Corrosion? . . . In Minnesota? . . . Oh Please!



In June of 2002 Dependable Brake Systems felt it was necessary to do something about the corrosive effect of road salt on brake shoes here in Minnesota. So we introduced our "Golden" line of corrosion resistant brake shoes. These shoes are readily identified by the gold iridescent tone.

If you are doing premature brake jobs because of corrosion or "rust jacking" then this is exactly what you need to maximize service life and preserve your valuable cores.

The major benefit of this shoe is its' ability to resist salt corrosion for extended periods of time which helps prevent a serious condition known as "rust jacking" between the lining and the table of an untreated shoe. By the time the "rust jacking" becomes apparent, the lining is normally cracked and the shoe is scrap steel. In the best case this means the shoes have lost their value as cores and you have the expense of a premature brake job. In the worst case it could mean a DOT inspection failure of the vehicle better know as an "Out of Service tag" or a "Red Tag" of the vehicle. We certainly don't have to tell you how expensive that can be.

This corrosion resistance shoe has many customer benefits:

1. Any used shoe in serviceable condition can be treated with the process.
2. New shoes are not required to obtain this benefit as other processes do.
3. The plating can withstand temperatures well in excess of any lining.
4. The customer should reach maximum service life of the steel and lining.
5. The cost is very reasonable at about $4.00 per shoe.
6. The process adds no material change in the dimensions of the shoe.
7. Non-Standard shoes may take 3-4 weeks so plan ahead.
8. No need for exotic metals, bonding or double sided film.
9. If scratched the treatment will heal itself, to a point, unlike paints. An example of this is the sacrificial anode on an outboard motor lower unit.

Unlike bonding or double sided films the shoes do not need to be baked or burned to remove the lining. Baking or burning the shoes to remove the lining can damage the heat treating process done by the original manufacturer. Most heavy duty rebuilders scrap your bonded or filmed shoes.

To obtain maximum brake shoe life, new hold down and return springs should be installed at reline, the s-cam bushings and brake drums must be in serviceable condition and we strongly recommend automatic slack adjusters to continually maintain proper brake adjustment.


This is one of our plated shoes that spent an entire winter out in the snow.


This shoe was in service for nearly three years in a road tractor.
The plating is still present under the lining.


Here you can see that the rust on the shoe is virtually non-exsistant.
The shoe is simply dirty.


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