Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Electronic Brake Control Module (EBCM)

Schedule Brake System Inspection
Service Area

$79.99 - $89.99

Price range for all vehicles
Average rating from 203 customers who received a Brake System Inspection.

While the vast majority of road going vehicles still employ traditional hydraulic braking systems, electronic brakes are a feature that is becoming increasingly common. Over time manufacturers have developed safety features and advancements in braking designs which use electronic sensors and modules. Modern electronic brakes have more electronic components and are considerably more complicated than traditional systems, however they give the advantage of more precise braking and increased safety.

Electronic braking systems are controlled by the electronic brake control module, or EBCM for short. The EBCM reads all of the braking system’s sensors and activates the ABS or traction control system when it detects it is necessary. When the EBCM fails it can disable the ABS and sometimes cause issues with braking the vehicle. Usually a bad or failing EBCM will produce a few symptoms that can alert the driver of a potential issue.

1. ABS Light comes on

The most common symptom of a problem with the EBCM is an illuminated ABS Light. The EBCM is often tied into, if not the main control unit for the ABS system. When it fails or has any issues, it will set off the ABS Light to alert the driver of an issue.

2. Check Engine Light comes on

Another symptom of a bad or failing electronic brake control module is an illuminated Check Engine Light. Some vehicles will set off the Check Engine Light if the EBCM has an issue, instead of the ABS Light. Either light can be caused by a wide variety of symptoms, however, so having the computer scanned for trouble codes is highly recommended.

3. ABS or traction control system failures

Malfunctioning, or nonfunctional ABS or traction control systems are another symptom of a problem with the EBCM. The EBCM is the central control unit for the electronic brakes, so if it fails, any electronically controlled braking features, such as the ABS and traction control, will be disabled. In some instances a failed EBCM may cause the traction control and ABS system to behave erratically, which can interfere with the handling and safety of the vehicle.

The EBCM is an important component and critical to the operation of the vehicle’s ABS and traction control systems. If you suspect that your vehicle’s EBCM may be having an issue, have the vehicle inspected by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic to determine if the module should be replaced.


Next Step

Schedule Brake System Inspection

The most popular service booked by readers of this article is Brake System Inspection. Yourmechanic’s technicians bring the dealership to you by performing this job at your home or office 7 days a week between 7AM-9PM. We currently cover over 10k cities and have 100k+ 5-star reviews... LEARN MORE

SEE PRICING & SCHEDULING

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Recent Brake System Inspection reviews

Excellent Rating


YourMechanic Brake System Inspection Service

Average Rating

4.8/5

Number of Reviews

203

Rating Summary
187
8
2
1
5
187
8
2
1
5

Pierre

8 years of experience
25 reviews
Pierre
8 years of experience
BMW 740iL - Brake System Inspection - Weymouth, Massachusetts
Absolutely Grateful for the knowledge he had, the many small things he pointed out to me, that ment a lot. Looking forward to making sure the gets exactly what it needs, for me to enjoy it! Thanks Again! :Mark C. Pierce 98 BMW 740 il

Helder

31 years of experience
28 reviews
Helder
31 years of experience
Dodge Durango - Brake System Inspection - Attleboro, Massachusetts
Very nice guy, he’s worked on my car twice so far and he’s been great. On time, and very professional

Mazyar

7 years of experience
181 reviews
Mazyar
7 years of experience
Pontiac Montana - Brake System Inspection - Atlanta, Georgia
Mark was personable. Very professional. I was so impressed that I asked if he could come back to do the follow up when I was ready.

Joel

20 years of experience
768 reviews
Joel
20 years of experience
Infiniti G35 - Brake System Inspection - Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Joel was great. Honest fast and professional. He is the automobile maintenance version of the trusted family doctor, attorney etc. Good to have a QB to save time and $pin job at dealership etc!

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE