ABS, also known as anti-lock brakes, are a safety feature in modern trucks, cars, and motorcycles. They electronically control brakes to enhance traction and stopping distances, so your wheels don’t lock up on potentially slippery surfaces.
Although ABS brake systems are durable, they aren’t indestructible. They need proper care and maintenance to increase their longevity and minimize brake repair. For example, faulty ABS brakes can’t function properly since there’s no communication between the electronic control, brakes, and sensors.
Furthermore, ignoring ABS brake trouble can take you off the road for an extended period of time, and can be dangerous, requiring brake repair.
So, what maintenance is needed for ABS brakes to ensure they last for the long haul?
Keep Your Car’s Brakes Clean
Keeping your brake system clean allows the brake fluid to run through and against the brakes properly. This way, it ensures your ABS operates when needed. You can keep your brakes clean by spraying them with a hose to wash off excess dirt and dust.
Replace Your Brake Fluid Regularly
Changing your brake fluid regularly ensures that your anti-lock brakes work efficiently. For instance, when your brake fluid is dirty or contaminated, it changes how your brake system functions, causing your wheels to lock up. Therefore, it’s wise to replace old brake fluid during scheduled maintenance appointments, depending on its mileage.
Additionally, ignoring your brake fluid replacement can damage your master’s cylinder, callipers, and brake linings, which are expensive to repair.
All ABS brake systems have an interval of mileage or time for how often you should schedule a maintenance service. You can check your manufacturer’s manual to know this interval so that you never miss a service.
Scheduling regular maintenance for your anti-lock brakes reduces the risk that they’ll malfunction. It also allows you to identify and fix brake issues early, saving you money in brake repair or replacement costs in the long run.
Have the Speed Sensor Calibrated
ABS speed sensors can become misaligned over time, requiring calibration. But, to calibrate your speed sensors, you’ll need an experienced brake service specialist to reset your speed sensors correctly.
Brake Repair and Maintenance
Following your factory-scheduled maintenance ensures that old parts are replaced before they become a problem. But when your anti-lock brakes aren’t responding as quickly as they used to, it’s time to schedule brake repair services. If you’re in the Lafayette area, schedule with us at (925) 284-3390, or check out our specials online.