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Emergency Brakes

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by gottawalk, Nov 2, 2005.

  1. Why is it that an emergency brake will keep a car from moving forward real good, but not as well backwards?

    (...you have 30 seconds...go.)
  2. kserg


    Feb 20, 2004
    London, UK
    Its a conspiracy by Brazilian govrement against men of all kind...
  3. Dan1099

    Dan1099 Dumbing My Process Down

    Aug 7, 2004
    First of all, it's a parking brake. Not an Emergency Brake. If you rely on it in an emergency, you may find yourself sorely dissapointed. Second, usuallly, it only brakes the rear wheels. Third, in most designs, they will apply the same braking force going forwards or backwards.
  4. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    I often see the term parking and emergency brake used interchangeably. I was of the understanding that the purpose of this brake was two-fold, as a parking brake and as a means of stopping if there was a total failure of the hydraulic brakes (hence it is a mechanical brake).
  5. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    I usually use it when I am speeding and see a Constable of
    the Law. Then I pull the handbrake so I am not seen
    slamming the brakes on while I am going by at a higher than
    legal rate of speed and unduly awakening him or her from
    whatever porn he or she is surfing on the cockpit computer of
    his or her cruiser with my rear brake lights.

    This usually gets a scathing remark from my spouse, whose
    confidence in my driving skills somehow does not meet my
    own high opinion. The big CLUNK she hears when I do this
    does not reinforce her already low opinion of me for
    endangering her life and limb in this juvenile and
    irresponsible way. Additional remarks then fly from the back
    seat 'peanut gallery' to reinforce my already sadly threatened
    machismo and add to her unnecessarily dim view of my

    I know, flame away. :p
  6. kserg


    Feb 20, 2004
    London, UK
    Eh... i usually downshift... that ruins your car slightly less and has same effect
  7. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    I ram into those waterfilled trashcans. That usually curtails any suspicions.

    brad cook
  8. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY

    "...by this time, the Duke Boys had got themselves in a whole mess o' trouble..."
  9. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    The water is very cleansing.

    (I just take my foot off the gas and dowanshidt as well).
  10. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Your e-brake needs repair, that's why.
  11. kserg


    Feb 20, 2004
    London, UK

    One day i shall try that too...
  12. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    I just call is the "hand-brake".
  13. kserg


    Feb 20, 2004
    London, UK
    What if its located by the pedals?
  14. Then its a much less usefull foot pedal.

    I hate parking brakes. All cars need real emergency brakes. My parking brake wouldn't stop a shoping car propelled by the wind.
  15. kserg


    Feb 20, 2004
    London, UK

    Word... tru dat
  16. First of all, it's either/or. Go to Howstuffworks on the internet and this diagram clearly calls it an "Emergency Brake"
    Obviously, since it's not part of the hydraulic system, it's to be used both to park, and also in the unlikely event of an "emergency" when the hydraulics fail. :eek:

    Second, (and I may be incorrect about this...), the reason you can go into quite a skid if you pull on the "P"/"E" brake, is because it locks up all 4 wheels. I'll look into that one. ;)

    Third, "most", doesn't cover all, and I have yet to have a vehicle have the same "staying" power facing up a hill with the brake applied, than facing down the hill with the same amount of force applied to the brake. That's why I'm asking... :confused:

    Thanks for the input. Got me thinking..
  17. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    Wrong, IME the parking/E brake only applies to the rear wheels, and they lock up quite easily.

    If going about 80mph and you pull it too hard, the release button can be VERY hard to get to disengage when spinning down the road in panic mode.

    Not that I would know.

  18. COL (Chuckle out loud...) I stand, (or sit...) corrected. Maybe that aspect was before disc brakes... :(

    That "release button" problem sort of makes for a good reason to bring back the foot applied "P/E" brake. Just pull the lever to disengage! Thanks for the info.
  19. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    Yeah, I thought about the 4 wheel disc brakes and how that would work, so I added the IME. The cars I've owned with 4 wheel disc never got a high speed "test" since I was grown up and valued my life a little more lol.

    PS, reaching under a dash to pull a release isn't any easier....while the car is spinning down the road while in panic mode. Again, not that I would know. :D
  20. Actually, I found it quite easy, once centrifugal force positioned me under the dash with my face pressed up against the......

    Uh,...forget I said anything... :bag: