Originally Posted by Technical Ted
I can't argue with the number of people that lost all brakes after breaking a line. It must have changed with anti-lock brakes. Good thing to know if you're driving around with rusty lines! Now I've got another job to do.
^^^ Screw that. ^^^ I'm retracting my retraction! Son was on his way to a store this afternoon when 2 kids ran across the street in front of him. He slams on the brakes & the kids were untouched but right after that he realized the brakes were going to the floor. So he comes home & tells me what happened & that the brake fluid leaked out from a line.
Of course I'm thinking that now I get to see this for myself. We go for a short drive & with my left foot hovering over the emergency brake, take it up to about 20 mph & try the brakes. The pedal seems to go all the way to the floor but the car does slow down. I take it up to 20 again & slam on the brakes & the car stops faster & the antilocks are even pulsating. It feels like you have less than half the braking power but the car will stop.