Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

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

asked by on

What does the ABS light on the dash mean?

The anti-lock brake (ABS) indicator light on your dash should come on during the system’s self-check when you start the engine, but should go out shortly afterward. If the light comes on again later or stays on, it’s a sign that there’s a problem with the system.

If the light comes on, it means that ABS is no longer functioning (it’s been turned off).

  • You will still have all normal braking capabilities, but your antilock system will not work.

  • Your system needs immediate service in this instance.

  • If both the ABS and Brake lights in your dash come on, it might mean that the electronic brake distribution system is also turned off.

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!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. What does the ABS light on the dash mean?

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: What is the shift lock release??

If your Accord has an automatic transmission, it has a shift lock release. This is an important feature and it’s designed to let you shift out of park if the gear selector won’t move when you press the brake pedal....

Q: How do I use the heater?

The Honda Accord comes equipped with both heating and air conditioning. Using the heater is very easy – just follow these steps. Set the mode selector to lower vents. Set the temperature control to the level of heat you...

Q: How do you correctly fasten a seat belt?

Your seat belts are important lifesaving devices, but if they’re not used correctly, they can’t do their job. In fact, an incorrectly adjusted or fastened seat belt can actually cause more injury. How do you ensure that you’re fastened in...

Related articles

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...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...