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Getting to Know Anti-Lock Brakes


During driver’s education, you may have been told to “pump the brakes” when your car starts slipping and sliding. If you live in a climate that’s used to wet or icy roads, the practice has probably been drilled into your head. However, this information is now more like misinformation, since virtually all modern vehicles are manufactured with a system that pumps the brakes for you: the anti-lock brake system (ABS) or (ALB)! Break free of the “pump the brakes” myth and learn how ABS works, what it does, and how it helps in slippery poor surface road (and dangerous) driving situations.

 

What do Anti-Lock Brakes Do?


If you’ve ever driven or witnessed a car sliding helplessly down the road, you know that skidding tyres are basically… useless. When tyres start spinning they are not getting needed traction, which makes braking extremely difficult. ABS steps in by preventing the wheels from locking up and the tyres from losing traction, thus preventing the skid.

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Grinding, squeaking or squealing brakes can indicate a problem with your car brakes that should be addressed. You should also take action if your brake pedal feels spongy or if your steering wheel is shaking. If you've noticed any of these common signs of brake problems, bring your car into Highway Auto Rockhampton. Your car brakes help ensure road safety and avoid collisions with other objects or vehicles on a daily basis and you must take care of this critical component of your car.

How Does ABS Work?


While the theory behind ABS is simple, the actual mechanism is a bit more complex.
  • This system relies on speed sensors that constantly monitor the speed of the wheels.
  • These sensors send data to the controller, which looks for any extremely rapid decelerations – this is the first sign that a wheel is about to lock up.
  • If the controller senses an unnatural deceleration occurring, it uses a valve in the brake line to decrease pressure on that particular wheel. This causes an acceleration.
  • The controller then increases pressure using a pump until the wheel decelerates again, this time less rapidly, at the same rate as the vehicle.
  • It’s no longer necessary to “pump the brakes” because your ABS is essentially doing it for you, only much better, faster, and more accurately.


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Safe Driving Goes Beyond ABS


When the roads are slippery, whether from a summer rain or winter snow, ABS can help prevent minor inconveniences and major accidents. That being said, there’s simply no substitute for safe driving and a well-maintained braking system.

While it’s an excellent safety feature, ABS will not work as effectively as the vehicle manufacturer intended when driving recklessly, or if your vehicle has low brake fluid or worn brake pads. Luckily, brake problems are no problem for our experienced technicians. If your brakes aren’t responding like they used to, schedule a brake inspection and service at Highway Auto Brakes Rockhampton.

Our technicians can help keep your brakes and anti-lock brake system in tip-top shape.
 
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If Your Vehicle Is Out Of Warranty?


Are you looking for quality, value and convenience? Then look no further. We offer a first-class service and repair facility and provide you with a dealer type service at independent garage prices.

At Highway Auto Rockhampton we undertake all types of work, from servicing, replacing timing belts and full engine diagnostics to electronic management and service warning light reset. All work on your vehicle will be carried out to the very highest standard using approved parts.

Brakes and Tyres are Your Stopping Power


Your Brakes are the most important component of your vehicle. At Highway Auto Rockhampton we offer a no obligation inspection to make sure that your brakes are working at their best.

According to a study by the NRMA, bad brakes are partially to blame for approximately 22% of crashes caused by vehicle-related conditions (second only to tyre problems, which account for 35% of such crashes).

Since crashes can severely shorten your vehicle’s lifespan (and compromise your safety), it’s vital to take care of any car issues that could heighten your risk for collisions! Get your tyres and brakes checked during a Complete Vehicle Inspection at the first sign of common tyre problems or brake issues to help you steer clear of performance problems that can affect your safety on the road.

Additionally, a complete vehicle inspection can give you a more in-depth look at your car’s inner workings, helping you make more informed service and repair decisions!


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Our team of super skilled technicians have many years of industry experience, always upskilling and offer a full range of automotive solutions combined with old-fashioned, friendly and reliable service.
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