What is an Anti-Lock Brake System?

Your car’s brakes might be the most important safety system in your vehicle. They’re essential to stopping safely, slowing down, and avoiding accidents. So, what is an anti-lock brake system? You’ve no doubt heard the term, but what does it do?

Pat Peck Kia finds out and explores how it works, so drivers in D’Iberville, Gulfport, and Hattiesburg will know how this system keeps you safe.

What Is an Anti-Lock Brake System?

brakesAn anti-lock brake system (ABS) is what allows you to keep steering and control the wheels when you step on the brakes. Its name comes from the fact that it prevents your wheels from locking up.

How Brakes Work

A normal brake system works by applying pressure to your wheels and creating friction. When you step on the brake pedal, the force you applied is transferred through your brake lines and out to your wheels.

Each wheel has a spinning metal rotor with a set of clamps or calipers. Your brake pads are on the inside of these calipers. These brake pads are designed to create friction when the calipers make contact or clamp down on the rotors.

The upside is that they slow down the rate at which your wheels are spinning. The downside is that if your wheels are locked up, you won’t have very much control—and that’s where anti-lock brakes comes in.

How Anti-Lock Brakes Help You

ABSAnti-lock brakes are designed to prevent your wheels from completely locking up. They give you the ability to continue steering, so you can avoid an accident if you have to slam on the brakes.

The way they’re able to do this is by measuring your speed and quickly applying, disengaging, then reapplying the brakes.

Each one of your wheels has a built-in speed sensor. These sensors can detect when you rapidly decelerate. This data gets sent to a controller, which is basically the brain of your ABS system.

The controller then opens and closes a valve in your brake lines. You may even feel your brake pedal pulsating when this occurs.

On top of letting you move your wheels, anti-lock brakes also provide you more traction. If your wheels are locked up, the tires will just be skidding as your vehicle moves. Since anti-lock brakes allow your wheels to keep rotating, your tires will be able to continue gripping the road.

By eliminating skidding, increasing traction, and giving you the ability to avoid obstacles, anti-lock brakes are an essential safety system.

Brake Service and Repairs

To learn more about what an anti-lock brake system is and how it works, contact our service center. We have a team of highly trained technicians who can answer all your questions as well as take care of any brake maintenance, service, or repairs for you.

At Pat Peck Kia, we’re always excited to help drivers in D’Iberville, Gulfport, and Hattiesburg stop safely. If you’ve noticed any issues with your brakes or you’re due for maintenance, schedule service with us online.

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