Many of today’s vehicles are equipped with ABS. The ABS light on the dashboard indicates a handful of extremely important purposes. ABS stands for anti-lock braking system, and it turns on for a short while every time you start your car to let you know it’s working, and it will come on again if there are any problems. The anti-lock brake system is responsible for pulsing your brakes when the system sense that your wheels are in danger of locking up, it is capable of rapidly activating and deactivating individual brake calipers. When you are making an emergency braking procedure and the ABS engages, you may feel a pulsing, as well as the brake pedal depressing further and a knocking noise. This is all normal when the ABS is engaged. In most driving conditions, a functioning ABS system helps reduce stopping distance, the system also helps you maintain the control of your vehicle during an emergency.
The ABS light will illuminate if there are any problems with your ABS system that might prevent it from performing its functions. Some problems can cause the ABS light to illuminate briefly, and others will cause it to remain on until the issue is identified and addressed. Here are some of the common reasons for an ABS light to come on:
1. Low fluid
2. Faulty control unit
3. Failed or failing pump
4. Standard bulb check
5. Bad speed sensor or wiring problem
If your ABS light comes on individually, that means there are some type of fault has been detected in the anti-lock braking system. You are safe to drive your car to your destination, as your normal brakes will still work. Of course, you have to be more careful as your ABS is disengaged and will not respond in case of emergency braking. It’s so important to pay attention to how your car is handling, braking, and performing and make a safety decision on whether to drive to an auto repair shop or call for a tow. The ABS light can be a lifesaving indicator as even when it shows a basic service brake system problem, it can also indicate a real possibility that the vehicle could experience a total brake failure.