Cars and trucks are complex machines with many moving parts. These parts all have to work together to keep you safe and to keep your car running. A sudden screeching or grinding noise while stopping may lead some Oklahoma drivers to believe they’re in immediate danger, or that something is very wrong with their vehicle. Fortunately, this isn’t always the case. It may just be the Anti-lock Braking System kicking into gear. To help you better understand this advanced system, the ASE-certified technicians at Christian Brothers Automotive South Western Ave are answering your questions about ABS.
What does ABS stand for, and what does it do?
ABS stands for Anti-lock Braking System. This system intended to keep your car from skidding, and to help you maintain steering control. It is especially important on slick or icy roads. The ABS uses electronic controls and sensors to manage braking force during hard braking. It engages when the driver steps on the brakes firmly without pumping the brakes.
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
Your ABS light turning on is not a cause for concern. However, you should schedule a brake inspection if your light turns on and stays on for more than a few days.
Is there a difference between rear-wheel ABS and four-wheel ABS?
Some cars’ Anti-lock Braking Systems prevent only the rear wheels from locking up, while others prevent all the wheels from locking. As the name suggests, rear-wheel ABS, keeps your back wheels from locking while four-wheel ABS prevents any of your four wheels from locking up. If you drive a pickup or SUV, your owner’s manual should reveal which ABS you have.
Does ABS help me stop faster?
ABS is built to help drivers maintain control of the vehicle during an emergency braking situation. However, this emergency system may impact the vehicle’s stopping distance. Hitting a bump, crossing railroad tracks, or traveling across any slick surface while braking can cause a wheel to stop turning and the ABS to engage. During these situations, Oklahoma City drivers tend to release brake pressure, resulting in longer stopping distances.
If you’re noticing any trouble with your anti-lock braking system or any other part of your brake system, trust the experts in Oklahoma City brake repair! Call the friendly professionals at Christian Brothers Automotive South Western Ave to schedule an appointment today. Experience the nice difference!