Denver drivers count on their brakes to safely slow down and stop their vehicles. You’ve probably had the experience where you’ve slammed on your brakes and started to skid. When your wheels are locked up, you are just sliding all over the road. And if the road is wet, slick or covered with gravel–you can really get out of control. Steering is next to impossible. That is why anti-lock brake systems (ABS) were invented: to help you maintain important control in extreme stopping conditions on Colorado roads.
As mentioned, when wheels lock up, this diminishes your control. Anti-lock brake systems keep your brakes from locking – helping you stop while still maintaining your ability to steer. Each wheel equipped with ABS, have sensors on them that monitor wheel spin and compare it with vehicle speed sensors. When Denver drivers are pressing on the brakes, still traveling forward, but the wheels are not turning….the anti-lock brake system quickly steps in and modulates the brakes.
The ABS quickly “pumps” the brakes, not allowing the wheels to lock-up while still applying braking pressure. This is all done automatically without any intervention on your part. You will feel a pulsation through the brake pedal and will hear a clunking as the brakes are rapidly being applied and let off over and over again. The first time this happens to you, you may be surprised and think something is wrong. There isn’t, so just keep your foot on the brake and allow the ABS to do its thing. In fact, remember the essential three S’s of anti-lock brakes: Stomp, Stay and Steer. Stomp on the brakes, keep the pedal down, and steer as required.
When you first start your vehicle, the ABS does a quick self-check to make sure everything is OK. The ABS warning light will briefly illuminate with all of the other warning lights on your dashboard and then go out. If the system detects a fault, the ABS light will come on and stay on. Denver auto owners should definitely take their vehicle in to Express Care Care for a check if the critical ABS warning light is on.
Proper brake system service is the best way to protect your anti-lock brake system. Replacing brake fluid that is depleted and/or contaminated will help preserve proper ABS operation and protect it against detrimental corrosion. Denver motorists can communicate with their helpful Express Car Care service specialist to see if it’s time for an automotive analysis of their essential braking system.
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