For those of us with ABS style brakes (anti lock brakes), it’s important to understand how they work.
When you press the brakes in normal conditions, these brakes work just like you are used to. But when you press your brakes on slick surfaces, that’s where these brakes shine.
There are sensors that monitor each ABS equipped wheel, as well as your vehicles direction and speed. If it senses any of your wheels are not turning and you are still moving, then they take over, rapidly pumping your brakes to prevent them from locking up. You just need to press your brakes and keep them pressed.
This enables you to keep steering, focusing your attention on driving and maintaining control of your car. It can be a bit unnerving at first and you may think somethings wrong when you feel the vibrating action of the brakes in action.
Back before ABS, you were required to do this quick pumping of the brakes yourself. If you simply pressed your brakes and kept them pressed, you’d begin to slide and potentially lose control. This was pretty easy to do, considering the situation.
Fortunately, this is a great safety improvement. Unfortunately, it means more moving parts. Generally speaking, they do what they are supposed to, when they are supposed to. You just have to make sure they are in proper working order.
Another cool thing about these brakes is they come with sensors that are able to monitor if there are any problems. They can’t detect everything, but if you notice the ABS light on your dash staying on after you start your vehicle, it’s a good bet you need to have them looked at by a professional.
Other then that, making sure you check your brake fluid and keep it topped off as well as change it when appropriate, you should be good to go.
If you are not sure what to do, or have any questions, just give Leslie a call in our auto repair shop and he’ll get you taken care of.
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785 Northwest Cornell Avenue
Corvallis, OR 97330
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