WHAT YOUR BRAKES ARE TELLING YOU

Your car's brakes have a way of warning you by telltale sights, sounds and sensations when all is not right. Being alert for these signs gives you a better chance of avoiding costly and painful accidents that result from brake failure. These signs include the following: What you can see - the brake warning light, leaking fluid on the inner sidewall of a tire; What you can hear - squealing or grinding, a scraping noise; What you can feel - mushy or spongy brakes, thumping against your foot, a brake pedal that travels too far, grabbing or pulling to one side. This article explains the causes of these warning signs, describes how your brakes work, explains what to do if you lose power, and describes the new anti-lock devices that have recently become available.

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  • Corporate Authors:

    National Safety Council

    444 North Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL  United States  60611
  • Publication Date: 1985-11

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 22-23
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00495697
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-039 548
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1990 12:00AM