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Living the American dream one heartbreaking piece at a time
It's coming right for us!
[Edit @1902 12/8/09: Made it home safely. The I-88 merge was crappy and gave me a few scares in different spots, but got through it without incident. The truck is parked in the driveway and waiting for me to look at it tomorrow.]

When I left the Wood Dale office tonight the Expedition had what can only be described as a catastrophic brake failure. As in: push brake pedal to the floor with sickening ease and the truck doesn't slow appreciably. Also, on the dash, the BRAKE light is on, glowing angrily in red at me.

You can bet I am not driving to work tomorrow. But I do have to get home to figure out what went wrong.

It has been and is going to continue to be a very interesting commute home.

Right now I am on the shoulder at the I-88 interchange on Southbound I-355, preparing myself for the challenge of very carefully negotiating the merging traffic. This is the worst spot of all, really.

Once I have done that I've got about fifteen miles to go before I reach my driveway. Thank god for downshifting, parking brakes and hazard lights.

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points From: points Date: January 9th, 2009 12:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Er... ah.. erk? Be careful, please.

And I'll have to whack Boo for cutting the lines too early. ;)
feren From: feren Date: January 9th, 2009 01:11 am (UTC) (Link)
As things stand right now my parents get all the insurance money, so I called my dad to tell him what was going on and (teasingly) chide him for trying to get my insurance money by doing something so lame as cutting my brakes.
doomsey From: doomsey Date: January 9th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
glad you made it home safely.

driving home with failed brakes is pretty ballsy. If it happened to me, I'd be calling a tow truck...
arphalia From: arphalia Date: January 9th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh jesus! Post when you get home so we know you're not stuck IN traffic. o_o
feren From: feren Date: January 9th, 2009 01:07 am (UTC) (Link)
I updated the "It's coming right for us!" post this comment is in by putting an EDIT at the very top stating I made it home safely.

Thanks for your concern, hon. *squeeze*
spoothbrush From: spoothbrush Date: January 9th, 2009 12:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I have nightmares like that. Yikes!
feren From: feren Date: January 9th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I have nightmares of dying in elevators that race to the top and then plummet to the bottom, which for me is terrifying because I have no control in that sort of situation. This, for me, was annoying and worrying! But not terrifying. What's the difference? In this case I had some modicum of control between road shoulders, downshifting and the parking brake.
spoothbrush From: spoothbrush Date: January 9th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC) (Link)
$20 says you're also a much better driver than me.
panzier From: panzier Date: January 9th, 2009 03:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Aww, was there just the other night! heh! There are new type brake lines, they're coated end to end and supposedly won't corrode as fast as the old style, they do look good and time will tell.
feren From: feren Date: January 9th, 2009 08:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I'd seen that news this morning. I couldn't help but think of the irony and similarity at several points during the trip.
From: neowolf2 Date: January 13th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had the brakes go out like that once on a Camry, on the way to work. I made it the rest of the way by creeping along at low speed and using engine braking and rubbing against the curb to slow down.

Then I called a towing company, and eventually sold the car when the repair would have involved replacing most of the hoses in the brake system. At least we got 170K miles out of the thing.
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