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Knowing the Anti-Lock Brake System in your Vehicle

by | Nov 10, 2014 | ABS, Anti-Lock Brakes, Brake Repair, Car Care Tips

There are many different safety features that your vehicle will come equipped with. Among the best safety systems your vehicle comes standard with are the brakes. Modern vehicles include the ability to provide safe stopping power by providing anti-lock systems. These will prevent your brakes from locking up whenever you engage them in an emergency. This will help in making sure that you will not slide on the asphalt instead of coming to an abrupt halt. It is possible that you will be able to maintain these systems with the right kind of maintenance. To get the best brake service, it is important to make sure that a few things are being checked on each time you bring your vehicle in for any kind of repair. Among the things that should be checked is the brake fluid as part of the fluid checks. We can also check the brake pads for wear. Additionally, the computer should be read to see if there are any diagnostic codes which alert to possible problems with the anti-lock systems. This will help in making sure that not only will current problems be taken care of. Additionally, it will help in making sure that future problems will be prevented.

Check the Brake Fluid

A very important part to the anti-lock systems is the ability for the brakes to function at all. This requires that the fluid is at a level which will allow the brake to engage. This is something which can be checked easily at every inspection of your vehicle. While this is not a typical fluid, which is checked at every service visit, it is a lot easier for us to check now with the onset of onboard computers. We will be able to know if the fluid is being depleted without even having to take a physical look at the actual reservoir. Since these can sometimes be wrong, a visual inspection is normally in order.

Inspect the Brake Pads

Even if the brakes are clamping properly, the vehicle will have a hard time stopping if the pads are worn out. It is important to make sure that the pads are being checked regularly. These are a minor repair which can be taken care of easily as long as they are caught in time. We have a gauge that will let us know what the effective life is on your brake pads. If we feel that your brakes will not make it until your next service visit, it is important that they are replaced to prevent problems.

Know What the Diagnostic Codes Mean on the Vehicle

Always make sure that you bring the vehicle in so we have the ability to read the diagnostic codes for your vehicle. This will help in making sure that the anti-lock systems will get the proper attention that they deserve. The diagnostic code can help us determine where the start of the issue is. By checking the vehicle, we can help provide you with a safe and reliable ride.