Different parts of our cars are designed and engineered by the manufacturer with certain qualities and purposes in mind. For instance, the suspension on your car was designed to be able to absorb road impacts and maintain vehicle stability while turning and going over bumps. While certain systems and components of your vehicle are designed with performance and functionality in mind, other systems have the sole purpose of vehicle safety.
One of the most critical safety elements of modern vehicles is anti-lock braking. In the past, cars without anti-lock braking systems were highly susceptible to involvement in devastating car accidents, resulting in significant injuries and even death. When your car’s anti-lock brake system begins to experience issues, it is highly concerning for drivers—and rightfully so. At the end of the day, no matter how luxurious or high-end your car is, it still has to be able to perform it’s basic safety functions. Here’s a little more information about your car’s anti-lock brake system, including how to diagnose problems and what you can do to maintain your brakes from now on.
What is an ABS System?
In modern vehicles, ABS systems, or anti-lock brake systems, were developed to keep the car’s tires and wheels adhered tightly to the road while the brakes are being applied—especially when the driver has to suddenly engage the brakes to avoid an accident. This keeps the brakes from locking, the car from sliding, and keeps the driver in control of the vehicle. The car’s control unit monitors the ABS system; when an issue arises, or the system isn’t functioning quite the way it’s supposed to, your ABS light in your dashboard should illuminate.
What does it mean when my ABS light comes on in the dash?
The ABS light in your dash is usually the main way that professional technicians diagnose ABS system issues. Each time you start your car, your vehicle essentially performs a scan of itself and the various systems for functioning, including the ABS system. It’s normal for the ABS light to illuminate immediately upon turning on the car, but if it stays on for any prolonged period of time, your car is likely detecting a malfunction of area of concern in the system. If the light turns on while you’re in transit, then the ABS system is likely compromised and needs further attention. It’s important to take this light illumination seriously, as the system might not be working properly and could lead to an accident if you can’t stop in time before rear-ending another vehicle. When this light comes on and stays on, it could be unsafe to drive. Do yourself, your passengers, and other drivers on the road a favor—have the car checked out.
What can you do to help maintain your brakes over time?
Just like every other part and system of your vehicle, your brakes must be routinely maintained and serviced. Your brakes themselves aren’t necessarily technically a part of the ABS; however, in order for the system to be effective, your brakes have to be working properly. Consistent brake maintenance includes: inspections, replacements, and occasionally repairs. It’s best to have these issues addressed by an automotive specialist who is an expert in the particular vehicle you drive for the best results and most thorough repair work.
Why it’s important to hire a specialist to diagnose your ABS issues?
Hiring a specialist who is most familiar with your particular type of car is critical. Since they’re experts on your vehicle type, they have a solid understanding of the common issues your vehicle might experience, including ABS problems. Furthermore, they’ll have access to the correct replacement parts for your specific car. This can greatly retain the value of your vehicle and keep it running optimally.
How we can help
Located in San Francisco, CA, Auto Europa technicians specialize in various types of European import vehicles, including: Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Mercedes, MINI, Porsche, Land Rover, and Volkswagen brands. Since we believe that quality auto maintenance begins with a thorough diagnostic process, we pride ourselves on our accurate diagnoses for all of our client’s automotive issues. If you’re experiencing ABS issues, including dash light illumination, it’s critical to have your vehicle checked out by one of our professionals with immediacy. Keeping our clients safe is our first priority, so please call us as soon as possible to have your brake system issues diagnosed and treated.