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Let’s hear it for the amazing antilock braking system! Also known as ABS, this standard safety feature deserves a hearty round of applause. It helps you retain control of your vehicle when you need it most: in an emergency.
Before antilock brakes, wheels could lock when a driver suddenly hit the brakes, making steering difficult. Today’s ABS senses that a wheel is about to lock up or go into a skid and respond by easing the braking force momentarily. This enables the wheel to maintain traction and helps the driver steer to safety.
Here’s what to do to activate antilock brakes effectively:
A closer look at the technology behind this important safety feature. Understanding what antilock brakes are and how they work can take some of the panic out of panic stops.
The primary components of ABS include:
Here’s what happens when these components work together:
What are the typical configurations of antilock brakes?
Take care of your antilock brakes, so they can take care of you. When something is essential to your personal safety, the safety of your passengers and the drivers with whom you share the road, you don’t want to leave maintenance to chance. Be sure to make time for a brake inspection. Once or twice a year is the usual, but you should check your owner’s manual for the recommendation for your specific vehicle. Please don’t skip a brake maintenance check. It’s too important.
But don’t rely solely on that scheduled check. Be on the lookout for these seven signs of brake trouble.
Bring your vehicle to Jiffy Lube® for antilock brake inspection and maintenance. Whether you pull into one of the 2,000 Jiffy Lube locations across North America for a scheduled brake check or because you’re hearing suspicious sounds or experiencing abnormal stops, you’ll drive away with peace of mind. A trained technician can answer the question “what are antilock brakes?” and recommend the next steps for helping to prevent/repair problems with your brake system.
If brake trouble is detected, a Jiffy Lube technician will give you an estimate of how much the repairs should cost and how long the work will take to perform. Upon your approval, your vehicle will be serviced and fully tested.
For a deep-dive into braking and brake pads, here's an article from our Resource Center. Please return to our Resource Center often, because new content is added regularly.
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