Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)

The anti-lock braking system (abbreviated ABS) prevents the wheels from skidding or locking up during heavy braking. Without ABS, your wheels are more prone to locking up which means it would take longer for your car to stop when braking. The ABS system constantly monitors each wheel and if it detects a skid, it will reduce the amount of hydraulic pressure being sent to that wheel.

What does it feel like when the ABS engages?

When the ABS engages, you will likely feel the brake pedal pump a little. You may also hear a grinding or mechanical noise, which is the sound of the ABS pump working. It is important to try not to panic if the ABS engages – try to keep your foot on the brake pedal and steer clear of any danger. Brake assist from the ABS will allow you to steer effectively while you are braking.

What kinds of driving conditions will cause the ABS to engage?

Anything that will cause your wheels and tires to stop moving will cause the ABS to engage. This can be from crossing railroad tracks, driving on a slick surface, or sudden, hard braking.

What not to do when the ABS engages?

When you feel the ABS engage, do your very best to not release any pressure from the brake pedal. Doing so will only increase your stopping distance and prevent the ABS from doing its job.

ABS maintenance

Sometimes, the ABS may activate when it is not supposed to, making it much more difficult to drive. If this happens, get your vehicle inspected by a car care professional as soon as possible. The ABS might produce an error code that will make the issue easier to diagnose for your technician.

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