5 Feb 2003 khoerling   » (Journeyer)

A warm hello to anyone reading this.

Today, I was enroute to school (starting day for 3 classes at CSUF), slowing down for a turn, depressing the brake pedal a bit, when I noticed the pedal didn't seem to offer any resistance. Stunned and curious, I hit the pedal again to test and it went straight to the floor board--krikies! The master break cylinder failed. The car will still coast to a long stop with the pedal on the floor. So, using a combination of that and the parking break (thank god for the nice pull-back lever and not a sticking floor kind), I was able to creep the car into a near-by shop. I left the car there, walked a block to a car rental, picked out the cheapest car available and made it to Fullerton 20 minutes into the first class as to not be dropped! Whew.

Luckily I didn't need to stop short and wasn't on the freeway. It seriously happened when no cars were in front of me--at 8:45 in local traffic nonetheless--a good omen of sorts.

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