Nowadays, most cars are equipped with anti-lock system or ABS. Your ABS exists to keep your car from skidding dangerously during braking. It is an automated safety system that recognizes when your wheels stop rotating (while your car is still in motion) and releases brake fluid pressure, allowing the wheels to continue to rotate.
However, there are some people that don’t know much about it. This can lead to problem because they don’t know how to react or what to do when the light comes on or what it actually means when it’s on. So for you to keep yourself informed and running into car troubles here are the things that you should know about it.
1. Don’t Freak Out Right Away When It Comes On
It is normal for the ABS light to illuminate briefly every time your switch your car on. That means your car is running a check-up. However, if that light stayed on that’s when you should worry because it may mean that the computer detected a problem.
2. Don’t Ignore It When The ABS Light Comes On While Driving
The ABS or anti-lock braking system is a very vital feature in your car because it helps with the vehicle control and stopping distances. Having said that, you shouldn’t just shrug it off when it illuminates especially while you’re on the road driving. This is because this indicates that your car’s ABS isn’t working right and that you’re at risk of running problems with your brakes which is never a good thing when you’re driving. So as soon as that warning light turns on, the first thing that you should think about is getting a mechanic to get it checked for you. If you’re in a location where it doesn’t look like you’d be able to find a mechanic nearby, pull up by the safe side of the road and call for help.
3. ABS And Brake System Light Coming On At The Same Time Is Definitely Bad News
We’re already cautious about your vehicle’s ABS warning light going off. Now top that up with the brake system light coming on and you really have a serious problem with your car. This time driving around a little more to look for a car servicing shop isn’t even an option. This means there is a serious problem with the braking system, and continuing to drive puts yourself and others at risk of a car crash. Therefore, once this happens, pull over to the side of the road immediately with your emergency light on.
4. Brake Pedal Pulsating Is Completely Normal
As you are braking heavily and your ABS engages, you will notice the brake pedal pulsating. This is completely normal and it means the ABS system is working normally. The ABS works with your braking system to creating this pulsating so thFFe wheels do not lock up. Once you feel this pulsating, keep your foot on the brake pedal and let the ABS system do the work for you. All you need to do is concentrate on steering safely.