How much do you know about brake repair and your anti-lock
braking system (ABS)? Make sure that you are informed the next time you take
your vehicle in for work. This system has three main components that ensure it
functions properly including the electronic control unit (ECU), hydraulics, and
speed sensors. Each one is necessary to ensure that you when press you foot
onto the pedal, the vehicle comes to a stop quickly and efficiently.
Electronic Control Unit
If you go in for a brake repair, your technician may tell
you that the electronic control unit needs to be fixed. You are going to need
to pay for both the parts and labor to make sure that your vehicle gets back on
the road. Some people don’t believe that this is an integral part of their
braking system. You may hear from other people that you can just connect the
system in order to get the light to go off on your dashboard.
Can this be done? Yes. Does it put you are some risk? Yes.
There is a reason that the manufacturer put a light on the dash to let you know
that something is wrong with the brakes. Remember that you will not find an
auto shop that will unplug the system for you. You will need to take it home
and do it yourself, making you personally responsible for any issues that this
This part of your braking system features things like
calipers and wheel cylinders. If you need a brake repair and your technician
suggesting replacing or fixing any of these parts, take his or her advice right
away. Continued damage to this part of the system could cause problems in the
performance of your vehicle. When you skip over these repairs, you can set
yourself up for an expensive auto shop bill in the near future.
If you have ABS, your vehicle has a speed sensor for each
wheel. It checks how fast the tires and wheels are rotating and if one begins
to go more slowly than the others, the system decreases the pressure of the
hydraulics to make sure that the brakes will still work efficiently. On the
other hand, if a wheel begins to turn more quickly than the others, the
pressure is increased. This happens numerous times while you are driving and in
most cases, you probably do not even realize it is going on. Much like the
other parts, if there is a problem with a speed sensor, replacement is usually
the best alternative.
A brake repair can be costly but there are
things you can do to avoid these issues. Set up a maintenance plan with an auto
shop near you. When you go in for an oil change, ask to have your brakes
checked or you can set up an appointment for a complete inspection of your
brakes. Either way, a professional can let you know how the system is working.