Q: The abs light came up suddenly in the dash. What I need to do? Is there any simple ways to fix it?

asked by on

The abs light came up suddenly in the dash. What I need to do? Is there any simple ways to fix it?

My car has 130000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

ABS refers to the Anti-lock Braking System. It is a computer controlled system that modulates the brake pressure to individual wheels if they are starting to lock up. The ABS controller is constantly monitoring the various sensors and devices in the system and if something doesn’t pass the self test, it turns on the light and shuts off the ABS function. This doesn’t mean you don’t have brakes. It means that if you are in a panic stop or braking hard on a slippery road, you may have one or more wheels lock up and skid making the car more difficult to control. The next step is to have the system scanned to read the trouble codes that the controller logged when it turned on the light. Those codes will help a technician make a diagnosis. More often than not, it will turn out to be a bad wheel speed sensor, which is a relatively inexpensive part of the system. To have this checked out at your convenience, you can contact Your Mechanic. They can send a technician to your home or office to check out your ABS and let you know what it will take to fix it.

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. The abs light came up suddenly in the dash. What I need to do? Is there any simple ways to fix it?

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: Rear brake clicking noise after putting on a set of shoes and drums.

Hi there. Check the hardware to the shoes and see if the springs are sprung. A loose brake return spring will cause a clicking sound as its touching the drum when the brakes are applied. If the springs are the...

Q: What kind of modification/performance can I do to my car?

Hello - the best way to keep your Altima running like new is "attentive maintenance". Keep fluids (oil, transmission fluid, coolant) topped off and changed at recommended intervals. If your timing chain and associated components (tensioner, idler, chain guides, etc.)...

Q: Car is leaking coolant, and overheating, is it the intake manifold gasket?

This may be related to a few different things such as a bad thermostat, a failing coolant fan relay, or a blown head gasket. As you may know the thermostat regulates the flow of coolant in and out of the...

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 Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...