How to use emergency braek to stop

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Old 02 Oct 2008, 12:05 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to use emergency braek to stop

I usually only use the emergency brake on my 2000 Camry CE when
parking on a hill slope. I've never thought of and never tried to use
it in an emergency to stop the car.

So in case I do get into an situation where the usual front and rear
brakes fail, I want to know how the emergency brake functions. Here
is what I plan to do. I'll drive my car at a speed of around 40 to 50
mph on an empty space, then I'll use ONLY the emergency brake to stop
the car. I want to feel how it works so I can be ready in a real
emergency.

Since I never tried this before, I want to check with experts here.
The manual doesn't say to try something like this. So I wonder if I
can actually try this. Will it hurt my car? Thanks.
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Old 02 Oct 2008, 01:10 pm   #2 (permalink)
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On Oct 2, 10:05 am, cicada <ryinm...@gmail.com> wrote:
> I usually only use the emergency brake on my 2000 Camry CE when
> parking on a hill slope. I've never thought of and never tried to use
> it in an emergency to stop the car.
>
> So in case I do get into an situation where the usual front and rear
> brakes fail, I want to know how the emergency brake functions. Here
> is what I plan to do. I'll drive my car at a speed of around 40 to 50
> mph on an empty space, then I'll use ONLY the emergency brake to stop
> the car. I want to feel how it works so I can be ready in a real
> emergency.



That might be a little fast. You might skid. I've tried it in my '96
camry but only at low speeds: less than 20 mph.

Try downshifting, disabling the O/D? Are you anticipating coming down
a mountain pass and the brakes failing?

Michael

>
> Since I never tried this before, I want to check with experts here.
> The manual doesn't say to try something like this. So I wonder if I
> can actually try this. Will it hurt my car? Thanks.


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Old 02 Oct 2008, 02:33 pm   #3 (permalink)
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On Oct 2, 12:05*pm, cicada <ryinm...@gmail.com> wrote:
> I usually only use the emergency brake on my 2000 Camry CE when
> parking on a hill slope. *I've never thought of and never tried to use
> it in an emergency to stop the car.
>
> So in case I do get into an situation where the usual front and rear
> brakes fail, I want to know how the emergency brake functions. *Here
> is what I plan to do. *I'll drive my car at a speed of around 40 to 50
> mph on an empty space, then I'll use ONLY the emergency brake to stop
> the car. *I want to feel how it works so I can be ready in a real
> emergency.
>
> Since I never tried this before, I want to check with experts here.
> The manual doesn't say to try something like this. *So I wonder if I
> can actually try this. *Will it hurt my car? *Thanks.


Hold in the release button with your thumb so its like a hand brake,
or it will lock in that position, have fun, go 55 and pull hard your
rear brakes just lock up. Good idea to check now because cables
stretch and it may need adjustment, I drove home one winter night when
my brake line ruptured, and my emergency brake cables were loose, I
did not have much stopping power. Using the emergency brake is just
like having only rear brakes, it works.
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Old 02 Oct 2008, 06:13 pm   #4 (permalink)
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cicada wrote:
> I usually only use the emergency brake on my 2000 Camry CE when
> parking on a hill slope. I've never thought of and never tried to use
> it in an emergency to stop the car.
>
> So in case I do get into an situation where the usual front and rear
> brakes fail, I want to know how the emergency brake functions. Here
> is what I plan to do. I'll drive my car at a speed of around 40 to 50
> mph on an empty space, then I'll use ONLY the emergency brake to stop
> the car. I want to feel how it works so I can be ready in a real
> emergency.
>
> Since I never tried this before, I want to check with experts here.
> The manual doesn't say to try something like this. So I wonder if I
> can actually try this. Will it hurt my car? Thanks.



Braking with just the rear wheels can be dangerous (slides and/or
skids) so use the E-brake carefully, and use engine braking in the front
by manually downshifting the transmission.
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Old 03 Oct 2008, 03:36 pm   #5 (permalink)
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cicada wrote:
> I usually only use the emergency brake on my 2000 Camry CE when
> parking on a hill slope.

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Simply change your terminology to "parking brake."
All modern brake systems use a partitioned master cylinder, so even if
a portion of the braking system fails completely, you're not without
stopping power.
The parking brake will slow the car, but it's not intended for that
purpose and is of limited value for real braking.
Change the brake fluid every few years and check the linings thickness
occasionally, you should be fine.
The front brakes do most of the work and they have a metallic scraper
to remind you when worm too low.
Actual brake failure is rare, not worth your concern.
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Old 03 Oct 2008, 03:52 pm   #6 (permalink)
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On Oct 3, 3:36*pm, Daniel <nospampls2...@yahoo.com> wrote:
> cicada wrote:
> > I usually only use the emergency brake on my 2000 Camry CE when
> > parking on a hill slope.

>
> ====
> Simply change your terminology to "parking brake."
> All modern brake systems use a partitioned master cylinder, so even if
> a portion of the braking system fails completely, you're not without
> stopping power.
> The parking brake will slow the car, but it's not intended for that
> purpose and is of limited value for real braking.
> Change the brake fluid every few years and check the linings thickness
> occasionally, you should be fine.
> The front brakes do most of the work and they have a metallic scraper
> to remind you when worm too low.
> Actual brake failure is rare, not worth your concern.


Oh really. Mine failed 100%, brake line rusted out from 15 years of
salt, the only way to stop was the parking brake. We have road salt
here 7-8 months of the year
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Old 03 Oct 2008, 04:20 pm   #7 (permalink)
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"ransley" <Mark_Ransley@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:aa4f2ec1-8f09-452c-a877-e7704e8cd78a@2g2000hsn.googlegroups.com...
> Using the emergency brake is just
> like having only rear brakes, it works.


The thing is you use hand instead of a leg and you do not have the power
boost. For a big man it is easy to lock the drums and skid on your tires but
small lady might have a problem pulling the lever strong enough to do any
significant braking.

The problem in the city is that when you realize the brakes do not work it
is usually too late to switch to the hand brake :-) You would be parked in
some other car's rear end.

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Old 03 Oct 2008, 04:24 pm   #8 (permalink)
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"Daniel" <nospampls2002@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> cicada wrote:
>> I usually only use the emergency brake on my 2000 Camry CE when
>> parking on a hill slope.

> ====
> Simply change your terminology to "parking brake."
> All modern brake systems use a partitioned master cylinder, so even if
> a portion of the braking system fails completely, you're not without
> stopping power.


Is 1994 nissa sentra a modern system?
Because my flex rubber brake hose on the left front brakes ruptured from a
mechanical damage flushing the brake fluid on the road and my brake pedal
went to the ground. Weird feeling... especially in the city when you brake
just enough time before the red light...

> Actual brake failure is rare, not worth your concern.


Unless you are stupid enough to ride down the California Mountains holding
your foot on the brake pedal and boiling the fluid over :-) I saw people
doing this - drove behind one of them and I could feel their burned brake
material in my cabin, ha ha...

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