Brake Failure (Power Brakes)

Severe Vehicle Malfunctions

Brake Failure (Power Brakes)

Factors

Brake failure is defined as the loss of ability to stop the vehicle at a predetermined location such as a stop sign or traffic signal.  Brake failure can occur due to many contributing factors.
  1. Ruptured Brake Line Causing Loss of Pressure.
  2. Brake Shoes Can Over Heat from Constant Use.
  3. Master Cylinder May Become Low on Brake Fluid or Fail Completely.
  4. The Engine May Stall Losing Power Assist Brakes.
  5. Brakes May be Worn to a Point They Crack and become Useless when Stopping the Vehicle.





 

What to Do

What Do I Do In Case Of A Brake Failure?

  1. Begin by pumping the brakes and shifting into a lower gear attempting to regain pressure restoring the brakes. If this works, pull to the side of the road, activate the emergency flashers, and call for help. Do not attempt to drive vehicle, contact a towing company.  
  2. If pumping the brakes fails, your next step will depend on the type of emergency brake your car is equipped with. To activate your foot brake, place right hand at 12 o’clock on the steering wheel, your left hand should be on the release lever preventing the brake from locking in one position. With your left foot begin depressing the emergency brake slowly searching ahead for a soft landing site. By pressing slowly you will activate the rear brake shoes slowing the vehicle down.  Pull vehicle over to the side of the road, activate the emergency flashers, and call for help.  
  3. If you have a hand brake it will be located to the right of the driver in the middle of the console. Left hand will be at 12 o’clock on the steering wheel. Using your right hand depress the hand brake button preventing the emergency brake from locking, begin pulling slowly but firmly upward, start looking for a soft landing site. Pull the vehicle off the side of the road, activate emergency flashers, and call for help.