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Brakes and the Warning Systems That Help Us Monitor Them

by Brian England on Mon, Mar 06, 2017

How do you know what condition your brakes are in?  Do you wait until you hear them squealing a bit as you stop? Do you wait for a warning light to come on?  Do you wait until the brake pedal feels low? Do you take your car in for preventive maintenance inspections every six months or every 5,000 miles?  Well, if you didn't answer yes to that last question, you may be placing yourself and other riders in you car at risk.

Our cars can provide us with a lot of information about the condition of the brakes. There are systems in place to warn us about:

  • The parking brake being left on.
  • The brake pads wearing out.
  • A hydraulics failure or brake fluid leak.
  • A computer controlled anti-lock brake system failure.
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Topics: brakes, brake inspection, anti-lock brake system, ABS, brake service, brake light

What is the Anti-Lock Brake System and How do I Maintain it?

by Brian England on Wed, Jun 04, 2014

What is the Anti-Lock Braking System?
The anti-lock brake system (ABS) is a safety system that allows the wheels on a motor vehicle to maintain tractive contact / friction with the road surface no matter how hard the driver pushes the brake pedal. The ABS does this by preventing the wheels from locking up (stopping rotation). This is important because when the wheels on your car lock up, you can go into an uncontrollable skid.  As such, the ABS generally offers improved vehicle control and decreases stopping distances on both dry and slippery surfaces by allowing drivers to brake and steer at the same time thereby avoiding an accident.  The video below provides a good demonstration of the concept.

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Topics: anti-lock brake system, ABS, wheels locking, brake fluid flush

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