Drum Brakes VS Disc Brakes

Brakes are an essential part of the vehicle when it comes to safety as well as a smooth drive. However, not everyone is aware of the types of brakes. In this article, we will explain the two major types of brakes which are Drum brakes and Disc brakes, and take a closer look at the pros and cons of both.




 The drum brakes as the name suggests incorporates a small drum that houses pistons and brake shoes. When the driver presses the brake pedal, the brake shoes are pressed against the inner surface of the rotating brake drum. This contact between the brake shoe and brake drum results in friction which causes the vehicle to slow down.


Pros of Drum Brakes

 Cheap: The drum brakes are comparatively cheaper than disc brakes and you can notice this in the price of new cars. The brand new cars which are fitted with disc brakes carry a higher price tag compared to the ones fitted with drum brakes. Consequently, drum brakes are cheaper to maintain compared to disc brakes.


Cons of Drum Brakes

 Not the best at handling heat: The pressing of brake shoes against the brake drums creates friction which in turn creates a lot of heat. Drum brakes tend to get extremely hot due to repetitive braking which causes them to wear off.

 Poor braking performance in wet conditions: In raining season, water tends to accumulate inside the drum brakes which ultimately causes poor braking performance.



 The disc brake system includes a metal brake disc, a brake caliper, and brake pads. When the driver applies the brakes, the brake caliper presses the brake pads against the rotor which creates friction and causes the wheels to stop spinning. Disc brakes are a more advanced technology compared to drum brakes.


Pros of Disc Brakes

 Good at handling heat: The disc brakes are better at handling heat that is generated due to friction compared to drum brakes.

 Good performance in the rainy season: Since there is no drum in the disc brakes, no water gets accumulated causing a loss in the braking power.


Cons of Disc Brakes

 Expensive: The cost of disc brakes is much higher than drum brakes.


Which one to choose?

 In most of the new cars, you can find disc brakes on the front wheels while drum brakes are on the back wheels. Disc brakes are relatively much better due to their advanced technology. However, drum brakes also offer decent performance while not being too heavy on your pockets.



 Whether you decide to go for the drum brakes or the disc brakes, you can order and purchase either or both of them at Carpartsnow. At Carpartsnow we offer sale of all types of original car parts and you can visit our website at carpartsnow.ng to place your orders. You can also visit our physical store at 9 Olowu street, Ikeja or contact us on 08128530450 via a call or Whatsapp.

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