Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What does the antilock brake system (ABS) Warning Light mean in a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze?

asked by on

What does the antilock brake system (ABS) Warning Light mean?

A: The antilock brake system (ABS) Warning Lig...

The antilock brake system (ABS) Warning Light is on your instrument cluster, and illuminates when there is an issue with your car’s ABS. The ABS is a vital part of your brake system, and helps your vehicle brake from high speeds effectively. If your ABS Warning Light illuminates, stop your vehicle, and turn off the engine. Turn your car back on, and see if the light stays on when traveling above 13 mph. If the ABS Warning Light stays on, you should have your vehicle inspected. If the ABS Warning Light is on, but the brake system Warning Light is not on, then the ABS system is not working, but the brakes are still fully functional.


Like all warning lights, the ABS Warning Light will illuminate when the ignition is turned on but the engine is not yet running. You should only be concerned with the ABS Warning Light if it stays lit after the engine has been turned on.

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

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Service ABS/Traction control/Active Handling messages on DIC

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...

Q: Constant KA issues....

Well you have a new fuel injector, coil pack, and spark plug wires. Were the spark plugs changed? The condition of the plugs must be checked as a small crack in the plugs porcelain can cause spark to leak and...

Q: Hard to press brake

Hello. This is caused by a bad brake vacuum booster. When the booster fails, the brakes will get hard and it can cause a vacuum to leak in the engine causing a misfire. It sounds like this is what is...

Related articles

How to Renew Your Car Registration in Oklahoma(DELETED)
Having your car registered with the Oklahoma Tax Commission is an important part of driving legally in this state. You will need to do this within 30 days of moving to Oklahoma...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
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.