Do you know what is the essential function of your car’s anti-lock braking sytem (ABS)? If the ABS light is on, do you ignore it until it starts to bug you enough before you let a auto technician take a look? Don’t ignore it hoping that the light will turn off on its own. Here’s a quick summary of what’s happening to your car when the following light flashes:ABS Brake Light Flashes
When the ABS brake light flashes, it indicates that there may be something wrong with the system and for you to check your ABS system right away. What is ABS exactly? It is a computerized controlled braking system designed to prevent the brakes from locking up and skidding when braking hard or when braking on wet or slick surfaces. This adds a significant margin of safety for everyday driving by preventing dangerous skids and allowing the driver to maintain steering control while trying to stop. When the light is on, it indicates that your vehicle’s onboard computer has disabled ABS. Though your brakes will still function, your ABS system will not.
Brake Warning Light Flashes
The brake warning light flashes to warn you that there is a problem with the hydraulic braking system. There are several conditions that could cause your brake warning light to flash.
1) Your emergency brake could be on.
2) Your car brake fluid level in the brake master cylinder is low. You can fix this probably at home with some brake fluid that you can purchase at an auto shop, or you can have your vehicle brought to an auto repair shop for servicing. There’s a line that indicates how much brake fluid is necessary to maintain properly functioning brakes. Make sure that the amount of fluid is between the low and max line.
3) A loss or imbalance of hydraulic pressure in the master cylinder.
4) A leak has occurred in your brake system. This problem should be addressed immediately.
You should never ignore these warning lights when they illuminate. Always have your brakes checked out if either the ABS or brake warning light. Remember, early detection not only saves you money but it can be potentially hazardous to drive your car if there is a failure on your braking system.