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When replacing brake shoes, FMP Automotive Malaysia recommends Bendix brake shoes for stopping power, low noise and dust, as well as durability.
Still found on many cars, especially older ones, drum brakes may look a bit alien and outdated compared to disc brakes. Although the technology is not new, drum brakes are still factory fitted on the rear of new cars. Drum brakes have two common configurations on the rear axle; combined handbrake and foot brake shoes and handbrake-only shoes. Handbrake-only shoes are often fitted inside the disc rotor, like standard drum brakes, and are normally sealed away. This makes visual checking for wear and tear not easy.
Drum brakes slow down the car by pressing a brake shoe against the inside of the drum brake, the rotating component that spins with the wheels. The drum is made from an iron alloy that is specially formulated to be extremely long lasting. The brake shoes consist of a friction lining bonded to a metal backing plate.
How to tell if your brake shoes need changing?
Inconsistent brake pedal feel. If the rear brakes are drum brakes, the driver may feel vibrations under braking. The initial bite when the brakes are still cold may be lacking. This is because the brake shoes are so worn that they cannot firmly press against the drum.
Hand brake feels loose. If the hand brake requires a hard yank to keep the car from rolling off, chances are the brake shoes need replacing. On a steep incline, if the car moves an inch or so before coming to a rest, the drum or brake shoes would need to be inspected. There is a possibility it could be a loose hand brake cable, which is much easier fix.
Scraping noise while braking. When brake shoes are worn away so much that only the metal shoe platform remains, under braking you would hear a metallic scrapping noise. Once it is this severe, you may have to machine the drum or replace it all together.
FMP Automotive (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, part of the FMP (Friction Materials Pacific) group of companies, distributes a wide range of Bendix products. When replacing brake shoes, the company recommends Bendix brake shoes for stopping power, low noise and dust, as well as durability. Specially formulated for all driving condition, FMP Automotive (Malaysia) said, ‘You can put your foot down with confidence, every time.’ For more information, get in touch with your nearest Bendix stockist.
FMP汽车（马来西亚）私人有限公司，FMP（摩擦材料太平洋）集团公司的一分子，主要的业务是分销系列广泛的奔德士产品。在更换制动蹄时，该公司建议采用具制动力、低噪音和灰尘且耐用的奔德士制动蹄。经过特别配制，适合各种驾驶状况，FMP汽车（马）表示：“无论何时，你都能充满信心地将脚踩在制动踏板上”（ You can put your foot down with confidence, every time）。更多信息，请联络最靠近您的奔德士零售商。
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