4 Symptoms of a Bad or Failing ABS Control Module | REVIEWS
"An extra safety feature used on many new cars is the anti-locking braking mechanism on an engine."
The ABS system is designed to help keep wheels from locking, stopping the car from skidding or hydroplaning during hard braking scenarios. The ABS system consists of an ABS module and on each wheel, ABS sensors. When it is sensed that the car is skidding or has lost grip, the sensors sense wheel speed and transmit a message to the ABS module to quickly pump the brakes.
The lack of stability, skidding, and aquaplaning are much more likely to occur under heavy braking circumstances when the ABS mechanism does not operate. Usually, the ABS system on most cars is programmed to send you plenty of warning signals anytime there is some system issue. Knowing these warning signals and fixing the issue as soon as they appear will help ensure that the ABS system and car stay operational for full protection.
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1. Brake pedal unresponsive
In some situations, depending on the type of the car, the brake pedal can become unresponsive when the ABS module fails. This is an apparent concern since an unresponsive brake pedal can not or will not be able to stop a car in a sufficiently safe way. This can happen slowly over time, in most situations. Usually, once it is no longer sensitive, the brake pedal may become more difficult to click.
2. Brake pads need more commitment in order to drive
The pedal can take very little effort if all elements of the braking mechanism are operating properly. Pressing it down should be very quick and once pushed, it should have an instantly visible impact on slowing down the car. If you begin to understand that the pedal takes additional effort overtime to produce the same amount of braking power, then that could be an example of a potential problem with the ABS module.
3. The Light of the ABS is on
The ABS light coming on is the most frequent indication of a problem with the ABS system. The ABS Light can show an amber hue which is the equivalent of a Check Engine Light, but for diagnosing ABS system issues only. Older cars fitted with previous ABS systems do not have an ABS light and may instead use a Check Engine Light. If the ABS light comes on, then that's a sure indication that the ABS system has a problem.
4. Locking up of the brakes
The ABS mechanism is explicitly built to keep the wheels from locking up under hard braking while it operates well thereby eliminating traction failure. There may be several cases, though, in which a defective ABS module may act erratically, causing the brakes to lock up even under normal driving conditions. The ABS module can need to be changed if you notice sporadic activity from your brakes, such as random grinding sounds, and/or pumping the brakes.
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