Faulty Car's Brake

@aeiou78 (3457)
Malaysia
December 15, 2011 2:51am CST
When I were trying to emergency stop by car, suddenly I were shocked that my braking system failed. I were panic and quickly pressed my brake pedal again and again. Finally, I were lucky to stop my car before hitting the car in the front. This is my first incident in my 30 years driving experience. At the workshop, a mechanic replaced a new brake pump for me. In my mind, my another alternative to stop my car is by maintaining at the low gear and turn off the car engine at the same time. So far, I have not tried this yet. What will be your suggestion in this incident?
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6 responses
@marguicha (104307)
• Chile
15 Dec 11
My car is mechanic and I have two brakes: a pedal one to drive and a hand brake. If the pedal one has a big problem you can always help yourself with the hand brake although you will probably destroy it in part. But you will avoin an accident.
@aeiou78 (3457)
• Malaysia
17 Dec 11
Normally the hand brake will not be so effective to stop a vehicle fully and immediately when it is at high speed. Anyhow, the hand brake will be our next trial if the pedal brake fails.
@marguicha (104307)
• Chile
18 Dec 11
I know a hand brake is not enough, but it helps if there´s no other way. Where I live, you can´t drive at high speed , specially at peak hours. I prefer to take the Metro as it´s a lot quicker and less expensive.
@owlwings (39887)
• Cambridge, England
15 Dec 11
It can be a very scary experience and, as you say, doesn't happen very often at all. Knowing what to do in an emergency is all part of safe driving, however. 1) DON'T PANIC! (This is hard, of course, but knowing the proper procedure beforehand helps) 2) Shift into a lower gear, taking your foot off the gas, but DON'T turn the engine off. If you turn the engine off, you will lose the power steering. Try to shift down through the gears. Going straight into the lowest gear could cause a skid. 3) Use the hand brake/parking brake. This will not be as effective as full braking, since it only acts on the rear wheel. 4) Turn on your hazard lights to warn other users that you have a problem 5) If it is safe to use the side of the road, loose earth or gravel or SMALL bushes/scrub will slow you. Any trees or saplings with trunks larger than 4 inches are likely to do more damage than it's worth. Uneven ground and hidden dips or gullies can easily flip the car, too, so be sure that you can see that it's clear. 6) If there is a guard rail at the side of the road, use it to slow your vehicle down. Keep the car as parallel to the rail as possible so that you graze it rather than bouncing off. 6) If the vehicle in front of you is travelling at nearly the same speed as you, a last resort is to rear-end it. Use your horn to try to warn the diver. Try to hit it squarely in the centre, not with a glancing blow, or both vehicles may lose control.
@owlwings (39887)
• Cambridge, England
15 Dec 11
Last paragraph should be (7), of course (I added a point!) The first thing to do (as you did) should be to pump the brake pedal. This MAY build up enough pressure to stop, depending on the cause of the fault. Brakes actually rarely fail completely and instantly. There should usually be warning signs beforehand. Check your driveway regularly for oil, water and brake fluid; always be aware of how your brakes feel by using them gently from time to time. Any sponginess should be seen to before you REALLY need them. Always drive at a safe distance from the car in front, depending on your speed and the road conditions.
@aeiou78 (3457)
• Malaysia
17 Dec 11
All of your advices are very valuable. After driving for so many years, I never have such ideas in my mind at all to handle brake failure matter. I learn a lot from you and hopefully it is the same to the less of the members here.
@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
15 Dec 11
#1 would be to make sure your car was getting regular maintenance to lessen the risk of part failure..Once in that situation,however,it is an emergency,so slowing down as quickly as possible is a priority. Do NOT turn off the engine...it provides some braking and you would lose any electrical power activated braking assistance.Keep pumping the brake pedal,and shift down to lower gears,and use the parking brake,being aware of the risk of skidding..
@aeiou78 (3457)
• Malaysia
17 Dec 11
I were pumping the pedal brake until it worked. Of course I do have regular maintenance for my car. But it is impossible to maintain my car 100% as a brand new car. If I can afford, I shall replace my old car with a new car fer very 4 to 5 years interval. Then the chances to involve in mechanic problem will be very slim.
@yspmyl (3438)
• Malaysia
15 Dec 11
Hi! That is really dangerous. You can actually engage a lower gear to slow down your car if you have sufficient time, change the gear to a lower gear from 3 to 2 then 1 and slowly release the clutch and that will make you car jerk and that can actually slow down your car speed. Another option you can use is to use the hand brake. You can use your hand brake to pull and release a few time to slow down your car, do not pull it and try to stop your car immediately or else your car will slide to one side. Anyway, the better option is to always maintain your car in good condition. Make sure every parts of your car are function perfectly.
@aeiou78 (3457)
• Malaysia
16 Dec 11
We can not foresee the lifespan of certain parts of our cars. In term of cost, it is impossible to maintain a few years car to be the same as a brand new car. Anyhow, I believe in luck and our knowledge to handle such critical period. Your proposals in handling the brake system failure during our driving are very useful to all of the drivers here.
@sacmom (14315)
• United States
15 Dec 11
My husband and I had a similar incident years ago. We, or rather my husband, had been driving on the freeway when the brakes (or was it the gas pedal?) gave out. We got off the first available exit and somehow made it to a gas station that was there...all without getting into an accident, thank goodness. Needless to say it was a very scary experience. One I never want to go through again!
@aeiou78 (3457)
• Malaysia
16 Dec 11
It was really a very scary experience when we realized the failure of our car's brake only at the time when we tried to stop our car on the road. In future, we shall stop driving and asked for towing once our braking system fails totally. We must consider the safety of ourselves and other road users too.
@beamer88 (4267)
• Philippines
15 Dec 11
Don't turn off the engine. You can't engage the engine break. But this is for the stick shift driven cars. I'm not sure if it's applicable to automatic transmission cars. Also, turning the engine would lock your steering wheel and prevent you from maneuvering your car.
@aeiou78 (3457)
• Malaysia
16 Dec 11
Yes, you are right. I would make my situation worse if I turned of my car's engine. If my braking system was still not responding, this might be the only choice for me to stop my car immediately in order to save all of the lives on board. Anyhow, my key should be maintained at the on position to prevent the locking of my steering. If there is another better way to stop my car immediately, of course this second option shall totally not be my consideration. It is really nice for us to share further about this incident.