You saw it coming. You heard the unusual part coming off the wheel area of your Porsche. You knew something was wrong but you kept ignoring the signs. The noise got louder. The car started gravitating towards one side. You felt it vibrate and grind as you took corners. You pushed too hard your Porsche and promised yourself to have the problem fixed over the weekend. You even thought of buying new Porsche brake pads on your way to the mechanic. Then it happened. Your brakes failed!
This may sound like something familiar or something you may never have to deal with. But have you ever thought what you would do if your brakes failed? The thought of it alone is scary, which is one reason why you should always have your Porsche braking system in good condition 24/7. Your Porsche brake pads, rotors, bearing and even the wheels should always be in a perfect condition. Here’s what you should do in the event of brake failure as you drive.
Try The Brakes Again
Porsche models, with the exception of classic ones, always come along with dual braking systems. The systems control rear and front brakes independently. That means both halves of the system must fail for your Porsche to totally lose all its braking power. But even then, having your vehicle’s braking ability reduced by half is enough to make anyone feel unsafe. Either way, there may be some stopping power left. With that in mind, try to apply strong but consistent pressure to the brake pedal until your car slows down.
The Emergency Brake
The emergency braking system is an entirely different system from the main and usual hydraulic system. It will most likely slow down the vehicle and eventually stop it. This may take longer though as compared to the time it takes to stop the vehicle using its hydraulic brakes.
Downshift To A Lower Gear
Keep your foot off the accelerator immediately you notice your brakes have failed. Downshift to allow the engine to slow down the car. If you have a manual transmission car, work your way down through all gears to slow down. If on the other hand, you have an automatic transmission car, take your foot off the accelerator to allow your car to shift into lower gears.
Note that newer models with automatic transmission can allow one to drive manually. In that case, you can use paddle shifters if your car has the feature. The shifters are simply levers located on the steering wheels. You can alternatively put your transmission into manual mode before downshifting to the lowest gear.
Do Not Turn Your Car Off Until You Have Stopped
Shutting your car off might seem like the best way to slow it down but it is not. Leave the engine running as you drive and try to slow down. Try this until the car eventually stops. Turning off the ignition will slow down the car but it will also shut down the power steering. This will make it hard for the vehicle to turn. It can also cause the steering wheel to suddenly lock into place. Simply have your car slow down and stop before turning it off.