Anti locking braking system | Discount Car Care, Katy, TX

Anti locking braking system - ABS
Overview diagram of ABS

The theory behind anti-lock brakes is simple. A skidding wheel (where the tire contact patch is sliding relative to the road) has less traction than a non-skidding wheel. By keeping the wheels from skidding while you slow down, anti-lock brakes benefit you in two ways: You’ll stop faster, and you’ll be able to steer while you are slowing down.

There are four main components to an ABS system:

  • Speed sensors
  • Pump
  • Valves
  • Controller

Anti-lock brakes help drivers have better control of a vehicle in some road conditions where hard braking may be necessary. In vehicles without anti-lock brake systems, drivers who encounter slippery conditions have to pump their brakes to make sure they do not spin out of control because of locked up wheels. Anti-lock braking systems coordinate wheel activity with a sensor on each wheel that regulates brake pressure as necessary, so that all wheels are operating in a similar speed range.

Benefits of ABS:

  • Stopping on ice or slippery surface without losing control.
  • Lower insurance costs.
  • Higher resale value.
  • Traction control.

 Anti lock brake pump and valves
Anti lock brake pump and valves