Q: What does the Antilock Brake (ABS) indicator mean on the dash?

asked by on

What does the Antilock Brake (ABS) indicator mean on the dash?

Your car is equipped with an antilock brake system (ABS) that works with your regular brakes to provide better control in certain driving situations. You’ll notice that the ABS light on the dash of your car comes on from time to time. Here’s what you need to know about it:

  1. The ABS light should come on for a few seconds during startup. It should then go off.

  2. If the light comes on at any point other than when you first crank the engine, it means there’s a problem with the system and it needs to be inspected.

  3. If the light comes on and stays on, it indicates that you need to have the ABS system inspected, and that it has been disabled.

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. What does the Antilock Brake (ABS) indicator mean on the dash?

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: My TCS light comes on frequently and then it will display TCS off and slipped. Sometimes it will cut off and then restart later.

Hi there. Most often, this problem is due to a dirty or failed wheel speed sensor. The ABS and TCS systems depend on wheel speed readings from these sensors. Cleaning the sensor heads, and the inductance rings on the wheel...

Q: why does the heated side mirror drivers side not work

Hi. There are a couple of reasons why your driver's side heated mirror is not working. The first thing that comes to mind is the fuse for the heated mirror has blown and is causing it not to work. Another...

Q: Car vibrates when driving or when I hit the brakes

The most likely issue is that the motor or transmission mounts are broken. If your mounts are broken, then the engine will rest on the metal of the mounts and you will feel the engine throughout the car. It may...

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 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.
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.