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Emergency: What to Do if Your
If you’re brakes fail, don’t panic. It’s
true that it is a driver’s worst nightmare but it doesn’t have
to lead to catastrophe. Here are some things that you can do.
Pump Your Brake Pedal. This may help depressurize a
leaking circuit. Once the pedal firms up, stop pumping and hold it.
Use the Parking Brake. That’s right, pull up the
emergency brake. They don’t call it an emergency brake for
nothing. Don’t panic if it doesn’t work right away. The faster
you are going the longer it will take to slow you down, but give it
a little time and it will work.
Do not shut off your Motor. This may be one of the first
things you’ll probably want to do, but don’t. It won’t stop
your car and you’ll need your motor running for your power
steering to work.
Scrape Against Something. Notice I didn’t say crash.
One thing you can scrape against is a rail. The friction will help
you slow down. It might damage your paint a bit but it could save
your life, so give it a try.
Try Reverse. One “last ditch” effort includes
putting the automatic transmission in reverse. Please be advised
that this is a very tricky maneuver indeed and can cause severe
damage to your car. It could also cause your car to go out of
control. For tips on how to do this safely, please follow these 3
Select Reverse: The only way to stop an automatic
transmission equipped car by using the transmission is to throw it
into reverse. The problem with this is that you will inevitably ruin
the transmission. However, this method won’t work with
computer-controlled transmissions. Warning: Never put the
transmission in reverse while going forward unless absolutely
necessary because it is very dangerous and you could cause
significant damage to your drive shaft, transmission or transaxle if
you do it incorrectly.
Amount of Throttle. Remember that the amount of
throttle is critical to making this work. If you take your foot off
the gas pedal when slamming it in reverse, the engine will stall and
the transmission will lock up the wheels. To get the transmission to
engage in reverse, the engine speed must be raised slightly, which
will cause the drivetrain to engage in the opposite direction.
Not too much or too little Gas. If you use too much,
the wheels will smoke and spin out of control. Too little and the
engine will stall.
Finally, try not to panic.
If you lose control of yourself, you will most likely lose
control of the car. This
is the one time when you need to “keep your cool” – your life
is most likely at stake.
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