Nearly all cars built since
1995 feature anti-lock brakes. So chances are you have them on your vehicle. And
that’s a good thing, because your anti-lock braking system (ABS) can be a real
Here’s how ABS brakes work.
With ordinary brakes, if
conditions were bad and you had to “slam” on the pedal, the brakes would often
lock up and cause you to skid. It’s why experts would tell you to “pump” your
brakes in those situations.
That’s what anti-lock brakes
do. They provide that pumping action, although they do it much faster than a
human ever could, as fast as ten times per second. Plus, sensors can detect
which wheel is most likely to lock up and direct most of the action there.
ABS brakes can stop skidding,
avoid accidents and save lives.
There’s more to ABS
maintenance than just replacing shoes and pads, although these parts are very
Maintaining the hydraulic
side of your brakes can help you avoid expensive problems later on. You should
have a flush and fill performed on your ABS system every 24,000 miles or two
years. This will keep your brake fluid fresh and prevent your ABS modulator from
getting dirty or moisture contaminated. Whether you drive an SUV, light truck,
or foreign or domestic car, he can help.
Proper brake maintenance is
always important, but it’s especially so with anti-lock brakes. Skimping on
maintenance with ABS can lead to even more extensive and expensive problems than
with ordinary brakes.
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