Most modern vehicles are equipped with an anti-lock brake system (ABS). While ABS isn't a part of your primary brake system, the ABS is a backup measure that helps you maintain steering ability and avoid skidding when you brake hard.
Since ABS prevents your wheels from locking up, you can steer your vehicle even while you brake. In turn, it could help you avoid an accident. The ABS engages according to what the sensor reads. A series of sensors measure wheel speed to catch if any of the wheels on your car is trying to lock up during braking. If a wheel is on the cusp of locking, a sequence of hydraulic valves decreases how much stopping force is applied to that particular wheel. As a result, you can avoid skidding and keep control of your steering altogether.
If you have anti-lock brakes and start to skid, you should press firmly on the brake and hold it in position. You will likely sense a pulsing feeling, which is normal.
When the ABS warning light comes on your dashboard, it means that there's something wrong with the system, usually with the sensors themselves. While your primary braking system isn't affected, you won't have extra assistance to prevent you from skidding.
If your ABS warning light is on, we invite you to bring your car to the brake experts at Springdale Automotive. Our team can accurately diagnose your ABS problem and get you the repairs needed to get you back on the road again. For all your braking needs, please give our auto repair shop a call or visit today.