Driving with the Anti-lock braking system off, you need to be more careful. After all, it will cause the vehicle braking distance to be longer. Moving fast with the ABS off can be extremely dangerous because it will take longer for the vehicle to stop and cause the car to slide or slip when a sudden stop occurs.
Also, the vehicle is hard to control when pressing the brakes without ABS. Rather than that, you can still drive the car with the ABS warning light on, but we prefer to drive more carefully because the Anti-lock braking system is a big help in controlling the vehicle’s brake system.
Based on other research, an Anti-lock braking system helps drivers to lessen accidents. The braking system is one of the vehicle’s essential functions, and that’s why we need to always check the braking system for safety purposes.
What is an ABS or Anti-lock braking system?
ABS (Anti-lock braking system) is a safety precaution on modern vehicles; it works with the vehicle’s braking system and prevents the wheel from instantly locking up. The ABS has a sensor, and it is attached to all the wheels of the car. When the ABS sensor detects the wheel is going to lock, the modulator of the ABS will help release the brake pad and prevent the vehicle from slipping or sliding. The ABS allows the car to reduce the braking distance and prevents accidents where you lose control of the steering as you apply force to the brakes. Without ABS, there’s a big chance of the vehicle sliding or slipping when using brakes, and that will cause the vehicle to lose steering control. ABS also helps the driver to have control of the car.
The ABS (Anti-lock braking system) is primarily helpful when the road is slippery; the system helps the driver gain more control over the vehicle and makes the car more stable. When applying quick power to the brakes, ABS helps us to have control of the steering. Emergency brakes are always helpful when accidents occur. One example is when a tree suddenly falls off, or a deer suddenly jumps off, and you need to move and stop the vehicle immediately; The ABS helps the car to prevent it from sliding and losing control to the steering, and in that way, there’s a higher percentage of avoiding accidents.
These are the symptoms of having a defective ABS speed sensor. The ABS light shows on your cluster that the vehicle’s brakes take longer to stop and less car stability when driving to wet or icy roads.
These are some reasons why the ABS warning light is on.
A low level of fluid on the reservoir is also one of the reasons why the ABS warning light is on. The braking system is hydraulic, which means that it uses power from the cylinder on the brake caliper, pushing against the fluid to hold the brake pads and make the vehicle stop. If leaks or evaporation happens on the fluid reservoir, this causes the braking system not to operate correctly.
The ABS connects to your vehicle’s traction control, and it is one of the most critical components of the car. Traction control helps the vehicle to keep its four wheels on the ground moving smoothly. If the traction control detects the wheels spinning irregularly, it will cut the power off on the engine and start to enable it again once it establishes stable traction control.
Traction control and ABS helps the vehicle prevent slipping and sliding out of control when applying too much power to the braking system. That’s why traction control light can also cause the ABS light to turn on.
The wheel speed sensor is one of the pieces of equipment that detects the speed of the vehicle’s wheel; it tells the vehicle’s computer how fast the wheel is moving independently. If the vehicle’s computer detects an irregularity in the wheel speed, the traction control system will make adjustments and shifts power to the wheels to settle the problem of the inequality of the wheel speed.
How to replace the wheel speed sensor on your vehicle?
Below you will find basic steps on how to replace an ABS wheel speed sensor on a car. For detailed instructions on how to replace an ABS sensor check out websites such as YOUCANIC. They have step by step instructions on how to replace the ABS wheel speed sensor on many vehicles.
1. Loosen the lug nuts of the wheel.
2. Jack up the vehicle and support the vehicle with jack stands.
3. Remove the wheel and locate the wheel speed sensor behind the rotor.
4. Replace the wheel speed sensor.
5. Reinstall the wheel and check if the ABS light is still on.
6. If it is still on, use an OBD II scanner to erase the code.