Nothing is more worrisome then when a light on your car’s dashboard comes on while you’re driving. However, many Waxahachie drivers may not know precisely what some of the lights may mean. So today, the friendly auto repair experts at Christian Brothers Automotive in Waxahachie, Texas are discussing some of the common reasons your ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) or traction control light is on.
ABS is Malfunctioning
ABS and traction control generally share the same control module and internal self-diagnostics system. Sometimes an issue in the ABS can trigger the traction control light to come on. However, if this is the case, then both the ABS and traction control lights will be on.
Low Fuel Levels in ABS Fluid Reservoir
Your vehicle’s ABS light can come on if it senses abnormally low levels of brake fluid. If your brake fluid is low, you’ll be able to observe it in the way your car brakes, making them seem soft or spongy. If the brake fluid is low, you’ll probably see more than just the ABS light come one.
Broken Wheel Speed Sensors
Wheel speed sensors determine the rate at which each wheel is moving and are usually a part of the wheel bearing assembly. The sensors deliver that information to the traction control module, which determines whether or not a shift in power is necessary. Wheel speed sensors can get dirty or damaged and stop working, which keeps the traction control module from knowing when to enable the system.
Traction Control is Turned Off
Many new vehicles give drivers the option to turn off the traction control in their vehicles. If your vehicles traction control light is on, it may be as easy as making sure your traction control isn’t turned off.
If your traction control or ABS lights come on, be sure to contact Christian Brother Automotive in Waxahachie, TX today. Discover the nice difference.