Your brakes, ABS or not, are very important components of your vehicle because they stop the vehicle when you need to stop and they also slow you down when in motion. Even when you have an ABS, don’t rely on it. Make sure there is a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Just because a brake system is anti-lock, doesn’t mean it won’t fail.
One reason for failure is not using the right brake fluid. Brake fluid should be replaced every 2 to 4 years. If the wrong fluid is used, the entire system could be destroyed and that is an expensive fix. The system must also be fully depressurized before any brake fluid is added.
It is also important to ensure a Maple Grove brakes ABS service takes care of brake pad and rotor replacement, as well as repair and replacement of the entire braking system. Brake systems may seem simpler than they are, but having a professional with the expertise and the equipment to carry out the work will save both time and money and ensure individual safety.
If Your Brakes Fail
If you do experience brake failure, it may help to press down much harder. If you have lost power assist, then smashing the brake may be the solution. If this doesn’t work or you don’t have time to try it, use the emergency brake. It has its own mechanical connection, although it may use the same shoes on some models of cars. The emergency brake is activated by cable rather than by the brake fluid. You can also downshift and use engine compression to stop. If you are in a panic and you are driving a car with an automatic transmission, quickly shift into reverse. While this can tear up the transmission, a transmission is much cheaper than a new car.
Modern anti-lock brake systems are much more reliable than the older systems and they do not need repairs as often. While it may seem as if ABS failure is not common, something as simple as dirt getting into the sensors can shut down the system. Having a Maple Grove brakes ABS service check the sensors, take them out, and clean them, the system can be up and running again with no problem.
Other issues that can occur with ABS brakes include leaks in the master cylinder piston seals, pump failure, electronic failure, mechanical failure, and complete failure. If any of these issues occur, they can be fixed or the system can be replaced.
Contact A Minnesota Brakes ABS Service
In order to be safe on the road, you have to have brakes that function properly. If your brakes malfunction, your safety and the safety of other drivers could be seriously compromised. To find out more about how we can ensure your brakes stay in optimal shape, call us Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 763-391-7512 to schedule a free consultation or fill out our contact form with information regarding your issue or concern and a professional from our shop will contact you.