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How to Stop Car When Brake Fails. - Do and Don't Tips When Brake Failure

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How to Stop Car When Brake Fails. - Do and Don't Tips When Brake Failure.

How to Stop your car when your Car's brakes not Works or Brake Fail. I am telling Do and Don't Tips When Brake Failure.

Immediately begin downshifting the gears if you have a manual transmission, shift to third, then second and then to first as the speed drops.
Keep pumping the brake pedal as sometimes there may be some residual pressure that helps in braking.
As you downshift, pull the handbrake up, but be careful of locking the rear-wheels as that can result in the car going into an uncontrollable skid and complicate the situation.
Switch off the ignition, with the car in gear and clutch released to try and brake the vehicle with engine drag. But do this only once the car has slowed down considerably, otherwise you will lose steering control and what little brake assist remains as well.
Keep full control on the steering wheel. Steer away from the obstacle, toward the side of the road. Keep swerving the wheel slightly as this increases friction and can slow the vehicle a bit.
If the car has still not come to a halt, try driving into gravel or sand on the side of the road to increase friction. Don’t try brushing against the divider or hill-side at speed as this can damage the car badly or even flip it over leading to a fatal crash.

How to avoid brake failure?

Generally, you will have an inkling of an impending brake failure by the behavior of the brake pedal. If the pedal loses its feel and feels soft and mushy, get it checked immediately. Check the brake fluid level. If the pedal goes hard and loses vacuum boost, is another sign of impending brake failure. Other signs to watch out for include noisy brakes, grinding, screeching or whining sounds from the discs or drums and a smell of hot metal burning (brakes generate plenty of heat).

Check your brake fluid levels weekly. Check and inspect the brake pads and discs at every service and get the pads replaced at the recommended intervals.

Don’t ride the brakes too much, especially when driving downhill. Shift into a lower gear and let the engine braking help, while going downhill. Brake only when necessary in short bursts and not continuously for too long as this builds up excess heat.

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