Mechanics

BRAKE PADS OR SHOES?

2002 Dodge Durango

Brakes problem
2002 Dodge Durango V8 Two Wheel Drive Automatic 85000 miles

What is the difference between brake pads and brake shoes and where are each located? Also, what is the difference between turning a rotor and resurfacing a rotor and how do I tell when the rotor needs to be turned, resurfaced, or replaced? Sorry for all the questions in one post.

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Shane
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Reddishs
August 23, 2008.



Hi Shane,

The difference between a pad and a shoe is that a pad is flat and the shoe is crescent shaped. See diagrams below.

The Pads are located on the front of almost all vehicles. Shoes are located on the back of almost all vehicles. I say almost because some very old vehicles had shoes front and back and newer vehicle have depending on make and model have either pads or shoe on the back.

In order to determin if the drums or rotors can be resurfaced/turned you will need the specs on minimum thickness and you will need special tools to take measurements. And as long as they can be turned/resurfaced and still be within specs your good to go.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/188069_02durangopads_1.jpg



http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/188069_02durangoshoes_1.jpg


Obxautomedic
Aug 23, 2008.