Signs of Anti-Lock Brake System Failure You Shouldn’t Ignore

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If you drive a used vehicle, it’s wise to have a vehicle service contract like those offered by GWC Warranty to help cover unexpected repairs such as anti-lock brake system failure, AC failure, or engine failure.

Some levels of GWC Warranty vehicle service contract coverage include anti-lock brake systems, but simply being covered by a service contract is not enough. It’s also important for drivers to know the signs of anti-lock brake system failure so that they can take advantage of their vehicle service contract and resolve issues with their vehicle as soon as possible.

A GWC Warranty vehicle service contract with anti-lock brake system coverage can help provide you with peace of mind, but knowing the warning signs of anti-lock brake system failure will make you a safer and more prepared driver. To help you be well-equipped on the road, here are several signs of anti-lock brake system failure that you should never ignore:

Unengaging Brake Pedal: In some cases, when an anti-lock brake system fails, the brake pedal will fail to engage and become unresponsive when you press it down. This is an obvious sign that there is a problem with your anti-lock brake system. When your brake pedal is unresponsive, you either won’t be able to stop your vehicle at all or won’t be able to do so in a safe and timely manner. Typically this kind of thing happens over time and drivers don’t experience sudden anti-lock brake system failure. But if your brake pedal becomes increasingly hard to press, it could be a sign that your pedal will eventually become unresponsive.

Increased Resistance from Brake Pads: When your anti-lock brake system is working properly, your brake pedal shouldn’t require that much effort to push down. And once you push it down you should notice a considerable amount of decreased speed from your vehicle. If you start to notice that you have to press down on your brake pedal harder because of increased resistance from your brake pads, it could be a sign that your anti-lock brake system module is failing.

ABS Light Turns On: The easiest way to realize that your anti-lock brake system is failing is if your ABS light on your dashboard turns on. This is an indicator like a check engine light, but it is only used to alert of problems with the anti-lock brake system. Some older vehicles with early anti-lock brake systems might not have an ABS light. Some of them use the check engine light instead to diagnose such problems.

Brakes Locking Up: Anti-lock brake systems are intended to prevent your wheels from locking up during heavy braking so that your vehicle doesn’t lose traction. If you notice that your brakes are locking up, especially in normal driving conditions, it’s a sign of a faulty anti-lock brake system.


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