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How much does a Brake Shoe 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
Car2000 Renault Scenic RX4 Franchise Dealer Est.£186 - £205 Independent Garage Est.£119 - £132 ClickMechanic Est.£121 - £133 Saving35%
Car2008 Fiat Multipla Franchise Dealer Est.£202 - £223 Independent Garage Est.£133 - £147 ClickMechanic Est.£134 - £148 Saving33%
Car2009 Fiat Panda Franchise Dealer Est.£110 - £161 Independent Garage Est.£73 - £115 ClickMechanic Est.£74 - £116 Saving29%
Car2005 Fiat Punto Franchise Dealer Est.£144 - £164 Independent Garage Est.£96 - £110 ClickMechanic Est.£97 - £111 Saving32%
Car2000 Hyundai Coupe Franchise Dealer Est.£108 - £119 Independent Garage Est.£73 - £81 ClickMechanic Est.£74 - £82 Saving31%

Want to learn more about Brake Shoe replacements?

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

What does a Brake shoe do?

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

How do brake shoes work and what are the components?

The compound of brake friction material varies between manufacturers to produce different results in terms of durability and resistance. The friction material is cast to a specific shape for the application area of the brake drums and that is then mounted onto a steel backing plate, which again is cast to precisely fit the brake drum that it is going to be used in.

The friction material is typically a mixture of chalk, bronze powder, graphite, vermiculite, resin, steel and rubber. There are other materials too, but they vary widely.

Without being too technical, the brake shoe when pushed against the drum creates kinetic and thermal energy through friction. When the pads heat up, they coat the drum in a micro film of the friction material, when this occurs the shoes and the drum now have the same friction material. This then literally binds together and slows the rotation of the drum.

The previous paragraph also explains why you get brake dust, which is the discarded coating and also, obviously, explains why brake shoes wear out!

There are obviously many different combinations of material, sizes and even the number of brake pads on vehicles, to go into all the details of each would be a document of some length, but the basics are pretty similar.

How do you know there is something wrong with a brake shoe?

  • 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.

When should you consider replacing a brake shoe?

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.

What happens during a brake shoe replacement?

  • 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.

How much does a brake shoe Replacement cost?

The cost of a brake shoe 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 shoe replaced by ClickMechanic, by selecting your car at the top of this page!
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How much does a Brake Shoe replacement cost?

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These estimates may include Rear brake shoes, Front brake shoes and/or Rear brake shoes

49 manufacturers for Brake Shoe Replacement

Name Clickmechanic Click mechanic average Independent garage estimate Franchise dealer estimate

Alfa Romeo

Parts costs: £35.53 - £51.69

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 6

£176

£131 - £139

£233 - £242

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Audi

Parts costs: £32.54 - £120.56

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 75

£141

£93 - £174

£159 - £267

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Austin

Parts costs: £46.33 - £55.59

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 5

£117

£104 - £104

£170 - £170

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BMW

Parts costs: £45.88 - £116.17

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 171

£138

£102 - £162

£167 - £246

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Chevrolet

Parts costs: £34.21 - £54.66

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 391

£94

£83 - £103

£139 - £169

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Chrysler

Parts costs: £47.03 - £119.74

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 135

£119

£91 - £149

£144 - £218

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Citroen

Parts costs: £47.66 - £114.36

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 1739

£162

£124 - £199

£210 - £321

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Dacia

Parts costs: £36.49 - £79.64

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 116

£119

£96 - £126

£163 - £199

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Daewoo

Parts costs: £34.09 - £51.52

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 42

£90

£83 - £100

£139 - £166

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Daihatsu

Parts costs: £35.99 - £53.04

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 62

£114

£112 - £121

£195 - £205

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Dodge

Parts costs: £60.99 - £73.19

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 1

£126

£110 - £110

£171 - £171

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DS

Parts costs: £36.49 - £43.79

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 1

£100

£92 - £92

£155 - £155

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Fiat

Parts costs: £42.99 - £117.46

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 1710

£130

£92 - £169

£149 - £259

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Ford

Parts costs: £44.83 - £123.53

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 6370

£140

£99 - £168

£162 - £254

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Honda

Parts costs: £36.66 - £50.55

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 402

£106

£103 - £108

£176 - £182

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Hyundai

Parts costs: £38.29 - £65.69

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 521

£105

£87 - £109

£144 - £174

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Infiniti

Parts costs: £127.99 - £153.59

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 3

£235

£193 - £193

£283 - £283

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Isuzu

Parts costs: £69.59 - £98.51

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 14

£136

£113 - £151

£170 - £235

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Iveco

Parts costs: £55.02 - £99.14

Labour time: 2-3 hours

# of quotes: 10

£189

£186 - £213

£327 - £360

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Jaguar

Parts costs: £72.32 - £99.81

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 3

£185

£152 - £174

£245 - £280

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Jeep

Parts costs: £48.13 - £79.34

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 59

£127

£101 - £128

£163 - £202

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Kia

Parts costs: £38.88 - £80.31

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 363

£134

£83 - £121

£135 - £189

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Land Rover

Parts costs: £55.06 - £85.55

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 585

£146

£126 - £153

£207 - £248

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LDV

Parts costs: £61.88 - £83.36

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 267

£121

£114 - £137

£177 - £219

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Lexus

Parts costs: £49.43 - £76.67

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 17

£139

£108 - £133

£176 - £214

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Maserati

Parts costs: £132.15 - £158.58

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 8

£210

£192 - £192

£278 - £278

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Mazda

Parts costs: £39.56 - £96.41

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 199

£104

£78 - £129

£124 - £194

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Mercedes-Benz

Parts costs: £69.25 - £115.78

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 205

£203

£166 - £209

£276 - £340

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MG

Parts costs: £35.72 - £59.41

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 69

£106

£85 - £123

£141 - £206

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MINI

Parts costs: £53.43 - £107.59

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 3

£156

£109 - £149

£175 - £226

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Mitsubishi

Parts costs: £46.99 - £116.99

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 318

£135

£96 - £163

£154 - £247

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Nissan

Parts costs: £40.58 - £120.00

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 1159

£127

£84 - £154

£136 - £229

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Peugeot

Parts costs: £43.99 - £100.03

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 2669

£148

£120 - £160

£205 - £252

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Peugeot Talbot

Parts costs: £70.73 - £87.90

Labour time: 2-3 hours

# of quotes: 34

£182

£185 - £188

£313 - £316

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Proton

Parts costs: £28.41 - £34.79

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 11

£96

£94 - £96

£164 - £167

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Renault

Parts costs: £44.83 - £97.96

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 1259

£143

£105 - £163

£173 - £261

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Rover

Parts costs: £41.23 - £65.17

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 101

£111

£90 - £131

£147 - £217

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Saab

Parts costs: £50.53 - £64.19

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 4

£130

£102 - £117

£164 - £191

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SEAT

Parts costs: £33.99 - £70.09

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 672

£106

£94 - £124

£160 - £200

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Skoda

Parts costs: £35.49 - £91.31

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 528

£123

£95 - £142

£162 - £222

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Smart

Parts costs: £75.99 - £115.19

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 189

£130

£114 - £145

£167 - £213

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Ssangyong

Parts costs: £54.94 - £65.92

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 2

£124

£126 - £126

£207 - £207

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Subaru

Parts costs: £35.74 - £75.06

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 19

£96

£64 - £124

£100 - £198

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Suzuki

Parts costs: £40.76 - £86.20

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 628

£111

£84 - £132

£136 - £206

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Toyota

Parts costs: £35.08 - £93.17

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 1219

£111

£84 - £138

£140 - £213

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Vauxhall

Parts costs: £39.24 - £87.52

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 2723

£109

£83 - £127

£134 - £196

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Volkswagen

Parts costs: £52.29 - £90.20

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 1330

£130

£112 - £146

£182 - £231

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Volvo

Parts costs: £59.77 - £90.65

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 19

£131

£113 - £138

£178 - £216

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Yugo

Parts costs: £47.57 - £57.08

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 2

£108

£97 - £97

£155 - £155

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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

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£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