While you're driving, sensors throughout the vehicle are constantly monitored to verify that everything is functioning properly. The ABS, which stands for anti-lock braking system, is one of the systems that is being checked.
The ABS keeps track of the wheels to ensure that they are all running at about the same speed. During slippery situations, the system might apply the brakes to keep the car under control.
What does the ABS light indicate?
The ABS system monitors the rotational speed of each wheel using sensors. To ensure the car is steady and under control, a computer checks the signals from all four wheels as well as the location of the brake pedal.
If the computer detects any aberrant signals or the absence of a signals from some of the sensors, the ABS warning light will illuminate to inform the driver. The computer can turn on the ABS light for a variety of reasons, including low braking fluid levels or a blown fuse, in addition to monitoring the wheel speed sensors. Some ABS systems will flash the light a few times before turning it on permanently. The amount of flashes is a problem code that can assist you figure out what's wrong. When your ABS system flashes, consult your vehicle repair manual or online information to figure out what it's telling you.
When your ABS light comes on, here's what you should do:
When the ABS light illuminates, find a safe location to stop the car, turn it off, and then restart it. This forces the computer to re-examine all of the sensors for any anomalies. A quick reset, similar to what you'd do on your home computer, may resolve the problem and turn off the light. Unfortunately, it's not always that simple, and there may be a problem with the system that needs to be identified. Your best bet is to have a professional technician connect a scan tool to the vehicle and look for any fault codes.
When the ABS light comes on, is it safe to drive?
Even though the ABS indicator is illuminated, the car may still be safe to drive. You will still be able to brake normally unless there are other brake warning lights on in addition to the ABS. However, the vehicle will not be able to aid you if you start to slide, so drive carefully.
If you notice any loss of braking power while this light is on, the car should not be driven. In this situation, have the car towed to Rix Automotive or have one of our qualified experts come to your location to assist you in diagnosing the problem.