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What Causes Total Brake Failure?

This is something that drivers never want to experience in their lifetime - total brake failure. This is probably the scariest thing that can malfunction when on the road, especially when you are already traveling at a high speed. Brake failure is extremely dangerous, and being mindful to prevent this from happening is important. 

If you do start experiencing brake failure, one thing you can try is pumping the brake pedal quickly. This may be able to get enough pressure going to initial a stop. The next thing is to get to a safe area, like pull of to the side of the road if you can, and use the emergency brakes (parking brake). Whatever you do, try to be as safe as possible, avoid collisions, and eventually your vehicle will slowly stop if you aren't continuing to accelerate. 

The main cause of brake failure is no fluid pressure in the brake lines. Brakes work from hydraulic pressure, so without fluid pressure, your brakes won't work. This is usually caused by a leak somewhere in the brake system. If the leak is serious, you should be warning with a brake warning light. Do not drive your vehicle if this light is on. Have your car towed into our shop for an immediate inspection. 

There are a number of other different reasons that can cause brake failure that are associated with corrosion and wear and tear of important parts. The number one way to avoid brake failure is by having your vehicle regularly inspected and serviced here at Ervine's & Grand Rapids Hybrid. We will ensure that your brakes are always in good condition so that you never have to experience a brake failure! 


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