As our cars become more high-tech, they come equipped with a variety of warning lights to let us know when something is wrong. One of the most important is your anti-lock braking system (ABS) light, and it can be alarming when this lights up. But what does it mean and how can you fix it?
When everything is functioning correctly, the ABS light should briefly illuminate when you start your car and then switch off. If it stays on or comes on while you’re driving, it means there is a problem with your ABS system.
The main function of your ABS system is to prevent your tires from skidding when you brake. It does this by monitoring the speed of each wheel and adjusting the pressure of the brake fluid to help your wheels regain contact with the road. The system also helps you maintain control by keeping your vehicle stable when cornering or turning.
There are several reasons why your ABS light might come on. Some of the most common include:
It’s critical to get this warning light looked at as soon as possible. It could mean that the system isn’t working and you won’t have any power-assist when braking, which can be dangerous. A professional with experience working on ABS systems will be able to diagnose the issue quickly and recommend any repairs.