“Stuck” is an unfortunate phrase that describes exactly what happens to a car as you drive it. A stuck car means that the brakes cannot be applied, the transmission can not be shifted, or the steering cannot be applied. If your car gets stuck in the snow, it means that you cannot get your car out of its stuck, fixed position.
In many cases, a stuck brake pad means that you have to apply the brakes manually, which is not only inconvenient, but can also be quite dangerous. As the brakes begin to apply, they may either miss their mark or not apply at all. This can quickly lead to skidding, loss of control, or even the loss of the brakes altogether. Because the brake pads are the contacts responsible for holding the wheels to the ground, if they are too worn, they cannot provide the necessary braking force to keep the vehicle under control. Likewise, if the transmission is stuck, then you have the added problem of losing steering control. All three of these problems pose huge potential danger to drivers.
So how does a stuck car to get repaired? Well, if you are stuck on a main thoroughfare or in the middle of the freeway, there are several things you can try. You can call out to a tow truck to tow the stuck car to the nearest repair shop, or you can attempt to do it yourself. Unfortunately, in most cases, it is impossible to fix a stuck car without performing an extensive amount of mechanical work yourself, which means that in most cases, you will need to take your vehicle to a shop for repairs. However, before you do that, there are some basic steps you should follow to ensure that your car is safe during the repair process.
In most cases, if you find a vehicle stuck on the road, you should pull off the road and let the vehicle free-flow. Doing so prevents the wheels from locking and causing the stuck vehicle to move, which could increase the chance of the wheels coming free of the tires. If necessary, use the emergency brakes on your vehicle and try to steer the stuck car clear of any traffic. If the wheels of your stuck car come free of the tires, try applying more pressure to the brakes to lock them in place, then use the emergency brake and drag the stuck car to a safe location on the road where you can release the wheels of your vehicle.
When your vehicle is at a safe location, plug the vehicle into a power outlet and call out to a tow truck to remove the stuck vehicle. The tow truck driver will be able to inspect the brakes and will make any necessary adjustments to them prior to taking the car away safely. Make sure you wash and wax the brakes to avoid rust and other corrosion that can occur during the removal process. It’s also a good idea to install additional safety equipment on the brakes to prevent any potential accidents while they are being removed. These include rotors protectors and brake pads, as well as tire irons to keep the brakes from slipping.
If you are unable to find a way to free your car of the stuck motorist, call out to a nearby fire hydrant and ask for assistance. Some fire departments will try to tow a vehicle to a shop so the brakes can be fixed, but more often than not, the stranded vehicle will need to be towed to a local garage. Once there, the technician will try to determine what caused the stuck motorist to become trapped. They may be able to use the vehicle jack to raise the car so it can be driven away, or they might suggest that you take someone with you who knows how to work with the equipment so that you don’t damage anything while trying to free the vehicle.