Everyone knows cars and trucks are complicated machines with many moving parts. You also understand all these parts have to work together to keep your car running and to keep you safe. One part you may not be as familiar with is the Anti-Lock Braking System. To help you better understand your vehicle, the ASE-certified technicians at Christian Brothers Automotive Buda near Kyle, TX are answering your questions about ABS.
What does ABS stand for, and what does it do?
ABS stands for Anti-lock Braking System. Anti-lock brakes are built to prevent skidding and to help drivers maintain steering control. The ABS uses electronic sensors and controls to manage braking force during hard braking. It kicks into gear while the driver steps on the brakes firmly without pumping the brakes.
Does ABS help me stop faster?
ABS is designed to help drivers maintain control of the vehicle during an emergency braking situation. While this may cause the car stop more quickly, it’s not the intention. If you’re stopping on wet or slippery roads, the ABS will likely decrease stopping distance.
Why is my ABS light on?
There are quite a few reasons as to why your ABS light may be on, including:
- Damaged wheel sensor
- Broken/missing wheel sensor signals
- Damaged or dirty tone ring
- Malfunctioning pump motor
- Loss of power assist
- ABS pump keeps running
If you notice your light turn on and stay on for more than a day or two, it may be a more serious issue. Call to schedule a brake check with our auto repair shop in Buda.
What is the difference between rear-wheel ABS and four-wheel ABS?
While all ABS are very similar in the way that they control brake pressure, some prevent only the rear wheels from locking up, while others prevent locking on all the wheels. As the name suggests, rear-wheel ABS keeps your back wheels from locking while four-wheel ABS keeps all four wheels from locking up. Buda drivers who own a pickup truck or sport-utility-vehicle, should check their owner’s manual to see which ABS the vehicle uses.
If you notice trouble with your Anti-lock Braking System, bring your car to the experts in Kyle TX auto repair! Call Christian Brothers Automotive Buda, near Kyle, TX today. We’ll check your brakes, inspect the rest of your vehicle, and make sure everything is operating safely. See the nice difference!