Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What does the ABS Light mean on the dash?

asked by on

What does the ABS Light mean on the dash?

A: There are quite a few important lights on t...

There are quite a few important lights on the dash of your car. One of them is the ABS Light. Under normal conditions, the only time you should see this light turn on is when you first crank the ignition. It should light up for a few seconds and then go out after the system conducts a self-check. If the light doesn’t go out, turns on when you’re driving or starts flashing, it means there’s a problem with your ABS system and you need to have it inspected.

Tips

  • If the ABS is disabled, you still have normal braking capabilities (the ABS will not engage, though).

  • Don’t confuse the Brake Light and the ABS Light. Both refer to different systems. If the Brake Light comes on, check your parking brake. If it’s not engaged, have the brake system inspected immediately.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

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: Yellow brake alarm

ItIt's technically safe to drive to a shop, yes. Brake systems rarely (very rarely) experience total failures. Even if a steel brake line carrying brake fluid completely blows out, spewing hydraulic fluid everywhere, you will still have functioning brakes at...

Q: How do I use the keypad to disable the autolock function on the doors?

While you can use the power door locks in your car to disable the autolock feature if you want, you can also use the keypad on the outside of the driver front door. Here’s what you need to do: ...

Q: How do I turn off the defoggers?

Defoggers work to remove dew, frost and other moisture from your windows to help you see better and drive more safely. Locate the button for the defogger and rear defogger on your dashboard. Press the button to active 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...
What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
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...