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Old 03-30-2010, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC missing home Reno NV
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We have a 2006 Chevy Colorado... Needed new tires, and the guy said, guess what you also need new drum brakes and pads. The vehicle is over 60K miles and we aren't surprised about the pads needing replaced, but is it normal for the drums? Obviously we are going for a different opinion, but what is weird is that the brakes aren't showing any sign of any problems... at all.

Thanks guys!!
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Old 03-30-2010, 02:18 PM
 
Location: U.S.A.
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Drums and their shoes should last well over 100k. Unless there is something wrong with the mechanism then the "guy" is absolutely full of it.
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Old 03-30-2010, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC missing home Reno NV
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Thanks Lux i jumped the gun of course and I called some other places and they said the same thing you did, so we will take it in and make sure! Thanks for your response!!
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Old 03-30-2010, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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It's not real clear in your original post if the guy says you need "pads and shoes" ie new friction material on all 4 wheels, or if he says "you need new drums" which is pretty unlikely unless you wore the brake shoes out some time ago and have scored the drums so badly they can't be turned and cleaned up.

Needs new pads is probable at that mileage, pads and shoes is possible, but you would have heard metal on metal sounds for some time if you really needed drums.
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Old 03-30-2010, 02:35 PM
 
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We have a 2006 Chevy Colorado... Needed new tires, and the guy said, guess what you also need new drum brakes and pads. The vehicle is over 60K miles and we aren't surprised about the pads needing replaced, but is it normal for the drums? Obviously we are going for a different opinion, but what is weird is that the brakes aren't showing any sign of any problems... at all.

Thanks guys!!
You know, the best time to do brake work is before you have a problem.

You're going to get a lot of people on here telling you you're getting ripped off but the truth is, who knows if you need brakes without actually inspecting them?

Your best shot is to ask your friends and neighbors to recommend a shop you can trust and get a second opinion.

And yes, it's entirely possible your brake shoes are worn out.
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Old 03-30-2010, 02:39 PM
 
Location: silver springs
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pads and rotors get worn out.....most of the stopping power is in the front on all vehicles....drums are always in the back to assist.....they last almost forever....you will go through about 3 sets of pads up front before needing any adjustment on the back
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Old 03-30-2010, 03:06 PM
 
Location: The cupboard under the sink
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This is correct.

Unless your brakes are WAY out of adjustment, I think it's unlikely you'll need drums.
perhaps you misheard him, or he said the wrong thing ?

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pads and rotors get worn out.....most of the stopping power is in the front on all vehicles....drums are always in the back to assist.....they last almost forever....you will go through about 3 sets of pads up front before needing any adjustment on the back
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Old 03-30-2010, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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You know, the best time to do brake work is before you have a problem.

You're going to get a lot of people on here telling you you're getting ripped off but the truth is, who knows if you need brakes without actually inspecting them?

Your best shot is to ask your friends and neighbors to recommend a shop you can trust and get a second opinion.

And yes, it's entirely possible your brake shoes are worn out.
Tried to rep you for that but couldn't. Got to spread the love around.

OP, if you can fix a flat, you can check the brake pads. Don't go getting under the truck without using jackstands, if you don't have any, good grief, cheap ones with a good enough rating are cheap enough - anyway with the road wheel off, you can see the outboard pad, you may have to use a flashlight or maybe even a mirror to see the inboard pad, I have seen the inboard pad wear a good bit quicker than the outboard one, particularly on a car that's not driven a lot.

The drum brakes are easy too. Take off the road wheel and generally the drum will pull right off, the lug nuts hold both the wheel and drum in place.

Any decent shop will show you the worn pads/shoes if you ask.

I have DIY'd brakes for so long I tend to forget it's not old hat to everybody. If you can't/won't DIY, by all means find a good independent shop that you can trust to do the job right. They are out there, you may have to look around a bit but they do exist.
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Old 03-30-2010, 03:55 PM
 
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...The drum brakes are easy too. Take off the road wheel and generally the drum will pull right off, the lug nuts hold both the wheel and drum in place....
I can only add that if the drums have never been off....look for a clip on one of the studs, if there is one, pry it off and throw it away. And, of course make sure the emergency brake is OFF...
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Old 03-30-2010, 03:59 PM
 
Location: I think my user name clarifies that.
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We have a 2006 Chevy Colorado... Needed new tires, and the guy said, guess what you also need new drum brakes and pads. The vehicle is over 60K miles and we aren't surprised about the pads needing replaced, but is it normal for the drums? Obviously we are going for a different opinion, but what is weird is that the brakes aren't showing any sign of any problems... at all.

Thanks guys!!
First of all, the "tire shop guy" is probably lying to you, trying to get you to give them the okay to do a whole bunch of unnecessary and expensive work.

That said, something else is amiss... Pads are used with Disk Brakes. Shoes are used with Drum Brakes.

I can understand that, at 60,000 miles, the PADS on your FRONT brakes are getting low. That's pretty common. But the SHOES on your BACK brakes should be absolutely nowhere near being worn out.


You are wise to get at least one more "professional" opinion. Go to a real mechanic, not some brake & tire shop "specialist."
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