Is it Safe to Drive With the ABS Light On?

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ABS stands for anti-lock braking system (ABS), and helps the tires on your vehicle to maintain contact with the road while you are braking. It functions by preventing the wheels from locking up, which can result in uncontrollable skids. The main purpose of ABS is to improve vehicle control under heavy braking, especially on loose or slick surfaces. It does not necessarily decrease stopping distance, although it can help.

Here are some things to know about ABS safety:

  • The ABS does a self-test every time you turn on the ignition. Once you start your vehicle, the warning light will briefly come on, and if the computer finds a problem, the light will stay on. If you notice the light flash immediately after starting the vehicle, then it's just your vehicle doing a self-check.

  • If the warning light comes on while you are driving, it means the ABS is not working properly. Your brakes will still work, but the ABS might not engage if you need to make an emergency stop. If the light remains on, you need to have a mechanic diagnose the ABS light issue as soon as possible. Since the ABS helps with vehicle control and stopping distances, it is an important safety feature to maintain – you never know when you'll need it.

  • If both the ABS and brake system light come on at the same time, your vehicle is no longer safe to drive. This means there is a serious problem with the braking system, and continuing to drive puts yourself and others at risk of a car crash.

  • As you brake heavily and your ABS engages, you will notice the brake pedal pulsating. This is completely normal and means the ABS is working normally. The ABS works with your braking system to create this pulsating to keep the wheels from locking up. Once you feel this pulsating, keep your foot on the brake pedal and let the system do the work for you. All you need to do is concentrate on steering safely.

Driving with the ABS warning light on is not a good idea because it means your ABS is not working properly. Your vehicle may not handle stopping on slippery surfaces like it is designed to under heavy braking. If both your ABS Light and brake system light come on, this is an emergency and you need to stop driving right away. Have your entire brake system inspected by a certified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic.


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Peter

24 years of experience
255 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 .

Michael

37 years of experience
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Michael
37 years of experience
GMC Safari - ABS Light is on Inspection - Brea, California
I wish that I knew about your company, “New Mechanic “ earlier. Michael is very conscientious and professional. I would highly recommend.John Sideri.
Mercury Mountaineer - ABS Light is on - Cypress, California
Michael does outstanding work and is very thorough. I have had him do various jobs on different cars and on on a scale of 1 to 10 I would definitely give him a 10 and would trust him with any mechanical job!

James

29 years of experience
608 reviews
James
29 years of experience
Isuzu Trooper - ABS Light is on - Orlando, Florida
James was a pleasure to interact with and very thorough. I will be using him again. Thanks for the great service and help!
Ford Explorer Sport Trac - ABS Light is on - Sanford, Florida
James is the most professional mechanic I've come across with Yourmechanic thus far.(from troubleshooting to documentation.)

Theodore

15 years of experience
1114 reviews
Theodore
15 years of experience
Dodge Grand Caravan - ABS Light is on - Bellevue, Washington
Second time using Theodore to service my van. He's always professional and detail oriented. He takes extra effort in tracking down issues and explains things well. Very customer oriented. Highly recommend.

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