by Stacy Zogheib
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Today’s cars have a multitude of sensors and warning lights that can alert the driver to a variety of potential problems. There are lights that can warn you that your car is low on oil, remind you to wear your seatbelt, and indicate a possible problem with your ABS system.
Use of ABS brakes
ABS stands for Antilock Brake System. When activated, it “pumps” the brakes very quickly to allow the car to stop more effectively on slippery or dangerous roads.
Reasons for ABS light
The ABS light comes on when there is a problem with the car’s braking system. This may mean that the ABS brakes need fluid or that they are not working properly. If the ABS light stays on, this indicates a larger problem that has disabled the ABS brakes. A major problem could be a faulty wiring harness or a wheel speed sensor. If the light comes on and then goes out, this indicates a minor problem and the ABS brakes may still work. This is most likely due to a low brake fluid level or a wet or worn brake pad.
Diagnosing a problem with the ABS braking system can be difficult. In general, it is best to take the car to a certified mechanic. The ABS system is essential for safe driving and must be in good working order at all times.