What are brake shoes?
Brake shoes are the car parts containing the lining in the drum brakes. In general, vehicles only have drum brakes
at the rear axle. The reason for that is that drum brakes
are more effective than disc brakes
as a parking brake.
When braking, the brake cylinder
, consisting of two pistons with brake fluid
presses the lining in the brake shoe
against the inside of the drum thereby creating the friction needed to have the vehicle come to a full stop.