How To Stop When Your Brake Fails?

I personally haven’t been in this gory situation, maybe my maintenance and pure luck have kept me from going through this, but I have heard stories, from friends and on social media about how people faced sudden brake failures.

Its a very rare occurrence, but what do we do of we ever get faced with such a terrible situation?

You can use your gear/transmission to slow down, its a process called engine braking. Depending on the kind of transmission your car operates you have to follow a series of steps to bring the car to a halt, and you would need to act fast

If you drive a manual transmission vehicle your best option is to
1) Immediately let off the throttle, and turn on your hazard lights,
2) Clutch down and throw the car into the next lower gear(from 5 to 4) or 2nd lower gear(5 to 3, or 4 to 2). Only use the second lower gear when its an emergency stop, you might wreck your drive train doing this.
3) Keep clutching down and selecting lower gears until you get to 1.
4) When you are slow enough find a lay-by and apply your emergency brake.

With an automatic drive train it would be a bit different, some feature a sequential gearbox and other feature a semiautomatic gearbox.

For a semiautomatic
1) Immediately let off the throttle, and turn on your hazard lights,
2) Shift the stick from “D” to “3” then “2” and finally “L”,
3) When you are slow enough navigate to a lay-by and apply your e-brakes.

For a shiftronic gearbox
1) Immediately let off the throttle, and turn on your hazard lights,
2) Move the gear selector from “D” to the “+/-” area, your dashboard should display a number where it previously had “D”,
3) Keep clicking the selector into minus to force the car into a lower gear and slow it down.
4) When the number gets to “1” and you are slow enough apply your e-brake and come to a halt.

We hope this never happens but in the weird rare case that you happen to be faced with this situation you are now armed with the knowledge to safely stop.

Look up the article on your Car brake maintenance to learn how to keep your brakes in optimum shape and make this scenario an impossible one.

Have a nice day folks.

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