Drum brakes are typically found in the rear of most cars and trucks and can be overlooked, as the front brakes make 90 percent of stops. Cleaning the drums and brakes in the rear about once a year can improve overall brake performance.
Step 1: cleaning the drum brakes
Perform a preliminary cleaning. After removing the outer drum, the brake pads will be clearly visible. Brush them with the toothbrush. Also brush the inside of the outer drum brake with the toothbrush.
Step 2: how to clean drum brakes
Pour a capful of brake cleaner onto the toothbrush, completely saturating the bristles.
Step 3: drum brake cleaning fluid
Brush the brake pads with the wet brush. When the brush dries, pour another cap on and continue. Once you’re done with the pads, move on to drums.
Step 4; clean drum brakes
Clean the outer drums. Pour enough brake fluid into the outer drum so it can move around a bit. Brush the drum with the toothbrush and scrub it. Do this on both drums. Clean the drums with the rag. This will remove any excess brake fluid. Now the drum brakes are clean and ready for action.
Warning, clean brakes
- Always use brake cleaning fluid and never use an oil compound to clean the brakes. An oil compound will penetrate the brake pads and stop holding the drum, resulting in loss of brakes and possible accident.
Items you will need
- Toothbrush Can of brake cleaning solution Rags