Brake Failure: What You Need to Know
Brake failure, what do you need to know? Brake failure is not common, only 5% of all accidents are brake related. It is important to understand how your brakes work and to be vigilant about maintenance to prevent problems.
Brakes are your primary line of defense in avoiding an accident. When you apply pressure to the brake pedal, that is transmitted to your brake lines which contains brake fluid. That pressure pushes the disc against the wheel to slow the vehicle. The most common cause of brake failure is a leak in the brake lines. Without brake fluid, the pedal cannot apply pressure to the wheels
If you hear squeaking or grinding when you brake, you should have your brakes checked immediately. In addition to your safety, proper maintenance will save you money over time. Brakes work together with your anti-lock braking system and electronic stability control system. Brake pads sit on each side of the rotor. When you apply the brakes, the pads contact the rotor to stop the car. If the pads wear down too far, it will damage your rotors. Rotors can also warp over time due to the heat caused by braking. With proper maintenance, rotors can be resurfaced rather than replaced.
If your brakes do not function properly, knowing what do is critically important.
- Turn on your emergency flashers to warn other drivers
- Downshift to a lower gear
- Forcefully pump your brakes
- Apply the parking brake
- It is unlikely that your car will not stop after applying the parking brake, but if it does not either drive up a hill or scrape gently against a curb or guardrail.
Kia Country checks your brakes on every service visit as part of our Multi-point inspection. If you have any questions or would like a brake inspection, please call our Service Department at 843.573.4995 or complete the form below.