December 7, 2021
Having problems with your anti lock braking system? When the ABS light comes on, you need to take action, and TIRECRAFT is here to help. Read on to learn what to do when your anti-lock braking system starts misbehaving, or contact your local TIRECRAFT to speak directly with an ABS technician near you.
What To Do When The Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) Light Comes On
The ABS light is on—now what?
The first thing you should do is rule out any standard braking issues. Sometimes the ABS light can turn on on its own; sometimes the brake warning light (which usually looks like an exclamation point) comes on with it.
If the ABS light comes on alone, you may still be safe to drive your car to your destination, as your normal brakes will still work just fine. But be careful: as the name suggests, the anti lock braking system is designed to prevent brakes from locking in order to keep you in control, and if your anti lock braking system isn’t operable, emergency braking situations will become exponentially more dangerous.
In this situation, with the ABS lit up on its own, the first thing to try is turning the ignition key off and back on. Think of it like rebooting your computer. If the light turned on by accident, due to a system malfunction, this should resolve it.
If the ABS light stays on after you turn your engine back on, you have two more options:
1.Purchase an ABS diagnostic tool/code reader. These devices provide error codes that can point you in the right direction, although they rarely pinpoint the problem. Nowadays, you can buy these for under $50. Contact local TIRECRAFT to find a great deal on quality parts and tools.
2. Save on equipment costs and book an anti lock braking system service as soon as possible, doing your best to avoid dangerous road conditions until then. Although you will need to pay for your anti-lock braking system service, quotes and consultations are always free, so there’s no need to buy your own diagnostic tools if you don’t want to.
On the other hand, if both the ABS light and brake warning light come on at once, you should immediately look to bring your vehicle to a slow and steady stop, reducing your speed gradually. Once you’ve come to a complete stop, engage your parking brake and call your local TIRECRAFT right away.
Get A Free Quote On Anti-Lock Braking System Service Near Me
To speak directly with an anti-lock braking system expert, and get a free quote on your diagnostics and repair service, get in touch with your local TIRECRAFT. With more than 300+ locations around the country, qualified help is closer than you think, and mobile repair solutions are available.Back