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Brakes are the most important safety component on your car. Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) have been standard in vehicles for more than 30 years and help provide stopping power when traction with the road is poor.
Simply put, ABS brakes keep wheels from locking up during hard braking situations that might cause the car to slide out of control. Under most conditions, ABS brakes allow the driver to stop the car in the shortest distance possible and maintain positive steering control. The sophisticated Antilock Brake System monitors the speed of each wheel and keeps them turning at the same speed by applying or releasing braking pressure to individual wheels. This is what causes the pulsating of the brake pedal when you make a hard stop.
ABS brakes need regular inspection and maintenance from a qualified professional to function safely and reliably. One of the most common maintenance chores is cleaning the sensors that monitor wheel speed. These sensors are exposed to dirt and grime, and unclean sensors may cause improper functioning.
The Antilock Braking System relies on computer processors, the electrical system, and the hydraulic system to function. Maintenance wise, fluid levels need to be maintained and seals and gaskets should be inspected and replaced if necessary. The processors and system voltage should also be checked to identify any malfunctioning components. It’s important to have your ABS brakes inspected regularly to ensure proper functionality and safety.
If you suspect your ABS system isn’t working correctly or if the ABS light on your dashboard is illuminated, it’s recommended that you take your vehicle to a certified Meineke technician who can properly diagnose and resolve the problem.