VIDEO: Boulder Comes Within Inches of Crushing Car

This is the closest of calls. This Toyota sedan was driving in Taiwan when a massive boulder pummels down a mountain and comes within inches of crushing the car and everyone inside. The event occurred in the southern city of Tainan on Saturday.

The boulder was loosened by a landslide which was caused by torrential rain. The car’s driver made a great choice to get out of the way of the initial landslide by switching lanes. Had the car stayed in the right lane, it might have been flattened.

Imagine being the car’s occupants watching the boulder slowly fall into your car only to lose momentum and fall backwards away from you. Lucky break.

The car’s occupants are said to have had made it out with only minor injuries and unfortunately for Taiwan’s motorists, Tropical storm Kong-Rey, which has already dropped more than 500 millimeters of rain on the island, is expected to continue through Monday.

Cheez-It Truck’s Brakes Failed Resulting in Cheesy Crash

This is by far the cheesiest brake related crash we have ever seen. The person that didn’t ensure that these brakes were in proper working order before the truck made this trip is a muenster.

Pile-Of-Cheez-Its

The driver wasn’t hurt in the crash, but the Cheez-Its spilled out of the truck and all over the highway. Luckily, it was the Hot & Spicy Cheez-Its, so no one cried over spilled, coagulated and aged milk.

It’s gouda have your brakes checked on a regular basis to prevent brake related crashes like this.

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Pool Cleaner + Brake Fluid = Fiery Chemical Reaction

Is this safe? Definitely not. But, it is cool!

Two basic ingredients that technicians are sure to have in their garage — pool cleaner and brake fluid.

You don’t need pure chlorine, what you need is “pool shock” or calcium hypochlorite. Your brake fluid should be a type with polyethylene glycol. When you mix the two together, nothing happens. Well, for about 15 seconds nothing happens.

Soon the mixture bubbles up, builds up pressure inside the water bottle forcing the plastic to expand and … POW! Erupts into a red flame.

Is brake fluid flammable? Not necessarily. Here’s an explanation from i09:

“In studies of the reaction, all the brake fluid is consumed by the fire, but no effort on the part of the researchers can get the brake fluid to ignite on its own. The calcium hypochlorite is ripping the brake fluid apart, grabbing the hydrocarbons in it, and the heat from the reaction is making them ignite. In conclusion, boom.”

Here’s a few things to be careful for:

This reaction will work in any bottle, including glass bottles. Do not use a glass bottle to try this out. The glass will break into shards and the shards shooting off from the reaction could result in an injury.

It’s also a chemical reaction people, there’s nothing inherently safe about those …

But, you can Youtube the reaction safely! Check out this video:

New Holland Driver Crashes Into Auto Body Shop

Car crashed into an auto body shop in New Holland, PennsylvaniaA New Holland, Penn. driver crashed into an auto body shop on Saturday. Following the crash, the driver looked at the crashed car, the shop’s mechanics and sighed, “Just leave it here.”

The Dodge Neon had brake problems before the crash, as confirmed by the tow truck driver and the New Holland police.

The body shop’s showroom suffered damages from the crash, but no one was hurt.

Read the actual story here: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/874468_Car-crashes-into-showroom-in-New-Holland.html#ixzz2ZtRt3kNY

Rotor ‘Blows Up’

Safebraking owes a huge tip of the hat to r/justrolledintotheshop and redditor eldoradoslim for this story.

A 2005 Honda Accord was towed into this mechanic’s shop shop the driver side brake rotor “blew up or something.” He said that “no one had ever seen this before ever.”

Here are the original images.

Right side rotor

Right side rotor

 

Left side rotor...used to be here

Left side rotor…used to be here

 

The two compared side by side

The two compared side by side

 

Rotor blew through the rim

Rotor blew through the rim

 

And the lower control arm was also bent

And the lower control arm was also bent

 

 

 

TIL: Heated Metal from Your Brake Parts Can Cause Fires

brushfireA fire erupted in Cuesta Grade, Calif. this Sunday and it was caused by a hot piece of metal from the brakes of a car descending a hill, according to California fire investigator Zach Nichols.

“It’s extremely common for a brake component or exhaust component to start a fire,” he said.

The fire spread across 10-acres. No injuries were reported, but some of PG&E’s power poles were burned in the fire and traffic delays occurred. This is the fourth vehicle related fire around this area this year.

Basically what happened was this: As drivers descend on the steep hill, they brake hard at the bottom to reduce their speed. That heats up the brakes and sometimes causes parts to fly off. The lack of rain in the area, combined with the loose heated metal caused the dry grasses to ignite into flame.

The fire department had found a piece of metal in a burnt piece of grass on the southbound gutter of the highway, and from there could determine where the fire had spread.