I’m driving a 2008 Highlander, but this question applies to almost any car, I think. On a couple of occasions the Highlander has lost power, and I’ve lost braking and steering ability. Each time this happened I was going at slow speeds and was able to stop without a nasty problem then restart the car. But what if this happens and I really need to brake? Three related questions: (a) Are power brakes going to help me stop the Highlander even when it has lost power? (b) If not, will the parking/emergency brake be useful? © If the answers to (a) and (b) are “No”, what should I do? Of course, I’d love to know why Highlander lost power, but my Toyota dealer was not able to replicate the problem, even after driving the SUV 100+ miles (the two occasions it happened to me were separated by about 5000 miles of driving).
Thanks for your thoughts!