Is Brake Fade Still a Problem for Today's Cars?
Drum brakes are mostly outdated. Modern cars make use of disc brakes. One of the main problems with older drum brakes was their propensity for brake fade. However, disc brakes didn't exactly put an end to that particular problem as it's still possible for modern brakes to suffer from a similar condition. How Brake Fade Works Brake fade happens when friction heats up the drum of the drum brake. When this happens, expansion occurs that forces the drum and its shoe to gradually lose contact with each other.