What Does the ABS Light Indicate?

The ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) is an important safety feature in modern vehicles that helps drivers maintain control of their vehicle during emergency braking situations. The ABS system uses sensors and control modules to monitor the speed of the wheels and modulate the brakes to prevent them from locking up, which can cause the wheels to skid and reduce braking effectiveness.

The ABS light is an indicator on the dashboard that alerts drivers to a problem with the ABS system. If the ABS light illuminates, it means that the ABS system has detected an issue that needs to be addressed. There are a number of reasons why the ABS light might come on, including:

  • ABS Control Module Failure: The ABS control module is responsible for processing information from the ABS sensors and controlling the brake system. If the control module fails, the ABS light will come on, indicating that the ABS system is no longer functioning.
  • ABS Sensor Failure: The ABS sensors are responsible for monitoring the speed of the wheels and relaying this information to the ABS control module. If an ABS sensor fails, the ABS light will come on, and the ABS system will not be able to properly modulate the brakes.
  • Wiring Issues: The ABS system requires a complex network of wiring to connect the sensors and control module. If there is a problem with the wiring, such as a short circuit or a break, the ABS light will come on, indicating a problem with the ABS system.
  • Low Brake Fluid: If the brake fluid level is too low, the ABS light may come on, indicating a problem with the braking system.

If the ABS light comes on, it's important to bring your car to the brake experts at 26th Street Auto Center as soon as possible. We have the tools and expertise to diagnose and reset your ABS so that you can return to the road with complete confidence.


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