5 Essential Things to Know About Your Car’s Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)

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Most newer vehicles come equipped with anti-lock braking systems, also known as ABS, in the vehicle. ABS helps to prevent the vehicle from skidding and helps the driver to maintain control when applying the brakes.

Here are the 5 most essential things to know about the ABS system in your car:

How to Apply the Brakes

When you are in a non-emergency situation, you simply apply the brakes as you normally would, and the vehicle will stop in the normal manner. When you are in an emergency however, and need to stop as quickly as possible, you should slam on the brakes as quickly and as hard as possible – do not pump the brakes.

The Difference Between Rear-Wheel and Four-Wheel ABS

Rear-wheel ABS is typically found on vans, SUVs, and trucks. It helps to provide more stability for the vehicle while stopping and to ensure it doesn’t skid sideways. Four-wheel anti-lock brake systems are often on passenger cars and some smaller trucks. This type of system will still allow the driver to steer the vehicle while the brakes are fully depressed.

Where to Locate the Brake Fluid for ABS

The brake fluid is in the ABS master cylinder in most vehicles. You can check the fluid level in the same manner as you would with a vehicle that does not have ABS: Simply look through the transparent brake fluid reservoir to ensure the fluid is between the minimum and maximum level markers.

ABS Improves Braking Effectiveness More Than Braking Speed

A vehicle that has a high-quality ABS system is usually able to stop somewhat faster than those without it. However, the purpose of these systems is to provide the driver with more overall control of the vehicle during hard-braking maneuvers.

How to Tell if the ABS Is Working

When you are driving normally, you will not notice any difference between traditional braking and ABS. It is only during hard braking that the system will be activated. At that point, you may notice a change in the way that the brakes feel. They may vibrate and press back against your foot, or the pedal could drop to the floor. You may hear a grinding sound as you depress the brakes; this is a sign the system is working properly.

Anti-lock braking systems help to make driving safer and to provide you with more effective braking with less manual effort when you are on the road. If you suspect any issues with the anti-lock braking system in your vehicle, have a mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, inspect it at your home or office as soon as you're able.


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Robert

19 years of experience
715 reviews
Robert
19 years of experience
Chevrolet Impala - ABS Light is on - Golden, Colorado
Robert was personable and professional. He did a fantastic job with the car. 10/10 would recommend!
GMC Yukon - ABS Light is on - Denver, Colorado
Robert was prompt, friendly and I felt very confident in his expertise. Being new to Denver, I will definitely use him for my future auto needs. Plus, I loved visiting with his canine companion. 

Diego

20 years of experience
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Diego
20 years of experience
Ford Mustang - ABS Light is on - Peoria, Arizona
Diego is awesome. Shows up and does his work. Truthful and down to earth. Third time I have had him service my vehicles. Definitely will call on him again for future repairs.
Chevrolet Astro - ABS Light is on - Tempe, Arizona
Very polite, knowledgeable and efficient. Keeps you informed and asks before doing work that wasn’t quoted so no surprises.

Matthew

32 years of experience
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Matthew
32 years of experience
Nissan Xterra - ABS Light is on - Norfolk, Virginia
Matt was very knowledge and friendly. He knew what he was doing when troubleshooting an ABS light on my old Xterra. He had to do a few different things to make sure he was getting the correct information and was very fast at getting it done. Even pointed out something I'd have to look into later and also said that my engine compartment looked pretty good compared to some others. Found this service on accident last night while Googling for local shop... I would definitely recommend and use again!
Honda Accord - ABS Light is on Inspection - Norfolk, Virginia
He arrived right on time, and started and finished in a timely manner. Once he was done working he gave me more information about the problems my car was having than I expected. This was my first time having work done and it went very smoothly.

Peter

24 years of experience
297 reviews
Peter
24 years of experience
Toyota Camry - ABS Light is on - Pasadena, California
Peter did an excellent job. My 2000 Toyota Camry has had an ABS warning light for several months and the solution suggested by Pep Boys (after doing a $500 rotor/pad job) was to have Toyota dealer install a new ABS controller which is a $2000 job. Peter performed a difficult (because of the age of the car) diagnostic procedure which confirmed that the ABS controller needed to be replaced but then guided me on getting a used unit from Ebay for $40 and then spend $100 for a mechanic to do an easy installation. I think the basic premise of YourMechanic of sending a mechanic to your home is a very good idea especially for people who are very busy and value the time to take their car to a repair garage. I see very polarized reviews on the web site - either very good or very poor. Some of the complaints are about the mechanic and some are about the administration. In my younger days I worked as a garage mechanic and know there ares some cased where the mechanics is blamed for problems that he/she has no fault with - just unfortunate circumstances. Bottom line, Peter Izaquirre knows his business and was a pleasure to deal with.
Toyota Tacoma - ABS Light is on - Northridge, California
Very knowledgeable, punctual , and friendly guy . Very thorough and did not rush to diagnose my problem he probably spent a good 1 and a half hours going through every scenario. And to top it off I didnt have to lose time at work because he came to my job sit .

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