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    Default What to do in case of brake failure?

    what measurements a driver should adopt in case of brake failure? Especially when you are in a hilly area.

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    Shift down, i mean gear the car down as the engine brake will kick in.

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    shift down pull down the window steer the car towards nearest tree/pole/any other structure and hold onto it hence stopping the car
    ingredients:
    a car without brakes
    a man (do note that an average joe living a sedentry lifestyle is not a man

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    Shift down.
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    what about a car with automatic transmission?
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    Quote Originally Posted by aliusman420 View Post
    what about a car with automatic transmission?
    I opened the thread again to ask the same question
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    Quote Originally Posted by zia1288 View Post
    I opened the thread again to ask the same question
    in manual vehicle, I have experienced not brake failure to be exact but it was close to it, the trick was to downshift and find some high place, but in Automatic transmission cars I want to know what can be done.
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    u can downshift in an automatic too

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    I once faced this break failure issue mechanic messed the break while working on excel I put the car in first gear and slowly slowly released the clutch to stop the car

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    will pulling the handbrake work ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sial_ali View Post
    will pulling the handbrake work ?
    it will but hand break will not provide that much breaking power

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    Quote Originally Posted by sial_ali View Post
    will pulling the handbrake work ?
    At high speeds there is a risk of the car flipping over.

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    cant we use hand brake to stop a brake failed car???
    any one tried??

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    so at high speeds tame the car by engine braking and when speed lowers say @40kph pull the handbrake ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aliusman420 View Post
    what about a car with automatic transmission?
    In a prius like urs

    U can use B the Braking gear at low speeds

    At higher u can put in N to go to a medium speed then then use B

    When u get below 1 to 2 kmph

    Brace urself

    Use P for dead stop

    Dont worry ur gearbox wont blow up 1 to 2 kmph

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarmuslim View Post
    In a prius like urs

    U can use B the Braking gear at low speeds

    At higher u can put in N to go to a medium speed then then use B

    When u get below 1 to 2 kmph

    Brace urself

    Use P for dead stop

    Dont worry ur gearbox wont blow up 1 to 2 kmph

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    But what about a car with standard 4 speed/5 speed automatic gear?
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    Default What to do in case of brake failure?

    What to do if brake get failed especially in a hilly area?
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    If the failure is due to leaking break lines, pump the pedal a few times to build some pressure. In the meanwhile, shift to lower gears to get engine braking, and try to use just enough hand brake that the wheels don't lock up.

    In extreme cases, you might want to get the side of the car to touch the divider/ hill/ whatever is available to get the car to slow down. This is only as a last resort. Thats what my father did once in his 77 Corolla.

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    First of all make sure you maintain your car and braking system well maintained. Also make sure in mountainous areas and slopping roadways you make less use of braking , use low gear and reduce speed. Brakes can fail anytime but make sure on slops going down, you use low gear. In case of brake failure Engine braking is the most talked and recommend option. Depress clutch and shift to lower gear to reduce the speed. how to handle if the brakes are failed please read this article What to Do If Your Brakes Go Out - The Allstate Blog
    and http://www.wikihow.com/Stop-a-Car-with-No-Brakes

    Yes brake failure is a panic situation but being a driver you can control situation and save yourself from worst ending.
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