Anti-Lock Fuses Or Relay Replacement



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Don’t Overlook This Important Component in Your ABS

Imagine you are commuting by car on a rainy day. There is a slow in the traffic ahead of you, and so you go to brake your car. Because of the water, and engine oil, on the pavement, your car begins to skid and lose control. Milliseconds later you feel your brake pulsating, and you regain traction and control just in time to steer towards safety.

Why was your brake pedal pushing back and pulsating? How did you regain traction after you were sure your car wheels locked up? Keep on reading to find out.

Anti-Lock Brake System

Before the anti-lock brake system, drivers would slam on their brakes and their wheels would lock up. With locked-up wheels, they then would begin to skid out of control, completely unable to steer the vehicle.

Nowadays, however, with the anti-lock brake system (ABS), drivers are able to continue steering during a heavy breaking incident and not lose control of their vehicle.

This is possible because when the ABS in your car is activated, it rapidly pulsates and releases pressure on your brake, upwards of 30 times per second. This enables the driver to continue applying pressure on the brake, but not lock up their tires.

When the ABS is activated during heavy braking incidents, you are able to prevent the car from skidding out of control, and you are instead able to steer towards safety.

Anti-Lock Fuses Or Relay Replacement

The Anti-lock fuses or relay Replacement

Nowadays, you may assume that the braking power on your car is largely hydraulic. However, you would be incorrect. The ABS on your car actually is an electronic system that relies on a relay and multiple fuses to function properly.

The amount of fuses included in an ABS system varies largely by the manufacturer of the ABS system, not the automaker. However, most of the time, there are two fuses involved in the anti-lock brake system.

The first fuse allows electricity to flow into the system when the key is turned and the car starts. The second fuse allows power to the rest of the ABS.

These two fuses are vitally important to the integrity of the ABS in your vehicle. If one or both of the fuses are not functioning, the entire ABS will not work.

If a fuse is out in your ABS, the ABS light on your dashboard will illuminate. When you see this, it is time for service.

How Anti-Lock Fuse Service Is Performed

The service required to diagnose the problem and replace the anti-lock fuses on your vehicle is relatively straightforward:

  • The fuse is diagnosed as the problem, and the battery of the car is shut off
  • The defective fuse is removed from its mounting
  • A new anti-lock fuse is inserted into the system, and the battery is plugged back in
  • The fuse is tested with a scanner and a full diagnostic test is performed on the entire system.
  • The brakes of the vehicle and the
  • ABS is tested for proper functionality

The Importance of ABS Service

Fortunately, most drivers do not have to rely on the ABS in their car. They are able to drive safely without skidding out and losing control.

Unfortunately, however, this means that some drivers do not service their ABS when they should.

We cannot stress enough, the importance of servicing your car when the ABS light is turned on. Getting your vehicle checked on could be the difference between reaching your destination safely, or becoming part of an auto accident.

If you have any doubts whatsoever, however big or small, about the ABS in your vehicle, don’t hesitate for a second to reach out. We are here to help you.