - £213 Saving22%
Car2011 Ford Fiesta Franchise Dealer Est.£352 - £389 Independent Garage Est.£275 - £304 ClickMechanic Est.£275 - £304 Saving21%
Car2002 Land Rover Freelander Franchise Dealer Est.£427 - £472 Independent Garage Est.£321 - £355 ClickMechanic Est.£321 - £355 Saving24%
Car1999 Renault Clio Franchise Dealer Est.£206 - £265 Independent Garage Est.£152 - £201 ClickMechanic Est.£152 - £202 Saving24%
Car2005 Rover 25 Franchise Dealer Est.£217 - £242 Independent Garage Est.£155 - £174 ClickMechanic Est.£156 - £175 Saving27%

Want to learn more about Brake Drum replacements?

Read our short guide with information on costs, symptoms and more.

What are brake drums?

Brake drums are often used on the rear of smaller and lower specification vehicles instead of brake discs. The drums rotate with the wheels and provide the surface for the brake shoes to act against when the brake pedal is pressed.

How do brake drums work and what are the components?

When the foot brakes are applied, the hydraulic fluid forces the wheel cylinder pistons out, which in turn forces the brake shoes to come into contact with the inside of the brake drum. This friction then slows the rotational speed of the drum and therefore slows the wheels.

How do you know there is something wrong with the brake drums?

Due to the wear areas being inside the drum and therefore invisible, it is difficult to ascertain whether there is an issue or not. Therefore we recommend having an inspection carried out by a mechanic if you have any concerns.

When should you consider changing the brake drums?

In reality, only when advised to do so by a mechanic after an inspection or during a brake shoe replacement.

Brake drums are supplied and fitted in axle pairs (i.e. rear). It is equally important to have new brake shoes fitted at the same time otherwise any wear pattern on the shoes from the previous drums could severely reduce the contact area between the two. This is so important that no mechanic would consider doing otherwise.

How common are brake drum replacements?

Brake drums do not tend to be replaced as frequently as brake discs. In some cases, brake drums can last the lifetime of a vehicle! However, if the brake shoes become excessively worn, damage can occur to the brake pad application surface, in which case the drum would need to be replaced.

How can I extend the lifetime of my brake drums?

As with most parts of your car, the less pressure you put on any part of your car’s brakes, the longer they will last. If you carry heavy loads frequently, or tow a caravan for example, your brake system will come under greater pressure than it would otherwise and as such the discs may wear prematurely. Therefore, removing unnecessary weight from the vehicle will not only improve your fuel consumption, it will reduce the wear on the brakes.

Also consider your driving style. Anticipating the road conditions ahead, keeping your speed as constant as possible, and thereby avoiding sharp braking are all likely to lengthen the interval between brake drum replacements.

What happens when brake drums are replaced?

  • Mechanic will remove the brake drum and inspect the brake shoes, wheel cylinder and actuating mechanism.
  • Mechanic will establish if the brake drum's thickness is within the required tolerances.
  • If necessary, the mechanic will replace the brake drum along with a new set of brake shoes.
  • Mechanic will advise if other parts of the braking system need replacing too.
  • Mechanic will test drive the car and inspect the brake system again.
  • Mechanic will make adjustments if necessary.

How much do brake drums cost to replace?

The cost of a brake drum replacement depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having your brake drum replaced by ClickMechanic, by selecting your car at the top of this page!

How much does a Brake Drum replacement cost?

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These estimates may include Rear brake shoes and Rear brake drum

42 manufacturers for Brake Drum Replacement

Name Clickmechanic Click mechanic average Independent garage estimate Franchise dealer estimate

Alfa Romeo

Parts costs: £169.74 - £211.51

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 9

£226

£200 - £206

£263 - £271

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Audi

Parts costs: £138.22 - £237.31

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# of quotes: 38

£223

£160 - £238

£209 - £318

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BMW

Parts costs: £133.20 - £233.58

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# of quotes: 26

£248

£172 - £244

£238 - £331

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Chevrolet

Parts costs: £215.62 - £389.19

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# of quotes: 51

£360

£248 - £373

£324 - £487

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Chrysler

Parts costs: £234.92 - £311.46

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# of quotes: 66

£284

£268 - £292

£347 - £377

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Citroen

Parts costs: £181.23 - £405.44

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 874

£346

£225 - £414

£304 - £558

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Dacia

Parts costs: £634.01 - £850.24

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# of quotes: 40

£756

£667 - £749

£826 - £932

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Daewoo

Parts costs: £207.47 - £266.79

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# of quotes: 10

£290

£254 - £271

£341 - £365

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Daihatsu

Parts costs: £174.89 - £248.48

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# of quotes: 2

£262

£224 - £256

£308 - £346

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Dodge

Parts costs: £300.07 - £360.08

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# of quotes: 2

£326

£328 - £329

£415 - £417

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DS

Parts costs: £360.47 - £432.56

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# of quotes: 2

£455

£411 - £411

£534 - £534

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Fiat

Parts costs: £134.32 - £303.50

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# of quotes: 802

£230

£162 - £302

£216 - £401

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Ford

Parts costs: £197.02 - £381.95

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# of quotes: 2960

£311

£230 - £367

£302 - £480

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Honda

Parts costs: £114.03 - £138.64

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# of quotes: 64

£165

£147 - £148

£202 - £204

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Hyundai

Parts costs: £168.04 - £312.32

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# of quotes: 183

£268

£201 - £309

£267 - £410

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Jaguar

Parts costs: £144.61 - £188.24

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# of quotes: 3

£228

£196 - £211

£275 - £296

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Jeep

Parts costs: £155.04 - £245.75

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# of quotes: 29

£223

£171 - £254

£219 - £344

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Kia

Parts costs: £248.51 - £577.30

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# of quotes: 132

£449

£281 - £530

£363 - £675

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Land Rover

Parts costs: £331.97 - £478.96

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# of quotes: 272

£411

£365 - £448

£464 - £577

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LDV

Parts costs: £208.07 - £286.45

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# of quotes: 21

£266

£238 - £288

£309 - £384

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Lexus

Parts costs: £296.63 - £355.96

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# of quotes: 1

£408

£346 - £346

£454 - £454

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London Taxi's International

Parts costs: £116.97 - £140.36

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# of quotes: 1

£172

£151 - £151

£209 - £209

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Mazda

Parts costs: £274.97 - £402.41

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# of quotes: 91

£345

£302 - £384

£384 - £500

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Mercedes-Benz

Parts costs: £193.59 - £236.66

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# of quotes: 40

£300

£237 - £246

£319 - £334

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MG

Parts costs: £165.13 - £198.15

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# of quotes: 3

£204

£209 - £209

£285 - £285

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MINI

Parts costs: £123.99 - £148.79

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# of quotes: 1

£191

£165 - £165

£230 - £230

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Mitsubishi

Parts costs: £207.97 - £366.41

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# of quotes: 99

£327

£241 - £354

£315 - £464

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Nissan

Parts costs: £214.71 - £375.12

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# of quotes: 454

£305

£247 - £362

£323 - £473

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Peugeot

Parts costs: £211.25 - £441.56

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 1008

£347

£249 - £417

£330 - £539

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Proton

Parts costs: £138.05 - £165.66

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 1

£207

£188 - £188

£266 - £266

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Renault

Parts costs: £216.57 - £514.58

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# of quotes: 615

£399

£255 - £478

£336 - £612

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Rover

Parts costs: £161.46 - £203.08

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# of quotes: 34

£212

£205 - £213

£281 - £290

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Saab

Parts costs: £110.76 - £132.91

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# of quotes: 1

£193

£160 - £160

£231 - £231

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SEAT

Parts costs: £142.97 - £209.90

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# of quotes: 329

£195

£165 - £224

£215 - £308

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Skoda

Parts costs: £142.97 - £243.25

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# of quotes: 249

£208

£165 - £252

£215 - £341

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Smart

Parts costs: £217.94 - £381.98

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# of quotes: 70

£314

£234 - £367

£294 - £480

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Subaru

Parts costs: £229.82 - £561.94

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# of quotes: 3

£439

£259 - £517

£334 - £660

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Suzuki

Parts costs: £185.65 - £335.19

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# of quotes: 111

£309

£213 - £334

£277 - £444

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Toyota

Parts costs: £163.99 - £281.90

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# of quotes: 425

£251

£197 - £284

£262 - £380

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Vauxhall

Parts costs: £166.07 - £324.72

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 1171

£270

£193 - £325

£254 - £433

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Volkswagen

Parts costs: £144.22 - £240.97

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 721

£220

£166 - £250

£217 - £339

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Volvo

Parts costs: £96.80 - £116.16

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 1

£165

£146 - £146

£214 - £214

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Estimates on repair costs, such as the above results for a brake drum replacement, are created by combining data from multiple third-party sources. The actual cost of using your local repair providers may be outside of the estimated range. We provide estimates on repair costs for information only and accept no liability for any inaccuracies or errors. If you think an estimate is incorrect, please contact us to let us know.

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Recent Brake Drum replacement quotes

These recent quotes were taken from our quote engine which uses third-party industry standard data on repair times, along with a live parts retailer, and a regional labour rate to build an accurate free quote. We are constantly improving our quote engine, so please let us know if a price seems incorrect.

£313.51

Brake drums & shoes replacement - rear (both)

Fiat Grande Punto
Burgess Hill
£165.22

Brake drums & shoes replacement - rear (both)

Volvo S60
Worcester Park
£169.49

Brake drums & shoes replacement - rear (both)

Honda Jazz
Yarm
£328.22

Brake drums & shoes replacement - rear (both)

Vauxhall Corsa
Ipswich