Brake shoes are parts that act on the axle or against the wheel in order to moderate or slow down the movement of the vehicle by friction.
Airbags, to avoid impacts when crashing; or the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), which prevents the tires from losing their grip on the road. These are some of the safety elements in vehicles that are always taken into account. But we cannot forget one of the most important systems: the brakes.
When we press the brake pedal to stop our vehicle, the brake system absorbs the kinetic energy produced in its displacement. This movement is carried out by friction between two parts: a fixed part, such as the brake shoes; and a moving part, such as the drum.
The drum brake is characterized as a type of braking system that, when the brake pedal is applied, produces friction through the brake shoes, which also press against the inner surface of a rotating drum that is connected to the axle or wheel of the vehicle.
Drum brakes have become an indispensable part of any vehicle's braking system, as they are perfectly adapted to both highways and back roads, as well as adverse weather conditions.
The drum brake is composed of several elements such as: the outer and inner part of the brake drum, brake plate, brake shoes, hydraulic cylinders and a reset system.
Although it is an overlooked part on older or second-hand cars, the drum brake is a braking system that is still in full use on today's cars, not to mention commercial and industrial passenger cars.
The drum brake is a fundamental part of the braking system of our vehicle and as such is responsible for ensuring our driving safety.