Disc Brakes vs Drum Brakes

If you want to be safe on the road, a well-maintained braking system is a must. Brake failure can occur to anyone, and it can lead to catastrophic vehicle accidents. That is why Endurance Auto Repair and Tire offers reliable brake inspections, maintenance, and repair services. Brake systems consist of many components, and they vary depending on whether you have drum brakes, disc brakes, or both.

Drum Brakes

Drum brakes are the traditional brake style. They are still used today, especially in older vehicles with simple brake designs. They’re a simple design, made with affordable materials. They operate by forcing the two shoes within the drum. As you press on the pedal, friction is produced to slow down your spinning wheels. 

Disc Brakes

Over the years, disc brakes came around with major improvements. Disc brake systems have brake calipers that clamp brake pads against the sides of the spinning disc. Before, drum brakes were capable of overheating. Disc brakes were created to dissipate heat quicker, which explains why they are more popular in automobiles today.

The Differences Between Disc Brakes vs. Drum Brakes

  • Disc brakes have a higher resistance to heat than drum brakes.
  • Drum brakes have a better response time compared to the disc brakes.
  • Drum brakes are naturally self-rocking, whereas disc brakes are not.
  • Disc brakes can transmit more torque than drum brakes.

Despite the subtle differences in the brake systems, they all serve the same purpose. You should always follow your automaker’s brake system recommendations, including the scheduled intervals for maintenance. 


If you are due for brake service soon, please do not wait to give Endurance Auto Repair and Tire a call or visit. We look forward to seeing you.

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