About ABS Systems: Why do we need them?

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It seems like one of the biggest car debates we hear about is existence of ABS brakes. Do we need them? Do we not need them?

History

Originally designed in 1929 for airplanes needing to land in extreme weather conditions (snow, ice, rain, etc.). It wasn’t until the early 70s when automakers began adding ABS systems to cars as an additional feature.

Now, an ABS system is standard on almost all American cars and it seem drivers have been questioning the need for having them ever since. Automakers seem to see the need for ABS systems in their cars so let’s take a look at a couple of reasons why.

Stopping power

It seems automakers know a lot about the human body and our natural reactions. In emergency situations our bodies tend to freeze or tense up. This is a common response in cars when slamming on (locking up) the brakes to avoid a collision.

We all know that our ABS system pulsates the brakes so that we do not skid or slide out of control. ABS systems help us maintain traction when stopping in bad weather but also help us stop faster on slippery surfaces. When first testing ABS systems on airplanes and motorcycles, automakers found that ABS brakes shorten the stopping distance up to 30%. ABS brakes also allow you to turn or swerve your vehicle to avoid objects instead of sliding straight into the object.

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Tire life

ABS brakes cause less wear on your tires since it reduces the amount of tire skids. Skids commonly occur when at traffic lights from either stopping too fast or accelerating quickly. Other times when skidding occurs would braking during uneven or rough patches in the road or hydroplaning on wet surfaces.

Common Problems

ABS Light Malfunctions

The ABS light on your dashboard can be triggered by any of a wide variety of problems with your brakes, ranging from serious mechanical problems to simple sensor or fuse issues. Sometimes the ABS light will come on because of a short or problem in the car’s computer that has little or nothing to do with the brake system at all. The picture below shows a broken ABS Sensor wire which caused the ABS, Ebrake, and Traction control warning lights to come on.

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Damaged Wiring

All major components of anti-lock brakes are connected by wires. In effect, it is the backbone of the entire system. Exposed or damaged wires are not good and will definitely cause ABS problems. Much like the picture above, wires can split or break from wear and tear or contact with sharp objects.

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Written by Spotlight Automotive