What Is an Anti-Lock Brake System?

An Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) helps prevent the wheels from locking up whenever you hit the brakes. This is so you can still steer the wheel and avoid skidding while braking on the roads of Atlantic City, Egg Harbor, Vineland, and beyond.

But, how exactly does it do this? We’ll help answer that question with this guide to a car’s anti-lock brake system. Read through the information below, and contact BMW of Atlantic City if you have any questions about your brake system.

How Does an Anti-Lock Brake System Work?

ABS system The ABS system has wheel sensors that can detect when a vehicle’s tires begin to lock up. Then, it’ll rapidly apply and release the brakes (or, pulse them) to keep the tires from skidding.

If you hear or feel the Anti-Lock Brake System vibrating (where the brake pedal is pulsing), you’ll want to firmly press and hold the brake, then steer to safety. However, there may an instance where the ABS has malfunctioned. If that happens, then you’ll want to pump the brakes, so that you don’t lose control on the road.

What This System Does & Doesn’t Do

The main purpose of the ABS system is for drivers to effectively steer their vehicle after heavy braking. While it can reduce the stopping distance of your car, that’s not its main function.

Therefore, you’ll always want to keep a safe distance from the car in front of you, especially on wet roads. Try to avoid the following:

  • Speeding
  • Tailgating
  • Driving when tired

The above driving styles can negate the benefits of ABS. For instance, if you’re driving way too close behind someone, then there won’t be enough time to avoid a collision. That’s simply due to the fact that there would be an insufficient distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you.

Because ABS can’t compensate for unsafe driving conditions, you’ll want to use caution behind the wheel at all times.

Signs of a Malfunctioning ABS System

ABS warning lightWhile the Anti-Lock Brake System helps prevent your car from skidding, it’s also designed to shut off if any part of the system fails.

There are several reasons why the ABS system may fail. It could be from worn brake linings or air/dirt in the brake fluid. But keep in mind that the system works best when the tires are properly inflated and in good condition. So, if your tires are low on pressure, the Anti-Lock Brake System may not be able to do its job.

If you’re not sure if the Anti-Lock Brake System has failed, there are some warning signs you could look out for, including…

  • A brake pedal that’s unresponsive
  • ABS light appearing on the car’s dashboard
  • The tires locking up

Schedule Brake Service Today

Because you want to stay safe on the roads of Atlantic City, Egg Harbor, and Vineland, it’s important that the ABS system is always working properly.

If you wish to get any part of the brakes checked, then contact the BMW of Atlantic City Service Center. We’ll make sure everything, including the anti-lock brake system, is in top-quality condition. Schedule your brake repair service today!