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Suggestion for a good brake drum? #4633637
01/13/18 02:09 PM
01/13/18 02:09 PM
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Buffalo, New York
JimmyJohns Offline OP
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Buffalo, New York
I can't seem to find a good set of drums these days. My truck had centric drums and within a week they were warped. My mothers car, 2000 buick century, got a set from Auto plus, house brand, and the first set were warped the first day, I mean bad. Second set warped in a week, all brake components are new back there and it's properly adjusted.

What brand of drums can some of you recommend? I'd get these drums turned but I'm afraid it might just happen again.

Re: Suggestion for a good brake drum? [Re: JimmyJohns] #4633656
01/13/18 02:28 PM
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In the Buffalo area, I've used Napa and CarQuest drums without issue. I don't recall what specific "brand" they were though. It's been awhile since I've owned or worked on a car with rear drums.


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Re: Suggestion for a good brake drum? [Re: JimmyJohns] #4633668
01/13/18 02:39 PM
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Waco, TX
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Napa costs more, but worth it.

OEM should be fine, but again.... cost$$$$$


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Re: Suggestion for a good brake drum? [Re: JimmyJohns] #4633688
01/13/18 03:06 PM
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In my experience, OEM from GM. Same thoughts on brake pads as well.


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Re: Suggestion for a good brake drum? [Re: JimmyJohns] #4633732
01/13/18 03:50 PM
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Buffalo, New York
JimmyJohns Offline OP
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Good to know, I'll check prices and hopefully it will be the end to my issues. Thanks guys

Re: Suggestion for a good brake drum? [Re: JimmyJohns] #4633788
01/13/18 04:47 PM
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If you can convert to rear discs, that might be the better option, depending on how easy or difficult is for your Century.

Re: Suggestion for a good brake drum? [Re: JimmyJohns] #4633852
01/13/18 06:09 PM
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On the road Midwest
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What he said ^^^^

Since rear brake pads for a 2000 Buick Century are available on eBay in disc brake style; https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=wh...ds&_sacat=0

I'm willing to bet it's a bolt up parts swap if you'd like to upgrade to disc brakes. Do as you wish; my two cents worth is I'd spend a Saturday morning at a salvage yard and buy one side of cheap junk parts just to see if they will mate up and bolt on. Once you know the answer, buy new parts with confidence.


Last edited by Ihatetochangeoil; 01/13/18 06:10 PM.


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Re: Suggestion for a good brake drum? [Re: JimmyJohns] #4633871
01/13/18 06:32 PM
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Hawaii, USA
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NAPA premium on my 1993 Toyota pickup. It's been on about 3 years now and no warping.

Re: Suggestion for a good brake drum? [Re: JimmyJohns] #4633991
01/13/18 09:06 PM
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Taiwan
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OEM from scrapyard?

Re: Suggestion for a good brake drum? [Re: JimmyJohns] #4635300
01/15/18 02:05 AM
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It's all a roll of the dice these days. Buy the one that strikes a balance between price and warranty.

Re: Suggestion for a good brake drum? [Re: JTK] #4668855
02/17/18 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted By: JTK
In the Buffalo area, I've used Napa and CarQuest drums without issue. I don't recall what specific "brand" they were though. It's been awhile since I've owned or worked on a car with rear drums.

They used Raybestos for a while, but I don't know if they still use Raybestos.


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Re: Suggestion for a good brake drum? [Re: JimmyJohns] #4669335
02/18/18 08:41 AM
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Watertown, New York
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I have had good luck with Centric drums and rotors.
Are you sure your not adjusting the shoes to far out? It will heat up the drums and cause warping like you are describing.


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