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Anti-Lock Brake Service
However, you may sometimes run into a situation where you need to quickly hit the brakes. They alone may not provide the stopping power you need, which is where the anti-lock brake system comes in.
We’ll go over exactly what this system is and how it can help prevent you from losing control of your automobile. Read through the information below, and feel free to contact the Boardwalk Acura Service Center if you have any questions.
Anti-Lock Brake System: Overview
The anti-lock brake system (ABS) is a feature that restores traction to your tires, so that you can safely steer in an emergency situation.
There are four main components to an anti-lock brake system:
- Speed sensors: These are located at each wheel and will convey the fact that the wheel is about to lock up.
- Valves: There’s a valve in the brake line of each brake operated by ABS. Some systems have valves with three positions. In position one, the valve is open; position two, it blocks the line; position three, it releases some pressure from the brake.
- Pump: While the valve releases pressure from the brakes, it’s the pump that puts that pressure back up.
- Controller: This is the computer in a car, and it watches the speed sensors and controls the valves.
The anti-lock braking system has become standard in more vehicles over the past 10 years. As a result, you can have peace of mind knowing you have a system in your vehicle that has your back.
How ABS Works
The anti-lock brake system monitors your vehicle’s wheel speed. If it detects the wheels locking up, the sensor will send a message to the controller. This part will then release and apply the brake up to 20 times a second, to prevent a lock-up and help you maintain control of your automobile.
You’ll know that ABS is working when you hear or feel vibrations in the brake pedal. At that point, you’ll want to firmly press and hold the brakes, then steer to safety.