What is the most common sign of brake failure? Simple. You’re not stopping when your foot is on the brakes. Nothing will cause your heart to leap into your throat more than when you try to brake and the pedal pushes all the way to the floor.
If your brakes fail, don’t panic. Get out of the car and run. Did you think about that for a second? Well don’t do that.
Today’s vehicles are technological wonders. Brake failure is now very uncommon, unless you drive a car from the 70’s. The computer system in your modern car is more powerful than the system in the Apollo 11; conspiracy nuts calm down. If you found this article while searching for lunar conspiracies we planted the keywords on purpose just to see if you would show up. Go back to your search while we in the real world discuss brake failure.
Did you check the brakes fluid level when you checked under the hood? Perhaps you are low on fluid or there is a leak in the braking system. Whatever the cause your first action should be to pump the brakes to build up pressure. Still not stopping you – then shift to a lower gear and use your parking brake to come to a complete stop. Parking brakes are a secondary braking system that are not powered by hydraulics. Use the parking brakes cautiously in order to prevent skidding. If driving a manual transmission shift into neutral. The electronics in today’s cars won’t allow shifting into reverse to slow down your car.
What causes brake failure? Other than low fluid or leaks, or you could have grease or oil on the brakes, which is were the brake-fluid goes when you get a leak. Or the brake pads could be worn to the point of metal on metal, but the grinding sound of medal to medal should have given that away, unless you have the volume on your radio in your car so loud you couldn’t hear Godzilla sneak up on you! Your brakes could be wet if you went through a puddle of water. If all else fails us the drag chute you bought on the internet or perform the Flintstone Stop. Yaba daba doo. Willllmaaaa. That’s right we made a 60’s pop culture reference twice in this article and man did land on the moon so deal with it. Boom
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