Emergency brake failure is usually not a problem unless the vehicle is parked facing UP a steep incline.
Have you ever heard of a vehicle that slipped down a hill even though the emergency brake was on? This can happen when the following 3 conditions occur:
- The vehicle has rear drum brakes
- is not in gear
- and is parked with the nose of the vehicle pointing up a steep incline.
You can test your vehicle by setting the emergency brake and trying to back up. Most likely your vehicle will back up with a little more effort than usual, but when you try to go forward it will not move.
Emergency brakes are designed to keep most vehicles stationary while the vehicle is pointed down inclines or going forward. Emergency brake failure is not usually a problem unless the vehicle is parked on a steep incline. Avoid the slim chance of having your vehicle creep away by pointing the nose downhill and turning the wheels into the curb.
Using the emergency brake the proper way will always bring safe results.
Now that the rainy season is here you may have already gotten a big surprise on your vehicle’s floorboard or trunk area. You open your door, climb in and find out your feet are in water.
The seasonal rain the night before had left a generous deposit of water through a leak somewhere in your vehicle. Your subconscious mind tells you that it is just condensation, but the reality of your wet feet tell you it´s time to get professional help.
Although we have many tests for finding body and seal leaks, they are very time consuming to correct. The blacklight test, pressurized cab test and the dollar bill test are all tests that we may perform at A Street Automotive when we are trying to pinpoint body leaks. Technicians must be able to recreate the leak conditions to fully see the leakage patterns. Consequently, recreating the wind speed and raindrop angles is often the key to making an interior leak appear. Often we cannot even get a leak to appear until we simulate the correct leak conditions. Multiple leaks may even appear under different test conditions.
Please remember when you bring your vehicle in to get the leaks corrected that thy didn´t begin overnight and must be carefully and completely corrected to solve your problems. Using professional methods make body and seal leaks repair seem an easy fix but re-creating leaking conditions and accessing the area may be very time consuming.