While we wish the unlucky Corvette driver and his C2 both the best, let’s think about brakes failures for a moment. Why do they happen?
When the pedal feels spongy or even goes to the floor without engaging the system, it’s mainly caused by one of the following four reasons:
- There’s air in the brake lines. The system needs to be bled.
- The brake fluid is leaking somewhere. That needs to be addressed to restore pressure after a refill.
- The master cylinder is wearing out. If the main valve can’t do its job anymore, the part needs to be refurbished, or simply replaced.
- The brake booster is giving up. Again, this is something that needs to be fixed immediately, because while unassisted brakes can still function, in most situations, the lack of support will lead to insufficient stopping power.
When unearthing your vehicle of any age from the garage, or in fact anytime following a six-month hiatus, please always check your tires, brakes and lights first. It’s better to discover a problem at low speeds or when parked, or else you might end up like this guy.
Ironically, four-wheel disc brakes were standard on the Corvette starting in 1965. Shame they couldn’t come in handy here…
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