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Most cars that are on the market today have ABS (Anti-lock Brake System). Each manufacturer’s system will vary somewhat, but generally speaking, this is a 4-wheel braking system that prevents your wheels from locking up by modulating the brake pressure automatically if you have to do an emergency stop. That way, you can stop quickly in most conditions, and also maintain control over your steering. In other words, your car will not slide or skid.

When the ABS engages, you will notice a pulsing in the brake pedal, and a clicking sound, accompanied by a fall followed by a rise. The ABS control module is what causes your ABS to engage. You use your brakes every day, so ideally, your ABS will always be available to you, but if it should fail, you will still have your regular braking system.

The ABS module is like most electronic components in your car – it can be damaged by impact, electrical overloads, or extreme temperatures. Under most conditions, though, the ABS module should last the life of your car. If your ABS module should fail, the ABS will stop working. Then, you will notice the following:

  • ABS warning light comes on
  • Wheels slide during sudden stops, especially on slippery or wet pavement
  • Hard brake pedal

If your ABS light comes on, you will still have regular braking power, but none of the protection you would have against your wheels locking up and sending you into a slide if you have to brake suddenly. The problem could be the ABS control module. You should have it checked, and if necessary, contact a professional mechanic to replace the ABS control module.


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50 years of experience
Honda Accord - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
I specifically asked for Bernie to come back, since I was so pleased with the work he did on our other car. This time I got to meet Bernie personally. He is a kind family-man who exhibited the quiet confidence of someone you would expect with the 50 years of automotive experience that he has. I felt very comfortable giving him the key to my car. Two of my kids (ages two and four) came out to greet him, since they remembered him from his first visit. Bernie is great around kids and was very kind to my two-year old son who was trying to "help" Bernie do his job. Thanks again, Bernie!
Honda Odyssey - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
I was very pleased with Bernie's work, professionalism, and courteousness. Best brake job I have ever had, and I have had many done (and several done myself, but not on this vehicle). This was a maintenance appointment -- not a repair of something broken -- so I was surprised when the brakes felt so much better after Bernie did the work. You can really see the care he took with our vehicle when I examined everything after he was finished. Thanks, Bernie!

Daniel

9 years of experience
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Daniel
9 years of experience
Hyundai Sonata - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Sacramento, California
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18 years of experience
Toyota RAV4 - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Conroe, Texas
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19 years of experience
BMW Z4 - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Phoenix, Arizona
Brian knows what he is doing and I am so happy yourmechanic.com suggested him for my Z4 car inspection prior to purchasing and even happier he was available to perform my 1st service on the vehicle I purchased. His knowledge on the brand gave him ability to to an in depth inspection and he communicated very well informing me what to prepare for in ownership of my BMW. When he came to perform maintenance on my vehicle he shared so many tips with me. I will absolutely be having Brian come back out when I need future servicing on my car.

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