Car DIY'ers – Replacing drum brakes, asbestos worry.
I’d like to help my son save a bit of cash and replace the brake shoesPosted 3 years ago
on his 2002 Skoda Fabia. I know asbestos linings have been banned for some time now but I’m just a bit concerned that I don’t go and risk my health if some unscrupulous person has fitted some dodgy bits. Apparently you can still get asbestos linings without looking too hard.
Any advice gratefully received.falkirk-markMember
Dust mask and damp cloth if your that worried but I would doubt you would find asbestos in there.Posted 3 years agoandylMember
You won’t be able to buy asbestos pads anymore from a normal motor factors so the only way they could be fitted is if someone has managed to find some old brake shoes that just happen to fit your Fabia.
I think you are worrying a bit too much.
But it is definitely a good idea to not breath in the brake dust anyway but just be sensible.Posted 3 years agomick_rSubscriber
Of that age I’d be almost certain they won’t contain asbestos. But outdoors, brake cleaner and a mask won’t do any harm.
As an apprentice in a Truck factory (1990) I remember some of the military stuff still had asbestos warning stickers (not sure if it was clutch or brakes) but all the regular vehicles were asbestos free. So a much newer car is very unlikely to contain anything nasty.
My dad remembers some of the older plants where there was always a fog of dust from grinding asbestos brake shoes (eek).
Rear shoes do tend to last quite a while – they could even still be OE if not owned by a leadfoot! (our last vehicle did 133,000 and was still plenty left on original rear shoes and drums).Posted 3 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
I was a mech in the 70s, wasn’t an issue then afaik
Silly comment, asbestos wasn’t an (known) issue in the 70’s!
Dusk mask for anything dusty, which is pretty much anything under the car. Just think of all the horse, dog, cow, shit and dead animals you drive through in a year, all drying onto the underside of the car waiting to fall off when you crawl under it!Posted 3 years ago
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