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Want to learn more about Brake Shoe replacements?

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

What are brake shoes on a car?

If your car has brake drums, it will have brake shoes which are mounted inside it. Brake shoes are similar to brake pads as when the brake pedal is applied they will come into contact with the surface of the drum to slow a vehicle

What does a brake shoe replacement involve?

  • Mechanic will inspect the brakes and establish if there is any issues with one or several of the brake shoes.
  • Mechanic will establish if the brake shoe's thickness is within the required tolerances.
  • If necessary, the mechanic will replace the brake shoes.
  • The mechanic will advise if other parts of the brake system need replacing too.
  • Mechanic will test drive the car and inspect the brake system to ensure it is in perfect working order.
  • Mechanic will make adjustments if necessary.

Can I replace the brake shoes myself?

Unless you are a qualified mechanic with the required skills, training and equipment to do the job, we strongly recommend a brake shoes replacement is only carried out by a professional mechanic. ClickMechanic can help get you a vetted and local mechanic to carry out the work. Just enter your postcode and your car's registration number at the top of this page and select the work needed to get an instant fixed price up front.

What are the symptoms of worn brake shoes?

  • When the hand brake does not work properly.
  • If you hear a squealing or scraping from a rear wheel during braking.
  • When the car pulls to the right or left under braking.
  • When the car becomes unstable under braking.

How long will a brake shoes replacement take?

A brake shoes replacement typically takes 1 hour, but can take less or more time. Ultimately, the time that the job will take depends on a range of factors. For example, your vehicle's make and model, year, as well as other factors. Select your car at the top of this page for information on job time and cost for your vehicle through ClickMechanic.

How often should I replace brake shoes?

Over time, the brake shoes can wear out due to the friction that it has to endure each time you brake. Brake shoes can wear to such an extent that the rivets holding the friction plate to the rest of the shoe can get exposed. Each time you brake in this scenario the rivets can potentially score the contact surface inside the drum. This damages the brake drum as well, which would need to be replaced too to ensure effective braking.

How common is a brake shoe replacement?

Brake shoes replacement is not as common as brake pads as less braking force is applied to them in comparison to the front brakes. However, as the brake shoes are made of relatively soft material, it’s inevitable that, in time, they will wear away. Just like your tyres, the harder you drive and the more you use your brakes, the more often you will need to have the brake shoes changed.

How can I extend the lifetime of my brake shoes?

The way you drive can have a significant effect on how long you can drive between two brake shoe replacements. Using common sense, driving carefully, and anticipating the hazards on the road ahead are the best ways of doing this.

The earlier you can brake when you need to slow down or stop, the less pressure you will need to apply on your foot brake, and so the less pressure you put on your brake shoes, and the more slowly they will wear.

Frequent, hard or emergency braking will always take a greater toll on the compound of your brake pads and lead to the risk that you will need to replace the brake shoes more often.

How long do drum brake shoes last?

The way you drive can have a significant effect on how long you can drive between two brake shoe replacements. Using common sense, driving carefully, and anticipating the hazards on the road ahead are the best ways of doing this.

The earlier you can brake when you need to slow down or stop, the less pressure you will need to apply on your foot brake, and so the less pressure you put on your brake shoes, and the more slowly they will wear.

Frequent, hard or emergency braking will always take a greater toll on the compound of your brake pads and lead to the risk that you will need to replace the brake shoes more often.

Can I still drive with worn brake shoes?

If the brake shoes have worn beyond the legal limit or the manufacturer recommended limit or have otherwise worn and been compromised and no longer are able to guarantee optimal brake performance and safety then book a mechanic to check and replace the brake shoes where necessary. If you experience any untoward characteristics in your braking, book a diagnostic inspection immediately and do not drive the vehicle. Driving with bad brake shoes can impair brake performance and safety, and can be lethal.

How do I know if my rear brake shoes need replacing?

Typical symptoms that require the brake shoes to be replaced:

  • When the hand brake does not work properly
  • If you hear a squealing or scraping from a rear wheel during braking
  • When the car pulls to the right or left under braking
  • When the car becomes unstable under braking

How do you change rear brake shoes?

There is a number of steps involved in replacing the brake shoes, there are variations between manufacturers, the basics are pretty similar. Hence, changing brake shoes is a routine repair for all mechanics and can be done both kerbside as well as in the workshop, providing it is safe to do so.

Can you replace just rear brakes?

Yes, you can just replace the rear brakes if it is just the rear brakes that have worn, this has been professionally diagnosed and is safe to do so. A professional mechanic can advise on which brake parts need replacing, they can check the brakes and advise on the next steps for your brake repair.

Are worn brake shoes an MOT failure?

Yes, worn brake shoes can cause an MOT failure. For example if they have worn below the legal limit, are contaminated (with oil or grease) or are incorrectly mounted.

How much does it cost to replace brake shoes?

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

Check out the ClickMechanic price for a brake shoe replacement, and find out what you would pay at a franchise dealer. We use industry standard data & millions of data points so you know what you should be paying. These estimates may include Front brake shoes, Rear brake shoes and/or Rear brake shoes. We have brake shoe replacement prices for 49 different manufacturers.

Name ClickMechanic Click Mechanic average Franchise dealer estimate

Alfa Romeo

£176 £233 - £242 Get exact price

Audi

£141 £159 - £267 Get exact price

Austin

£117 £170 - £170 Get exact price

BMW

£138 £167 - £246 Get exact price

Chevrolet

£94 £139 - £169 Get exact price

Chrysler

£119 £144 - £218 Get exact price

Citroen

£162 £210 - £321 Get exact price

Dacia

£119 £163 - £199 Get exact price

Daewoo

£90 £139 - £166 Get exact price

Daihatsu

£114 £195 - £205 Get exact price

Dodge

£126 £171 - £171 Get exact price

DS

£100 £155 - £155 Get exact price

Fiat

£130 £149 - £259 Get exact price

Ford

£140 £162 - £254 Get exact price

Honda

£106 £176 - £182 Get exact price

Hyundai

£105 £144 - £174 Get exact price

Infiniti

£235 £283 - £283 Get exact price

Isuzu

£136 £170 - £235 Get exact price

Iveco

£189 £327 - £360 Get exact price

Jaguar

£185 £245 - £280 Get exact price

Jeep

£127 £163 - £202 Get exact price

Kia

£134 £135 - £189 Get exact price

Land Rover

£146 £207 - £248 Get exact price

LDV

£121 £177 - £219 Get exact price

Lexus

£139 £176 - £214 Get exact price

Maserati

£210 £278 - £278 Get exact price

Mazda

£104 £124 - £194 Get exact price

Mercedes-Benz

£203 £276 - £340 Get exact price

MG

£106 £141 - £206 Get exact price

MINI

£156 £175 - £226 Get exact price

Mitsubishi

£135 £154 - £247 Get exact price

Nissan

£127 £136 - £229 Get exact price

Peugeot

£148 £205 - £252 Get exact price

Peugeot Talbot

£182 £313 - £316 Get exact price

Proton

£96 £164 - £167 Get exact price

Renault

£143 £173 - £261 Get exact price

Rover

£111 £147 - £217 Get exact price

Saab

£130 £164 - £191 Get exact price

SEAT

£106 £160 - £200 Get exact price

Skoda

£123 £162 - £222 Get exact price

Smart

£130 £167 - £213 Get exact price

Ssangyong

£124 £207 - £207 Get exact price

Subaru

£96 £100 - £198 Get exact price

Suzuki

£111 £136 - £206 Get exact price

Toyota

£111 £140 - £213 Get exact price

Vauxhall

£109 £134 - £196 Get exact price

Volkswagen

£130 £182 - £231 Get exact price

Volvo

£131 £178 - £216 Get exact price

Yugo

£108 £155 - £155 Get exact price

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  • Microcar
  • Metrocab
  • Hummer
  • Reva
  • Asia
  • TVR
  • Ferrari
  • Morgan
  • Buick
  • Lamborghini
  • Pontiac
  • Carbodies
  • Mitsubishi Fuso
  • Moskvich
  • Bentley
  • Cadillac
  • Ford US
  • Aixam
  • Daimler
  • FSO
  • Maybach
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Santana
  • Tata
  • Great Wall
  • Piaggio
  • Perodua
  • Porsche
  • Aston Martin
  • Lada
  • Lancia
  • Lotus
  • London Taxi's International

Estimates on repair costs, such as the above results for a brake shoe 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 Shoe 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.

£97.76

Brakes shoes replacement - rear (all)

Vauxhall Corsa
Bathgate
£91.09

Brakes shoes replacement - rear (all)

Ford Transit Connect
Dudley
£123.01

Brakes shoes replacement - rear (all)

Ford Maverick
Salisbury
£178.50

Brakes shoes replacement - rear (all)

Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Telford

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