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Understanding the ABS on Your Brakes and Its Common Problems

When people buy modern cars, they automatically look for ones that have an Anti-Lock Brake System, more popularly known as ABS. Although this is definitely a good thing to have in your car, very few understand what it really is for. Because of this, people sometimes end up misunderstanding how important it really is to get an ABS replacement the moment it shows any signs of malfunctioning.

What It Does

The ABS is only a part of your braking system, and not really the brake itself. It adds a sense of security to drivers as it allows them to control their vehicle more effectively in case the need for a sudden stop arises, or if they are stepping on the brakes on a slippery road.

Your ABS is responsible for monitoring each wheel and the speed at which each of them are moving to detect any signs of locking. Locking often happens when you hit the brakes too heavily. So in the event that a sudden stop is detected, your ABS releases the brake pressure and then immediately provides optimum braking pressure to each wheel. As the system repeats this cycle, the driver is able to have better steering control and will be able to stop the car more effectively.

Common ABS Problems

So how do you find out if you need an ABS replacement? Here are some of the most common problems that car owners encounter when they have ABS:

  • The indicator light malfunctions. Your ABS comes with an indicator light on your dashboard that tells you whether there is a problem with your ABS. There have been a lot of instances when it lights up even if there are no ABS problems.
  • The wheel speed sensor malfunctions. The main source of data for your ABS is the wheel sensor, as it tells the system when a lock-up is about to happen. Because the sensors are magnetic, it becomes easy prey for metal particles that would disrupt its signal. Dirt and dust buildup also messes up its signals, and could send the wrong message to your ABS.
  • The tire size is incorrect. A lot of wheels look better on your car compared to the others, but if it’s not the recommended size, it could affect the way your ABS works. The sensors may not be able to give accurate data, and premature lock-up could also occur.
  • The ABS controller is broken. The ABS controller serves as the entire operations’ headquarters and any problem here could require an ABS replacement. It is the one reading the data sent by the sensors and activates the ABS when it sees the need. If it breaks down, the entire system fails.
  • The wiring is damaged. Wires connect your ABS together, and even the simplest problem could cause your ABS to malfunction, or to stop working completely.

The best way to figure out if an ABS replacement is needed is to take your car to your local auto dealership and have the factory-trained technicians take a look at it. They could easily put in an ABS replacement and even give you tips on how to take care of it more effectively.


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