Q: My ABS and brake light are on, but brakes are working.

asked by on

Noticed 2 days ago my ABS light and brake light were on. My brakes seem to be working although I haven't had to drive much since being on. Wondered what the problem could be and how safe to drive?

My car has 88000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Your car is equipped with wheel speed sensors at each of the four wheels which monitor wheel speed while relaying this information constantly to the ABS and traction control system which are controlled by the car’s ECU. When the ECU senses an abnormal speed given specific conditions, it engages the ABS or traction control as needed to control the vehicle properly and safely. Occasionally, these sensors can fail or become faulty working intermittently sending inaccurate signals to the ECU. When this happens, you may experience the symptoms you have described. The ABS or traction control system may be inadvertently activated by these false or inaccurate signals. I would suggest having a professional from Your Mechanic come to your home to diagnose your ABS and traction control system.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. My ABS and brake light are on, but brakes are working.

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: oil light, security light, and battery light stay on after key is off and removed from ignition, whipers also quit working.

Hello. You likely have issue with your ignition switch or fuse box. More than likely it is a problem with your ignition switch. When an ignition switch goes bad internally it may cause other components to be stay on and...

Q: Car stalls and sputters while in idle

Claimed by Kevin Gainer

Q: Wonky cruise control and rough idle on low gear D

Hello. P0770 is the code for a lock up torque converter shift solenoid malfunction. The lock up torque converter shift solenoid controls the fluid pressure of the torque converter, and the rate and timing at which it locks up. This...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.