My car is a 1999 Honda Civic (I can’t afford a new car, so please don’t suggest it.)
This morning I went in for a state inspection, oil change and rear brake replacement. Driving home while going downhill on the highway, I hit the brakes - and they failed completely. At first it felt like the car actually bucked forward. I tried flooring the brake, but felt no resistance and the car didn’t stop. I kept my foot off the gas and coasted to a stop.
The tow truck driver told me he could feel a problem just getting the car onto the tow truck, and again when he took it off.
The Honda place checked it and did a test drive, found nothing.They said it couldn’t be air in the brakes be took me for a short test drive and assured me I’d be fine. The
I headed home again and the brakes failed again at almost the same spot. This time it wasn’t a complete failure. After no resistance at first, the brakes “caught” though somewhat mushily. I put on my flashers and kept going, at about 45 mph. Got off the highway and had to crawl because braking wasn’t taking effect immediately. But as I drove on at 10 mph, they began working again. Not as well as they should, but enough to get me home.
It seems the brakes fail after 15 - 20 minutes of driving at 65 mph. They work better after a rest and at slower speeds.
If it makes a difference, my compressor is gone, so the car doesn’t have a/c, and it is hot out so I’m wondering if the heat is affecting something. However, I haven’t had these brake problems until today.
Tomorrow morning, Honda will tow me back and look at the again. Since they had no ideas today about what caused the problem, I’m hoping someone here might think of something I can suggest to them.