Anti-Lock Brakes ( ABS ) : A System Built For Safety


Is the ABS light on, is the red BRAKE warning light on or do the brakes just feel funny just as you come to a stop?  You have ABS brake problems.


Computer-controlled anti-lock braking systems (ABS) are a recently developed safety feature. Many drivers when taught to drive, learned that if the wheels skid on slick pavement, the driver is suppose to "pump" the brakes. That is exactly what the ABS system does; it pumps the brakes at robot speed to prevent wheel lock-up during hard stops on slippery pavement.


The system is comprised of wheel-speed sensors that monitor wheel rotation, computer-controlled hydraulic pump that pulse the brakes on and off rapidly, and the on-board ABS computer.  Being a computerized system, it checks itself at every start-up and at every stop.  If the computer finds something wrong, it does 3 things.

  • It turns off the ABS system for safety
  • It stores a message in its memory to tell the technician where to look
  • and it turns on the amber ABS malfunction indicator light to tell you that the system is off and needs repair.  Some computers will also turn on the red Brake malfunction indicator light too just to get your attention.


Because the ABS system is an electronic computerized system, we have to plug a diagnostic computer into your vehicle to analyze and diagnose ABS system malfunctions.


If the ABS light is on, if the red BRAKE warning light is on or if the brakes just feel funny as you come to a stop, bring your vehicle to Clearview Tire & Auto Service for a correct diagnosis and professional guaranteed repairs which includes our Certified Auto Repair Nationwide Warranty.  We're in Hopkinsville, not far from Ft. Campbell and we've been here since 1952. Most repairs include one year FREE towing and roadside assistance, good 24/7 coast-to-coast.

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