Does ABS mean I need new brake pads?

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asked Nov 7, 2023 in Other-Cars/Transportation by DynaRyder (5,270 points)
Does ABS mean I need new brake pads?

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answered Nov 9, 2023 by AmosJanes (7,920 points)
ABS light being on can mean you need new brake pads or it could mean you're low on brake fluid or something else is wrong with your ABS system.

When the ABS light comes on it's a sign that something is wrong with the ABS system which could also be a bad wheel sensor.

Worn brake pads can cause the ABS light to come on as worn brake pads can make the fluid in the brake reservoir seem lower which can trigger the ABS light and even the brake light.

If your ABS light comes on it's best to check the brake pads and the brake fluid levels first and if that does not fix the issue then you have something wrong with the ABS system or even a wheel speed sensor could be bad.

Bad wheel speed sensors can also cause the ABS light to come on.

It is OK to drive with the ABS light on.

Even when the ABS light is on your brakes on your vehicle are still working as usual and you'll be able to stop the vehicle..

However when you drive with the ABS light on the vehicle's tires are at a risk of getting locked under heavy braking which limits your ability to maneuver properly in emergencies.

The ABS light should be taken seriously though and be checked out because it's a sign that the ABS system needs checked out and the ABS system could be malfunctioning.

The most common reasons that typically cause the ABS light to turn on include a malfunctioning ABS module, low levels of brake fluid in the brake fluid reservoir, broken wheel speed sensors, or the system is turned off.

The vehicles ABS actually shares some important components with another system in your vehicle: your traction control system.

The ABS light is yellow for a reason – it indicates that caution should be taken while driving the vehicle, but there is no imminent need to stop.

It is wise to get the system checked out sooner than later.

Worn brake pads deplete your brake fluid.

By doing this, they can trigger your car's ABS light.

Anti-lock brake systems, or ABS, are an essential safety feature for any car. When the system is damaged or needs a part to replace, it can cost anywhere from $320.00 to $1,000.00

The exact cost really depends on your car and the components of its given ABS system.

Firstly, you should check your brake fluid reservoir to ensure that the levels aren't too low, as the ABS warning light can be activated if the levels of brake fluid have dropped.

If this is clearly an issue, you can top the brake fluid up yourself, which should cause the ABS light to go off.

When a car's ABS starts to fail, the brake pedal may gradually stop working.

As this happens, you'll need to increasingly press down harder on the brake pedal over time to get your car to stop.

Eventually, you won't be able to press down on your brake pedal to safely stop your car, which means your ABS no longer works.

If the TCS and the ABS warning lights both come on, along with the red main brake warning light, you should not drive the car until the problem has been fixed.

Your entire braking system is affected, and may not be able to stop your vehicle when you need it to.

Your car has a brake warning light that's separate from the ABS light.

If both the brake light and the ABS light are illuminated, it indicates that there's also a separate issue with your car's normal braking system.

If these lights are on, your brakes may fail completely if you need to bring the vehicle to a stop.

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